NBA: Raptors beat Spurs to spoil DeMar DeRozan's Toronto return; Paul George powers Thunder to double-overtime win
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat his former San Antonio Spurs teammates, spoiling DeMar DeRozan's return to the city of Toronto
Kawhi Leonard had a go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and scored 25 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat his former San Antonio Spurs teammates 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling DeMar DeRozan's return
Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Taj Gibson added a season-high 19 and Minnesota overcame the first missed game of Karl-Anthony Towns' career to beat New York
Kemba Walker had 27 points and 11 assists in his first outing since the All-Star game and Charlotte overcame Bradley Beal's 46-point night for Washington
Toronto: Kawhi Leonard had a go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and scored 25 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat his former San Antonio Spurs teammates 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling DeMar DeRozan's return.
Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan at midcourt and raced in alone for a one-handed slam.
Traded to San Antonio in the offseason deal that sent Leonard to Toronto, DeRozan received a warm welcome in the homecoming but was denied a second victory over his former team. He finished with 23 points.
Lowry and DeRozan embraced near center court following the final whistle as the sellout crowd of 20,058 cheered in approval.
Pascal Siakam added 22 points to help Toronto win its seventh straight game. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each had 17, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 points in his second game with the Raptors.
Marco Belinelli scored 21 points for San Antonio, Davis Bertans had 16, and Rudy Gay added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Spurs have lost five of six.
Oklahoma City Thunder 148 — 147 Utah Jazz (2OT)
Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot as Oklahoma City topped Utah.
George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.
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Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.
Jerami Grant had 18 points for the Thunder.
Minnesota Timberwolves 115 — 104 New York Knicks
Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Taj Gibson added a season-high 19 and Minnesota overcame the first missed game of Karl-Anthony Towns' career to beat New York.
Towns' streak of 303 consecutive starts was snapped when he was placed in the concussion protocol after a car accident. Towns was able to fly to New York after the accident Thursday in Minnesota, but was ruled out after further medical examination Friday.
Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier each scored 20 points for the Knicks in their 18th straight home loss.
Denver Nuggets 114 — 104 Dallas Mavericks
Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Denver beat Dallas for its third straight victory.
Paul Millsap added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery.
Nikola Jokic finds Jamal Murray down court for your Heads Up Play of the Day! pic.twitter.com/jD87NH9FS5
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Dallas rookie star Luka Doncic sat out with a sore right ankle. Jalen Brunson started in Doncic's place and had a career-high 22 points.
Detroit Pistons 125 — 122 Atlanta Hawks
Thon Maker made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining and Detroit overcame Blake Griffin's ejection to beat Atlanta.
Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 32 points, and Andre Drummond had 26 points and 21 rebounds for Detroit. Griffin was ejected after his second technical foul in the third quarter.
Trae Young led Atlanta with 30 points and 10 assists.
Indiana Pacers 126 — 111 New Orleans Pelicans
Wesley Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during a third-quarter rally, Domantis Sabonis had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Indiana overcame a 20-point deficit to beat New Orleans.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points for Indiana. Cheick Diallo led New Orleans with 16 points. Anthony Davis had 15 points.
Charlotte Hornets 123 — 110 Washington Wizards
Kemba Walker had 27 points and 11 assists in his first outing since the All-Star game and Charlotte overcame Bradley Beal's 46-point night for Washington.
Nic Batum added 20 points for the Hornets in his first game this season at shooting guard.
Chicago Bulls 110 — 109 Orlando Magic
Lauri Markannen made two of three free throws with 1.5 seconds left to lift Chicago past Orlando.
After being fouled by Aaron Gordon on a 3-pointer, Markannen missed the first attempt, the Bulls' only miss of the game in 19 attempts, and hit the second two. Markannen finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 22 points.
Los Angeles Clippers 112 — 106 Memphis Grizzlies
Montrezl Harrell matched his career high with 30 points, Danilo Gallinari added 23, including 10 straight points in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles beat Memphis.
Lou Williams added 18 points. Mike Conley scored 25 points for the Grizzlies.
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