Reserve guard Terrence Ross had 16 points and 7-foot center Jonas
Valanciunas had 14 points for the Raptors (33-16), who have won 12
of their last 13. Forward Markieff Morris had a season-high 30
points and 11 rebounds for the Suns (14-36), who have lost five in a
row, 11 of their last 12 and 20 of their last 22.
Suns rookie guard Devin Booker had 27 points and tied a career high
with six 3-pointers.
First-year Suns assistant Watson was promoted to interim coach
Monday, when the Suns fired Jeff Hornacek in what was to be the
final year of his three-year contract.
Trail Blazers 107, Bucks 95
PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum scored 30 points and Damian Lillard
added 14 points and 12 assists as Portland stayed hot with a victory
over Milwaukee at the Moda Center.
Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 16 points for the Trail Blazers, who are
9-2 in their last 11 games.
Khris Middleton scored 21 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo collected 19
points, eight rebounds and five assists and Greg Monroe had 17
points and eight boards for Milwaukee, which lost its fourth
straight and sixth in seven games.
Rockets 115, Heat 102
HOUSTON -- James Harden recorded a double-double and steered the
makeshift Houston Rockets to a win over Miami at Toyota Center.
Harden finished with game highs in points (26) and assists (14)
while carrying the Rockets to victory. Houston snapped a three-game
skid despite the absence of centers Dwight Howard (suspension) and
Clint Capela (thigh). Despite being shorthanded, Harden had ample
Josh Smith filled the void in the middle and finished with a
season-high 19 points. Enigmatic forward Terrence Jones added 11
points and seven rebounds off the bench while reserve Marcus
Thornton scored 18 points in 22 minutes, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers.
Celtics 97, Knicks 89
NEW YORK -- Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points and distributed eight
assists, but it was the contribution of Boston's bench that was the
difference in the Celtics' 97-89 win over New York at Madison Square
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Reserve Tyler Zeller posted a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds,
backup Evan Turner contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds and Kelly
Olynyk added 13 points. The Boston bench outscored New York's
Arron Afflalo led the Knicks (23-28) with 18 points, Robin Lopez
added 17 points and 13 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony recorded 16
points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double and 14th
of the season.
Lakers 119, Timberwolves 115
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 38 points, and Los
Angeles ended a 10-game skid with a victory over Minnesota at
Six foul shots by Bryant, who scored 14 of the last 18 points for
Los Angeles, in the final 17 seconds sealed the win for the Lakers
(10-41), who avoided setting a franchise mark for consecutive
losses. They tied the 1993-94 Lakers, who lost their final 10 games
of the season under coach Earvin "Magic" Johnson, in a 101-82 defeat
by the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
Bryant hit 10 of 21 shots from the floor, including seven of 11 from
3-point range. Lou Williams scored 20 points, D'Angelo Russell added
18 and Jordan Clarkson finished with 16 for the Lakers. Julius
Randle had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.
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