TORONTO (AP) — Nikola Jokic capped a triple-double with three free throws in the final seven seconds, Kyle Lowry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Denver Nuggets overcame an injury to leading scorer Gary Harris to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-103 on Monday night.
Jokic made it 104-103 with a free throw with 7.0 seconds left, then hit two more foul shots with 5.6 seconds remaining before Lowry bounced a 26-footer off the rim.
Jokic had 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 21 points, and Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez each scored 15 points for Denver. The Nuggets won their sixth straight and halted Toronto’s winning streak at eight.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 and Pascal Siakam 14 for the Raptors.
John Collins led Atlanta with 24 points, and Trae Young added 20.
CLIPPERS 129, PELICANS 126
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tobias Harris made two clutch free throws with 4.7 seconds left to close out a 27-point performance, and Los Angeles held off New Orleans.
Dino Gallinari scored 24 points, and Lou Williams topped off his 20-point night with a long, contested, off-balance jumper that gave the Clippers a 127-124 lead with 6.4 seconds remaining.
The Clippers chose to foul quickly on New Orleans’ next possession, and Darius Miller made two free throws with 4.9 seconds to go. The Pelicans followed suit with a quick foul but had little choice but to attempt a 3 as time ran out after Harris made his late free throws. E’Twaun Moore wound up with the final shot, which caromed off the rim for a long rebound as time expired.
Julius Randle scored a career-high 37 points for New Orleans, which has dropped six of its last eight games.
THUNDER 110, PISTONS 83
DETROIT (AP) — Steven Adams scored 21 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City ended Detroit’s five-game winning streak.
Paul George added 17 points for the Thunder, who are 15-3 since losing their first four games.
Blake Griffin led Detroit with 20 points, while Andre Drummond added 13.
Detroit came into the game having won six straight at home, including the first five games on its current homestand, but fell six points short of its previous season low.
Detroit’s offense continued to struggle in the second half without Reggie Bullock, who left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. The Thunder took a 71-51 lead midway through the third quarter and led by 28 at the end of the period. In the fourth, Oklahoma City led by as many as 35.
TIMBERWOLVES 103, ROCKETS 91
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns helped erase a 14-point halftime deficit to lift Minnesota over Houston.
Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins had 16 points. The Rockets led by as many as 19 in the first half before Minnesota stormed back to take the lead for good in the third quarter.
James Harden finished with 29 points, and Clint Capela added 24 for the Rockets. Houston went cold after halftime, scoring just nine points in the fourth quarter and 29 total in the second half.
Minnesota clamped down on defense in the third quarter while shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Houston shot just 38.1 percent in the third quarter and connected on 2 of 11 from deep.
CAVALIERS 99, NETS 97
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Clarkson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, newcomer Alec Burks threw down a two-handed dunk with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and Cleveland avoided a fourth-quarter collapse against Brooklyn.
Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped their four-game losing streak.
The Nets went on a 17-6 run in the fourth, tying it 97-all on rookie Rodion Kurucs’ put-back layup with 18.9 seconds left. Burks drove past Spencer Dinwiddie for the dunk that sealed it.
D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points for Brooklyn, which has lost seven straight and nine of 11 overall, including their last six at home. Dinwiddie had 18 points off the bench.
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