Leonard hits winning basket, Raptors beat Nets 127-125

TORONTO (AP) — Marc Gasol change into once a winner in his first home recreation with the Toronto Raptors — thanks to a candy shot by Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds final and the Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Monday evening.

“I asked if he called ‘bank,‘” Toronto coach Reduce Nurse mentioned. “He mentioned he called ‘recreation.’”

Leonard scored 30 aspects, Serge Ibaka had 18 aspects and 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who’ve won eight straight home conferences with the Nets.

Gasol scored 16 aspects, 11 within the fourth quarter, in his home debut after being got from Memphis final Thursday.

“I positively bought more overjoyed,” Gasol mentioned of his broad quarter.

D’Angelo Russell scored 28 aspects and had a profession-excessive 14 assists for Brooklyn. Joe Harris scored 24 aspects and made a profession-handiest seven 3-pointers, nevertheless the Nets misplaced for the fifth time in six games.

The Nets gave the ball to Russell on their final possession, nevertheless his long shot bounced off the rim and into Kyle Lowry’s fingers.

Lowry and Patrick McCaw every scored 13 for the Raptors, who’ve won 14 of 15 in opposition to Brooklyn.

Allen Crabbe made six 3-pointers and scored 22 aspects, while Jarret Allen scored 15 for the Nets.

Toronto led 120-114 on a 3 by Lowry at 2:forty five of the fourth nevertheless Crabbe replied with motivate-to-motivate 3-pointers to tie it at 120 at 1:34.

Russell hit a tiebreaking 3 with 50 seconds to stagger, nevertheless Danny Inexperienced answered with a 3 for the Raptors.

With the teams tied at 92 to initiate up the fourth, Gasol scored 11 of Toronto’s first 13 aspects within the final quarter.

“It change into once a heck of a stretch for him,” Nurse mentioned. “In actuality relaxing, in truth impressive.”

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson had praise for Gasol, too.

“I idea he commanded within the put up,” Atkinson mentioned. “I might well in truth gaze him anchoring that second unit and making them very unhealthy.”

Gasol bought a standing ovation when he modified Ibaka at 3:03 of the first.

“It presents you the butterflies to your belly,” Gasol mentioned of the rousing welcome. “It made it’s seemingly you’ll well seemingly even be feeling bask in a rookie again. It’s a huge feeling to have.”

Harris made five of six from 3-point vary within the first quarter and Brooklyn led 29-21 after one. The five 3-pointers are the most Harris has made in a single quarter, and matched his season excessive for a whole recreation.

The Nets led 60-56 at halftime.


Nets: Brooklyn shot 20 for 41 from 3-point vary, matching their season excessive for made 3-pointers. … F DeMarre Carroll (left knee) change into once no longer readily available. Atkinson mentioned Carroll can also fair aloof return Wednesday at Cleveland.

Raptors: Toronto has won five straight. … This change into once the first of six consecutive home games for the Raptors, who don’t play on the highway in opposition to till March 3 at Detroit. … Musician Sting attended the recreation.


Raptors guard Fred VanVleet change into once no longer readily available. Sooner than the recreation, the Raptors mentioned VanVleet will omit no less than three weeks thanks to a ligament damage in his left thumb. VanVleet change into once rupture within the second quarter of Saturday’s safe at Contemporary York.

Toronto got some insurance at the point guard screech Monday after they agreed to stamp traditional Jeremy Lin, who is being waived by the Atlanta Hawks. Lin will stamp with Toronto later this week, mentioned Jim Tanner, idea to be one of his agents.


In his second recreation since lacking 42 with a suitable foot damage, Caris LeVert shot 3 for 11 and scored six aspects.

“Is he clicking on all cylinders? No, nevertheless I don’t care, somewhat in truth,” Atkinson mentioned.


Nets: Consult with Cleveland on Wednesday evening.

Raptors: Host Washington on Wednesday evening.


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