Fred’s career game lifts Raptors

    471
    STYMIED: Clippers star Kawhi Leonard blocks a shot by Nets guard Kyrie Irving in first half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    FRED VanVleet set a club record with 54 points, including a career-best 11 3-pointers in 14 attempts, as the visiting Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 123-108 on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila).

    Toronto’s previous club record was 52 by DeMar DeRozan. VanVleet’s 54 points were the most ever by an undrafted NBA player, surpassing the 53 scored by Moses Malone of the Houston Rockets against the then-San Diego Clippers in 1982.

    VanVleet scored 17 points in the first quarter and had 28 points by halftime, as he went 8-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half. The team record for 3-pointers in a game is 12, set by Donyell Marshall in 2005. He wound up making 17 of 23 shots from the floor, including 11 of 14 from long range.

    Kyle Lowry added a triple-double with 14 points,10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Raptors. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Magic, and Evan Fournier also scored 21 points.

    In other games, it was the Nets 124, Clippers 120; Jazz 117, Pistons 105; Blazers 132, Wizards 121; Pacers 134, Grizzlies 116; and Celtics 111, Warriors 107.

    Nets 124, Clippers 120

    Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 39 points, but Brooklyn nearly collapsed again down the stretch before outlasting Los Angeles in New York.

    Kevin Durant added 28 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who shot 57 percent from the floor. James Harden posted his fourth triple-double with the Nets and the 50th of his career by totaling 23 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

    Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points for the Clippers, who saw a three-game winning streak stopped and lost for only the second time in their past 12 games. Paul George added 26 and Nicolas Batum contributed 21 for Los Angeles.

    Jazz 117, Pistons 105

    Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points, Bojan Bogdanovic hit late back-to-back 3-pointers and Utah held on to defeat Detroit in Salt Lake City. The Pistons made a furious push to pull within four points late in the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as 28 points.

    Bogdanovic’s late 3-pointers gave the Jazz 16 on the night, helping them set an NBA record. Utah has now made at least 15 treys in 11 straight games, surpassing the mark set by the Houston Rockets (2018-19 and 2019-20). The Jazz’s Mike Conley scored 20 points while Bogdanovic had 18.

    Jerami Grant sparked the Pistons’ late surge and finished with 27 points. Mason Plumlee contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Josh Jackson fired in 22 points off the bench for Detroit, which is 1-9 in road games.