Rudy Gay wowed a sold-out crowd by scoring 20 points off the bench in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a 98-73 rout of the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Amir Johnson had 19 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also scored 19 as Toronto welcomed Gay with a winning effort two days after the high-scoring forward was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that included Detroit.
John Lucas scored 17 and Aaron Gray had 7 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.
Blake Griffin had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who were without point guard Chris Paul (bruised right kneecap) for the sixth straight game. Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes served a one-game suspension for striking Minnesota’s Greg Stiemsma on Wednesday.
Gay wasted little time exciting his new fans: He scored 7 points in the first quarter.
Pacers 102, Heat 89 — David West scored 30 points and Paul George added 15, leading Indiana to its 13th straight victory at the expense of visiting Miami.
Miami was led by LeBron James with 28 points and Dwyane Wade with 17.
Indiana led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, and Miami never got closer than 12 in the fourth.
Knicks 96, Bucks 86 — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, as New York extended its winning streak to three games with a victory over Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden.
J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down 20 rebounds in New York’s fourth straight win over Milwaukee.Nets 93, Bulls 89 — Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then host Brooklyn turned to the bench to beat a banged-up Chicago squad. Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had 9 of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets’ first 20 points of the fourth. The Bulls, who played without ailing starters Joakim Noah (foot), Carlos Boozer (hamstring), and Kirk Hinrich (elbow) while losing for just the third time in 11 games. Lakers 111, Timberwolves 100 — Pau Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup and Kobe Bryant nearly had a triple-double in leading Los Angeles past host Minnesota. Bryant had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists and Steve Nash added 17 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who played without Dwight Howard due to a sore right shoulder. They beat the Wolves for the 20th straight time, the longest active streak in the NBA. Mavericks 109, Suns 99 — O.J. Mayo scored 20 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures and the Mavericks, despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki, added to their mastery of Phoenix with a win over the host Suns. Darren Collison added 19 points for the Mavericks, minus Nowitzki for the second game in as many nights because of a sore right hip. Goran Dragic had 19 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds for the Suns, losers of 11 of 12 in the series. Grizzlies 85, Wizards 76 — Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, sinking a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers in a win over visiting Washington. 76ers 89, Kings 80 — Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead Philadelphia over visiting Sacramento. Tyreke Evans scored 29 points and Isaiah Thomas had 24 for the Kings. The Kings have lost six of seven. Pistons 117, Cavaliers 99 — Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and Detroit never trailed against Cleveland at home. Greg Monroe added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who played without newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon, who needs to resolve visa issues before he can suit up.
Jazz 86, Trail Blazers 77 — Al Jefferson had 21 points and hit two one-handed shots in the lane to clinch host Utah’s victory over Portland.
Nuggets 113, Hornets 98 — Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24, and host Denver beat New Orleans for its sixth straight victory.