Leonard hits winning basket, Raptors beat Nets 127-125
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 12, 2019 11:10 AM
TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard banked home the tie-breaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who have won eight straight home meetings with the Nets.
Raptors center Marc Gasol scored 16 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, in his home debut after being acquired in last Thursday's trade with Memphis.
D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had a career-high 15 assists for Brooklyn. Joe Harris scored 24 points and made a career-best seven three-pointers, but the Nets lost for the fifth time in six games.
The Nets gave the ball to Russell on their final possession, but his long shot bounced off the rim and into Kyle Lowry's hands.
Lowry and Patrick McCaw each scored 13 for the Raptors, who have won 14-of-15 against Brooklyn.
Toronto led 120-114 on a three by Lowry at 2:45 of the fourth but Crabbe replied with back-to-back three-pointers to tie it at 120 at 1:34.
Russell hit a tiebreaking triple with 50 seconds to go, but Danny Green answered with a three for the Raptors.
Gasol received a standing ovation when he checked in for Ibaka at 3:03 of the first.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was not available. Before the game, the Raptors said VanVleet will miss at least three weeks because of a ligament inury in his left thumb. VanVleet was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) win at New York.
Toronto acquired some insurance at the point guard position Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) when they agreed to sign veteran Jeremy Lin, who is being waived by the Atlanta Hawks. Lin will sign with Toronto later this week, said Jim Tanner, one of his agents.
Harris made 5-of-6 from three-point range in the first quarter and Brooklyn led 29-21 after one. The five three-pointers are the most Harris has ever made in a single quarter, and matched his season-high for an entire game.
Leonard scored nine points in the second but Harris made two more from long range, giving Brooklyn a 60-56 lead at halftime.
Russell scored 14 points in the third, but Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who tied it 92-all on Anunoby's driving basket in the final seconds of the quarter.
Nets: In his second game since missing 42 with a foot injury, Caris LeVert shot 3-for-11 and scored six points. ... The Nets shot 20-for-41 from three-point range. ... F DeMarre Carroll (left knee) was not available. Coach Kenny Atkinson said Carroll should return Wednesday at Cleveland.
Raptors: This was the first of six consecutive home games for the Raptors, who don't play on the road against until March 3 (Mar. 4, PHL time) at Detroit. ... Musician Sting attended the game.
Nets: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Raptors: Host Washington on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).