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Warriors edge 76ers with 0.2 seconds remaining

By AP - Jan 31,2016 - Last updated at Jan 31,2016

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors blocks the shot of JaKarr Sampson of the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia, on Saturday (AFP photo by Mitchell Leff)

PHILADELPHIA — Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining and the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 108-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Klay Thompson had 32 points and Stephen Curry scored 23 points for the Warriors, who nearly blew a 24-point second-half lead. Draymond Green added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which opened a three-game road trip with their sixth straight victory while matching the NBA’s best start through 47 games.

They tied the 1966-67 76ers, who also won 43 of their first 47.

Isaiah Canaan had 18 points to lead the 76ers, who dropped to 7-41.

Pacers 109, Nuggets 105, OT

Monta Ellis scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Denver Nuggets.

Ellis missed a 3-pointer with the game tied at 99 as regulation ended, but he converted a three-point play with 20.4 seconds left in overtime to seal it and send the Pacers to a second straight victory.

Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 23 points, and Kenneth Faried added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Pacers starting centre Ian Mahinmi sat out with sore lower back.

Raptors 111, Pistons 107

DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons to push the team’s franchise-best win streak to 11 consecutive games.

Kyle Lowry had 18 points and backup centre Bismack Biyombo added 12 points and 13 assists. Cory Joseph also had 16 points off the bench.

Reserve guard Brandon Jennings led the way for Detroit with 22 points, with starter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributing 15. Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-leading 39th double-double.

Pelicans 105, Nets 103

Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Brooklyn Nets.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his first game back after sitting out with a concussion. Davis started 0 for 10 from the floor before finding his rhythm.

The Pelicans (18-28) and Davis were helped by Ryan Anderson’s 24 points off the bench. Holiday’s final shot gave him a team-best 26 points.

Brook Lopez scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Nets, who lost for the third straight game and allowed an opponent to shoot 44 per cent or better for the 12th consecutive game.

Spurs 117, Cavaliers 103

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 apiece as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally took down one of the NBA’s elite teams, beating the San Antonio Spurs.

The Cavs won their fourth straight under coach Tyronn Lue, who was promoted after David Blatt was fired on January 22. Cleveland came in 0-5 against San Antonio, Golden State and Chicago, three top-tier teams who figure to contend with them for a title this season.

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 and LaMarcus Aldridge 15 for the Spurs.

Wizards 123, Rockets 122

John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied for a win over the Houston Rockets to snap a three-game losing streak.

Ramon Sessions had 17 points off the bench, Jared Dudley had 16 points and Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Wizards shot 52 per cent.

James Harden had 40 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but Houston lost their third straight. Dwight Howard had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets but was ejected for the second straight game.

Grizzlies 121, Kings 117

Jeff Green scored 29 points, Marc Gasol had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies thwarted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings, who lost their fourth straight, pulled within 118-117 on a 3-pointer from Darren Collison with 18.7 seconds left. Courtney Lee converted two free throws for a 120-117 lead. On the next possession, Collison lost the ball, the Kings’ 19th turnover, and Memphis held on for its third straight win and ninth in the last 11.

 

Rudy Gay led the Kings with 21 points, including 13 in the fourth.

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