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Toronto’s Fred VanVleet goes up for a basket as Taj Gibson, left, and Evan Fournier of the Knicks look on Sunday in Toronto. The Raptors won, 120-105. Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP

TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 19 of his season-high 35 points in the third quarter, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors extended their home winning streak against the Knicks to 11 games by beating a depleted New York team 120-105 on Sunday.

OG Anunoby scored 14 points, Scottie Barnes had 13 and Chris Boucher 12 as the Raptors won back-to-back games for the first time since home wins over New York and Sacramento on Dec. 10 and 13.

Evan Fournier scored 20 points and RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin each had 19 for the Knicks.

Barnes returned after missing Friday’s win over the Clippers because of a sore right knee. He sat out the previous two games while in the health and safety protocols.

Fournier returned for New York after missing Friday’s loss because of a sore right ankle, but the Knicks were without starters Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, who joined Nerlens Noel, Jericho Sims and Wayne Selden in health and safety protocols.

Another starter, guard Kemba Walker, sat for the second straight game because of a sore left knee.

KINGS 115, HEAT 113: De’Aaron Fox scored 11 of his 24 points over the final six minutes, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left, and Sacramento won at home, ending Miami’s five-game winning streak.

Buddy Hield added 26 points for Sacramento. Damian Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Tyler Herro and Omer Yurtseven scored 22 points apiece for the Heat. Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 12 assists.

CAVALIERS 108, PACERS 104: Rookie Evan Mobley had 24 points and nine rebounds, Kevin Love scored 20 points and Cleveland won at home, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Jarrett Allen scored 18 points and Lamar Stevens added a season-high 15 for Cleveland, which trailed 84-73 in the third quarter before going on a 17-0 run to take the lead for good. Love scored eight points in a row during the surge.

Domantas Sabonis had 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers, who have dropped four straight overall and haven’t won on the road since Nov. 22 in Chicago.

MAVERICKS 95, THUNDER 86: Luka Doncic had 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in his return from a 10-game absence and Marquese Criss came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points, leading Dallas to a win at Oklahoma City.

Doncic played with a long brace on his left knee and saw just over 31 minutes in his first game in 23 days. He was content with setting up teammates for baskets after missing five games because of ankle soreness and five more games in virus health and safety protocols.

Criss, on his second 10-day contract after joining the Mavericks on Dec. 21, shot 6 of 9 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds. He had played in just seven NBA games in the previous two seasons before signing with the Mavericks last month.

Oklahoma City’s Josh Giddey, back after three games in the health and safety protocols, had 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his first triple-double. He is the youngest NBA player to have a triple-double at 19 years, 2 months and 23 days.

SUNS 113, HORNETS 99: Devin Booker scored 24 points, Jalen Smith tied a career high with 19 points and 12 rebounds and short-handed Phoenix hammered host Charlotte.

Chris Paul had 16 assists to help the Suns improve to 28-8 – a half-game behind Golden State for the NBA lead – after they lost three of their previous four.


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