NBA roundup: Leonard, Raptors rout 76ers

October 31, 2018 - 2:06 PM
Kawhi Leonard
Oct 30, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2)protects the ball from Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto defeated Philadelphia. (Reuters via USA TodayJohn E. Sokolowski)

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas added 23 points off the bench as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 129-112 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Lowry added 20 points and 12 assists for his fifth double-double of the season for Toronto, and Pascal Siakam finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Serge Ibaka chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Danny Green scored 10 points, putting all five starters in double digits in points.

It was the sixth straight home victory to open the season for the Raptors, a franchise best. They also have defeated the 76ers in 12 consecutive home games.

Joel Embiid scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds — along with 11 turnovers. Robert Covington added 15 points while JJ Redick (13) and Mike Muscala (12) combined for 25 off the bench.

Trail Blazers 104, Rockets 85

Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 63 points and visiting Portland dismantled suddenly hapless Houston, the Rockets’ fourth straight loss.

The Trail Blazers, completing a four-game, six-day road trip, overcame a sluggish start and pulled away from the rested Rockets with a 15-3 run in the second quarter. Nurkic and Lillard each had 22 points, and McCollum added 19.

The Rockets, playing a second consecutive game without All-NBA guard James Harden (Grade 1-plus left hamstring strain), offered token resistance in the second half, trailing by as many as 28 points while remaining winless at home. Chris Paul led Houston with 17 points and nine assists, and Clint Capela had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Celtics 108, Pistons 105

Kyrie Irving capped a 23-7 third-quarter run with 11 consecutive points, including three 3-pointers, propelling host Boston to a big lead — which the Celtics nearly blew before hanging on in a wild one against Detroit.

Irving led all scorers with 31 points, helping the Celtics beat the Pistons for the second time in four days. Blake Griffin (24 points, 15 rebounds) and Andre Drummond (17 points, 12 rebounds) each had double-doubles for the Pistons.

Detroit led 60-58 in the third minute of the third quarter before the Celtics scored 10 straight points to take a lead they never relinquished. The Pistons rallied within 90-89 on a Reggie Bullock free throw with 4:21 remaining, but Irving, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris countered with consecutive hoops to create some breathing room and the Celtics went on to win their third straight.

Thunder 128, Clippers 110

Russell Westbrook and Paul George each scored 32 points, and Oklahoma City used an offensive eruption to open the second half and ultimately overrun visiting Los Angeles.

Trailing 67-54 at halftime, the Thunder went on a 23-2 run to open the third quarter, winning their second consecutive game after opening the season with four consecutive defeats.

Westbrook, who missed the first two games of the season after undergoing a knee procedure, has scored at least 23 points in three of the four games he has played. He has scored at least 30 points twice. He was not on the court when Oklahoma City lost to the Clippers 108-92 on Oct. 19 at Los Angeles.

Cavaliers 136, Hawks 114

Rodney Hood scored a season-high 26 points and helped Cleveland beat visiting Atlanta to earn its first win in seven games this season.

The win marked the debut of Cleveland coach Larry Drew, who took over following the firing of Tyronn Lue on Sunday.

The Cavaliers also got 20 points from Cedi Osman, who has reached that mark in the past two games. The Cavaliers were playing without Kevin Love, who missed his third straight game with a sore left foot. Trae Young led Atlanta with 24 points, and Alex Len had 20 points and nine rebounds.

Kings 107, Magic 99

Sacramento won for the fourth straight time, beating host Orlando for the Kings’ best start in four seasons.

Sacramento’s 5-3 start this season is its best since a 5-3 opening to the 2014-15 season, and the Kings are two games over .500 for the first time since Nov. 28 that same season.

Buddy Hield led the Kings with a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Nemanja Bjelica added 21 points. Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Gordon (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (15 points, 15 boards) had double-doubles for the Magic.

Hornets 125, Heat 113

Tony Parker came off the bench for 24 points and 11 assists as host Charlotte beat Miami for the second time in 11 days.

Parker, a 17-year veteran in his first season with the Hornets, shot 8 of 15 from the field on a night when the Hornets hit 54.3 percent from the floor and were 13 of 28 from 3-point range.

Malik Monk and Nicolas Batum each had 20 points for Charlotte. Dwyane Wade topped the Heat with 19 points, and Hassan Whiteside contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Grizzlies 107, Wizards 95

Garrett Temple scored 20 points, and Mike Conley and Marc Gasol added 19 apiece as Memphis topped visiting Washington for its second straight win.

Temple hit 4 of 7 3-point attempts and all six of his foul shots. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal added 17 for the Wizards, who dropped the final four games of their five-game road trip. Wall had seven assists and nine turnovers.

—Field Level Media