Evans’ buzzer-beater snaps Pelicans’ losing streak against Raptors
TORONTO, Canada (AP):
Tyreke Evans scored from a driving layup with 1.6 seconds left as the New Orleans Pelicans beat Toronto 95-93 on Sunday night, their first victory in seven meetings with the Raptors.
Evans scored 26 points and Alexis Ajinca had 22 to help the Pelicans win without injured starters Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. Davis and Holiday sat out for the second straight game. Davis is sidelined by a sprained toe on his left foot and Holiday has a sore right ankle.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Davis could return for last night's game at New York against the Knicks, but said he won't rush the former first overall pick back into the line-up because of how hard Davis plays.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points. The Raptors have lost seven of their last nine games.
In Orlando, Florida, Kevin Durant had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Oklahoma City downed the Orlando Magic 127-99.
Russell Westbrook finished with 17 points and six assists. Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters each added 16 points.
The Thunder never trailed and led by as many as 38 on their way to snapping a four-game road losing streak. They also shot 57 per cent in the first of five road games in nine nights.
Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 23 points. Elfrid Payton added 19 points and eight assists.
The Magic gave up a club-record 79 first-half points on their way to dropping their second straight game. The Thunder were also the sixth consecutive opponent to score 100 or more points against them.
San Antonio's Tiago Splitter scored 14 points and Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and nine rebounds as the Spurs never trailed to beat the Jazz 89-69 while holding Utah to a season-low scoring total.
Tim Duncan added 11 points in 23 minutes for San Antonio, which have won three straight - including the last two with Leonard back in the line-up.
Rudy Gobert had 13 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and Gordon Hayward added 10 points for Utah. The Jazz shot 33 percent while also setting season lows in points by a San Antonio opponent for the game and in the first half (27).