Raptors 113, Knicks 88
Short-handed New York became the latest victims of Toronto’s blossoming bench.
Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists and the Raptors beat New York on Thursday night.
New York played its first game since losing All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a torn left ACL in Tuesday’s loss to Milwaukee.
“We’ve had a lot happen within the last 24 to 48 hours,” New York guard Jarrett Jack said. “Guys are still rallying around each other, still trying to come out and play hard and compete, regardless of whatever the circumstances are.”
Serge Ibaka and Jakob Poeltl scored 13 points, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles each had 11 and Fred VanVleet 10 as the Raptors won their fifth straight home meeting with the Knicks.
The Raptors have won four straight and six of seven. Toronto is an NBA-best 23-4 at home.
Toronto won despite poor shooting performances from All-Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan shot 2 for 11 and scored eight points, while Lowry shot 2 for 8 and finished with seven.
“The bench has been great,” DeRozan said. “We know how hard they work.”
The Raptors outscored the Knicks 61-35 in bench points. Toronto coach Dwane Casey praised his second unit for its unselfishness.
“There’s no hidden agendas,” Casey said. “They’re playing with a pure heart and they don’t care who scores. When you play that way, good things are going to happen.”
Toronto’s starters got the fourth quarter off for the third straight game as the bench closed it out.
“It’s really good. We’re giving our old guys a little rest,” Poeltl joked.
Five Raptors bench players scored in double figures.
“Their second group is a really good group,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “They’ve been doing it all year and that’s why they’re one of the top teams now.”
Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 12 as the Knicks lost their fifth straight.
Luke Kornet had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut and Jack added 10 points, but the Knicks lost for the eighth time in their past 10.
“We like what he does,” Hornacek said of Kornet. “He can shoot the 3, he can go to the basket, he can block some shots. He’s going to get better and better as he plays against these better guys. I was pretty happy with the way he played.”
Besides Porzingis, New York was without G Ron Baker (right shoulder), C Enes Kanter (oral surgery) and C Joakim Noah, who recently left the team following a dispute with Hornacek.
New York acquired G Emmanuel Mudiay from Denver in a three-team trade. The Knicks sent F Doug McDermott to Dallas while the Mavericks traded G Devin Harris to the Nuggets.
“We’re happy to get Emmanuel,” Hornacek said. “He’s a big body, he’s big and strong. He can handle the ball, he can get in that lane and find guys. I think he’s got a good sense of the game.”
Warriors 121, Mavericks 103
Stephen Curry had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Golden State bounced back from a tough recent stretch.
Kevin Durant added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Draymond Green put up another impressive line: 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals.
Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, 11 rebounds, season-high five steals and two blocks, while rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 22 points.
Curry's pretty three-point play with 1:28 left in the third put the Warriors up 88-83, and once Golden State got going in transition the Mavericks couldn't keep up in what became a dunk fest.
Lakers 106, Thunder 81
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and balanced Los Angeles beat short-handed Oklahoma City.
Brandon Ingram added 19 points, Julius Randle scored 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16 for the Lakers, who won their eighth straight at home. Los Angeles is 12-5 in its last 17 games, including four consecutive wins.
Paul George scored 29 points for the Thunder, who played without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony as each was hampered by a sprained ankle. Steven Adams had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Thunder lost for the fifth time in six games.
Trail Blazers 109, Hornets 103 (OT)
Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Portland returned home with a win over Charlotte.
CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. The victory over the Hornets was their ninth straight at Moda Center.
Kemba Walker, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 40 points for Charlotte. Marvin Williams, who returned after missing four games with a left ankle sprain, finished with 10.
Magic 100, Hawks 98
Evan Fournier scored 22 points, D.J. Augustin added 16 points and nine assists, and Orlando held on to beat Atlanta.
Marreese Speights added 14 points and Jonathon Simmons had 13 for the Magic, who won their third straight. It’s only the second time this season the Magic have won three in a row.
Taurean Prince and Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 19 points apiece. Tyler Dorsey and Malcolm Delaney each added 11.
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