Harrison Barnes rescued the Golden State Warriors from what would would have been a shock loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, while there were also wins for the Toronto Raptors, the Indiana Pacers, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Washington Wizards, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors needed Barnes to hit a three-pointer with two tenths of a second left to escape with a 108-105 win against the basement-dwelling Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Draymond Green finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, one of which came from the pass to Barnes for the game-winner.
Forward LeBron James scored 29 points and forward Kevin Love and guard Kyrie Irving each had 21 in the Cavs’ 117-103 victory over the Spurs in a game in which everything clicked for the Cavs. The Cleveland outfit are now 34-12 for the season and on a four-match winning streak.
The Raptors beat the Pistons 111-107 on a night that not only padded their historic winning streak to 11 in a row, but capped a spectacular seven-game home record, and tied baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays for the longest pro sports streak in the city’s history. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 29 points for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry added 18 points and eight rebounds — but zero assists. Cory Joseph had 16 points, and Bismack Biyombo had 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for Toronto.
Monta Ellis scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Indiana to an overtime victory over visiting Denver. Ellis missed a three-pointer with the game tied at 99-99 as regulation ended, but he converted a three-point play with 20.4 seconds left in overtime to seal it and send the Pacers to a second straight win.
Jrue Holiday dribbled to the right in front of the New Orleans bench and hit a 15-footer with 1.3 seconds to play, handing the Pelicans a 105-103 victory over the Nets.
John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the visiting Wizards rallied for a 123-122 win over the Rockets on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.
The Kings ended their three-game road trip with a 121-117 loss to the Grizzlies. The Kings’ fourth-straight loss dropped them to 20-27 on the season, and 10th in the Western Conference.