Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard Banks Home Game-Winner Against Nets

Kawhi Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining as well as the Toronto Raptors edged the Nets, 127-125, on Monday night.

Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points as well as 12 rebounds as well as Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who have won eight straight home meetings with the Nets.

Marc Gasol, the Raptors’ newly-acquired center, scored 16 points, 11 inside the fourth quarter, in his home debut after last Thursday’s trade with Memphis.

D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points as well as had a career-high 15 assists for Brooklyn. The Nets got the ball back to Russell for a potential game-winning shot on their final possession, although his long attempt bounced off the rim as well as into Kyle Lowry’s hands.

Toronto led 0-114 on a 3 by Lowry with 2 minutes 45 seconds left inside the fourth although Allen Crabbe replied with back-to-back 3-pointers to tie of which at 0 at 1:34.

Russell hit a tiebreaking 3 with 50 seconds to go, although Danny Green answered having a 3 for the Raptors. of which left of which to Leonard to put his team ahead to stay.

Before the game, the Raptors said Fred VanVleet, a reserve guard, will miss at least three weeks because of a ligament injury in his left thumb. To provide some insurance in VanVleet’s absence, Toronto agreed to sign Jeremy Lin, who will be being waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

CAVALIERS 107, KNICKS 104 Collin Sexton scored 20 points as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late rally as well as sent the Knicks to their franchise-record 17th straight loss, 107-104, on Monday night.

Sexton hit two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put Cleveland up by three. John Jenkins missed a 3-pointer through the right corner, although Dennis Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound as well as dribbled to the corner. He also missed a 3-pointer as well as Larry Nance tapped the rebound to midcourt as time ran out.

Kevin Love had 14 points as well as nine rebounds in his second game since returning through foot surgery. The All-Star forward played 16 minutes, all inside the first half as well as was 4 of 10 through the field, including two 3-pointers.

Kadeem Allen scored a career-high 25 points for the Knicks, who hold the worst record inside the league, as well as have lost 25 of 26 games.

The Knicks trailed 71-54 early inside the third quarter. fresh York got within four points once or twice as well as back-to-back 3-pointers by Luke Kornett cut the lead to 105-104 with 51 seconds left.

Kornett missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining of which might have put fresh York on top. Sexton followed with his two free throws

Both teams are inside the running for a prime spot inside the draft lottery, which takes place May 14. The three worst teams inside the league will have a 14 percent chance of getting the first pick inside the draft as well as a shot at grabbing Duke center Zion Williamson.