SACRAMENTO – (Wire Service Report) – Rudy Gay scored 23 points, the final four on a pair of dunks off turnovers, and referees nullified a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Terrence Ross to give the Sacramento Kings a 102-99 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Ross appeared to tie the game with a 30-foot prayer from in front of the Kings’ bench with less than one second left. Replays showed that Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins tipped the inbounds pass, but also that Ross’ shot fell well before the final horn. The refs, however, ruled that the clock didn’t start upon the tip as it should have, so time was up before Ross took the shot.
Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry each scored 23 points for the Raptors, but Lowry missed the last of three free-throw attempts with 26.2 seconds left to keep Toronto down 102-99. Valanciunas added 14 rebounds.
Cousins finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Knicks 104, Hawks 94
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony poured in 31 points, and Kristaps Porzingis contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds as New York earned a win over Atlanta.
The Knicks, who led by as many 13 points in the fourth quarter, won for the second time in three games.
Atlanta received 19 points from Paul Millsap and 18 points and 18 rebounds from Dwight Howard.
Trail Blazers 129, Nets 109
BROOKLYN – CJ McCollum scored 33 points as Portland clamped down defensively in the third quarter and snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Brooklyn.
Evan Turner added 19 for Portland while Damian Lillard contributed 18. Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard added 14 apiece as the Trail Blazers shot a season-best 57.6 percent and made a season high 15 3-pointers.
Brook Lopez made his first seven shots and scored 21 for Brooklyn, which lost its fourth straight game. Trevor Booker added 16 as the Nets lost for the fifth time in six games by allowing 100 points for the 11th time and shooting 26 percent in the second half.
Pacers 115, Thunder 111
OKLAHOMA CITY — Jeff Teague scored 30 points to lead Indiana past Oklahoma City.
Teague shot 9 of 16 from the field and was 9 of 9 from the free-throw line. Thaddeus Young added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Glenn Robinson III posted 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Pacers improved to 8-7.
Russell Westbrook earned his fifth triple double of the season for Oklahoma City with 31 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds. Enes Kanter came off the bench to post 16 points while Victor Oladipo scored 14 points.
Nuggets 105, Jazz 91
DENVER — Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Wilson Chandler scored 17 points off the bench, and Denver beat Utah.
Danilo Gallinari added 13 points and eight assists, and rookie Jamal Murray scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Nuggets.
Gordon Hayward had 25 points and seven rebounds for Utah, which dropped its fourth in a row.
Bulls 118, Lakers 110
LOS ANGELES — With Dwyane Wade taking the night off, Jimmy Butler carried Chicago past Los Angeles.
Butler scored 40 points on 14-of-23 shooting, including 12 points in the third quarter as the Bulls took control of the game. The win gave the Bulls a split of their back-to-back weekend in Los Angeles (they lost to the Clippers on Saturday) and a 3-1 start to their six-game road trip.
Nikola Mirotic added 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls. Lou Williams paced the Lakers with 25 points, and Larry Nance Jr. added 18.