Rookie AJ Griffin caught a pass from Trae Young and made an undisputed shot at the buzzer to give Atlanta a 124-122 win in overtime over the visiting Toronto.
The Raptors’ OG Anunoby took two free throws to level the game with 3.8 seconds remaining. With no time out, Atlanta brought the ball to Young, who threw a high pass towards the edge. Griffin caught the ball in the air near the basket and dropped it when the horn sounded.
Griffin had 17 points, eight of them in overtime, with five rebounds, one of which was a key offensive board in overtime. Young scored 33 points in 12-for-21 shooting with 12 assists.
Raptors forward Scottie Barnes led six double-digit scorers with 28 points. Anunoby added 27 points.
Pacer 114, magic 113
Aaron Nesmith had a career-high 19 points, including two fouls with 9.6 seconds left, and Indiana extended their winning streak to four games with a win over Orlando in Indianapolis.
Tyrese Haliburton had 22 points and 14 assists for Indiana while Myles Turner contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds. Franz Wagner led Orlando with 29 points while Bol Bol had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Orlando took a 113-109 lead with 1:43 to go when Wagner made one of his five 3-pointers. Nesmith responded with a 3-pointer to make it a one-point play and the third-year forward delivered the final points when he went for the foul line with 9.6 seconds left. The Pacers walked away with the win after Wagner missed a shot near the basket by 5.1 seconds. Mo Bamba got the rebound but missed his tip-in attempt.
Timberwolves 112, 76ers 109
Anthony Edwards posted a team-high 25 points, but his key play of the night came when he stopped a potential lead-changing fastbreak attempt to salvage Minnesota’s win over Philadelphia.
Minnesota led in the final game of their four-game road swing by as much as 20 points but gave up a 19-5 run in the final more than eight minutes of regulation. De’Anthony Melton drew Philadelphia to a 110-109 lead and tied three of his 19 points with 29.1 seconds left. Melton then stole the ball from Edwards on the Timberwolves’ ensuing possession and raced across the court for the layup.
Edwards was up on the try, however, and Karl-Anthony Towns snagged his eighth and final rebound. Edwards finished the game with two free throws. Joel Embiid fueled the Sixers’ comeback with 32 top-game points, nine team-high rebounds and six assists. Melton shot 5 of 9 from 3 point range and Shake Milton finished 10 of 15 shooting with 27 points.
Clippers 119, Spurs 97
Norman Powell scored 26 points and Paul George added 21, all in the first half as hosts Los Angeles rolled over San Antonio, who lost their fourth straight game and ninth of their last 10.
George sat out the second half with a right knee pain after hitting five 3-pointers. The severity of his injury is yet to be determined but he sat on the bench for the remainder of the game in uniform.
Reggie Jackson added 20 points for the Clippers. Jakob Pöltl led San Antonio with 20 points.
Jazz 118, Trailblazer 113
Jordan Clarkson scored eight straight points late in the fourth quarter and led Utah, who has the best record in the Western Conference, to an away win over Portland.
Malik Beasley led all scorers with 29 points for Utah. Those results allowed Utah to build a 19-point lead in the third quarter before Portland made a run to get back in contention.
Damian Lillard finished 1 of 12 from 3-point range before ending the contest with a re-aggravation of a calf injury. He didn’t come back. Anfernee Simons led Portland with 23 points.