WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook hit 3-pointers in a wild 3.8-second sequence in the final seconds to help the Washington Wizards stun Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, 149-146, on Sunday night (Monday, Manila time).
Westbrook had 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and NBA scoring leader Beal had 37 points. In the fourth quarter, Beal had 22 points and Westbrook had 15. Durant, second in the NBA in scoring, also had 37 points.
With Washington down 146-141, Beal hit a 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left. Garrison Matthews deflected Joe Harris’ inbounds pass to Westbrook and he made a 3 with 4.3 seconds left for a 147-146 lead.
Kyrie Irving found Timothe Luwawu-Carbarrot under the basket with 2.9 seconds left, but his layup attempt spun around the rim and failed to drop. Beal added two free throws with 0.7 seconds left as the Wizards broke a four-game losing steak and improved to a still NBA-worst 4-12.
RAPTORS 115, MAGIC 102
TAMPA, Florida — Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 115-102 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night (Monday, Manila time).
Kyle Lowry had 12 points and 14 assists, and Aaron Baynes added eight points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Rookie Cole Anthony led Orlando with 16 points. Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost 11 of 13.
Magic forward Aaron Gordon left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury after scoring 14 points.
NUGGETS 128, JAZZ 117
DENVER — Nikola Jokic matched his career high with 47 points and the fast-starting Denver Nuggets beat Utah, 128-117, on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) to end the Jazz’s winning streak at 11.
Jokic was 17 for 26 from the field, hit all four of his 3-point attempts, made 9 of 10 free throws and had 12 rebounds and five assists. He scored 33 points in the first half.
Will Barton added 18 points, and Jamal Murray had 16 to help the Nuggets win for the sixth time in seven games.
Utah lost for the first time since Jan. 6 at New York. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points, and Donovan Mitchell had 13 in 31 minutes after missing two games while in concussion protocol.
CLIPPERS 129, KNICKS 115
NEW YORK — Not even the NBA’s leading defensive team could slow down the surging Los Angeles Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points and the Clippers rang up the highest point total of the season against the New York Knicks on Sunday (Monday, Manila time), winning 129-115 for their 10th victory in 11 games.
The Clippers shredded the NBA leaders in fewest points per game allowed to break away after leading by one at halftime. Even playing without two starters, they surpassed the 102.7 points per game the Knicks had been allowing with their first basket of the final quarter and kept pouring it on in their third straight victory.