Irving sparks Nets past Knicks


    KYRIE Irving scored 40 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the final minute, and Jeff Green made a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds left to seal the host Brooklyn Nets’ 114-112 comeback win over the New York Knicks on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    The Nets, playing the second leg of a back-to-back, carried over some of the struggles from their 115-107 loss Sunday in Chicago. Brooklyn fell behind by 10 points at halftime and lost James Harden after just four minutes due to hamstring tightness.

    Green finished with 23 points for the Nets, who hold a half-game lead over the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Harris scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and Alize Johnson added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

    Julius Randle recorded a triple-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for the Knicks. RJ Barrett shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range en route to a team-high 22 points.

    In other games, it was the Mavs 111, Jazz 103; Suns 133, Rockets 130; Raptors 103, Wizards 101; Wolves 116, Kings 106; Cavs 125, Spurs 101; and Pistons 132, Thunder 108;

    Mavericks 111, Jazz 103

    Luka Doncic tallied 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead host Dallas past Utah for its fifth straight win.

    Doncic shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range to help the Mavericks pull away. Dorian Finney-Smith added 23 points and Jalen Brunson chipped in 20 off the bench. Josh Richardson added 17 while making all five of his shots from 3-point range.