Visiting Lakers hold off Raptors

    AERIAL DUEL: Raptors forward Pascal Siakam blocks a shot by Lakers counterpart Markieff Morris in first half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    TALEN Horton-Tucker scored 17 points off the bench and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 110-101 Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) in Tampa, Florida.

    Markieff Morris added 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost their 11 previous games with the Raptors.

    The Lakers opened up a 34-point lead in the second quarter in a game between two teams depleted by injuries and the ejections of OG Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell after a scuffle late in the first quarter.

    The Raptors cut the lead to 20 points after three quarters and came as close as nine points late in the fourth.

    Former Raptor Marc Gasol scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter and had nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks for the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso each had 13 points, Dennis Schroder had 12 points and nine assists and Devontae Cacok scored 10 and eight rebounds.

    Pascal Siakam scored 27 points for the Raptors, who had won their two previous games.

    Chris Boucher added 19 points, DeAndre’ Bembry scored 12 points and Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn each scored 11.

    In other games, it was the Warriors 122, Bucks 121; Hawks 123, Pelicans 107; Bulls 113, Pacers 97; Sixers 106, Celtics 96; Grizzlies 124, Heat 112; Nuggets 134, Pistons 119; and Clippers 133, Blazers 116.

    Warriors 122, Bucks 121

    Stephen Curry scored 41 points, including 30 in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors rallied late to beat the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Kelly Oubre Jr. had 19 points and Kent Bazemore added 18 as the Warriors ended a three-game losing streak in the opener of a stretch of four home games. Oubre gave the Warriors the lead on two free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining. Golden State had lost seven of its previous eight games.

    Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 28 as Milwaukee saw its three-game winning streak end. The Bucks were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second consecutive game because of left knee soreness.

    Hawks 123, Pelicans 107

    Trae Young scored 30 points and sparked a 3-point shooting barrage as Atlanta defeated visiting New Orleans for its fourth straight win.

    The Hawks were 20-for-31 for a season-high 64.5 percent from 3-point range, including an NBA-record 11-for-11 from long distance in the third quarter. Atlanta began the night ranked last in the league in 3-point shooting (33.3 percent). The Hawks fell short of the franchise record of 70.6 percent 3-point shooting set in 1996 against Dallas. – Field Level Media