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Raptors extend streak to five with win over Kings

AFP, LOS ANGELES

The Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard passes the ball in the second half of their NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, on Wednesday.

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Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday returned to the lineup to score 25 points as the Toronto Raptors improved their league-best record to 11-1 with a 114-105 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Leonard, who missed the past two games with a sore ankle, also added 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won five straight since losing to Milwaukee last week.

Pascal Siakam scored 21 points, Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight assists for the Raptors.

Leonard started slowly, but then found his form. The two-time All-Star scored 10 points in the second quarter and 10 in the third. He made a clutch three-pointer in the fourth after Sacramento had taken a seven point lead, 106-99.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield scored 24 points apiece for Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox added 20 points and second overall draft pick Marvin Bagley had 13.

The Kings have lost two straight since winning five in a row.

Elsewhere, Joel Embiid scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers won their first road game of the season with a 100-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers, who were 6-0 at home and 0-5 on the road entering Wednesday’s contest.

“We finally put it together,” Australia’s Simmons said.

Philadelphia had lost all their away games by an average of 15.2 points. They had also lost eight consecutive contests in Indiana dating back to 2013.

Embiid collected his league-high 11th double-double and Dario Saric scored a season-high 18 points by going four for six on three-pointers.

Like the 76ers, the Pacers were also coming off a loss, 98-94 to the Houston Rockets.

Victor Oladipo scored a season-high 36 points, including 24 in the first half. He added seven assists and three blocks.

In Miami, Hassan Whiteside scored 29 points, pulled down 20 rebounds and blocked nine shots to propel the Miami Heat to their first NBA victory over the San Antonio Spurs since 2014.

Whiteside carried the load in a 95-88 Heat win, as Miami made do without veteran star Dwyane Wade, who was absent for what the team called personal reasons.

Justise Winslow added 16 and Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 20 points for Miami, who had lost nine straight regular-season games to the Spurs and 11 straight when counting the 2014 NBA Finals.

The two teams are a long way from what they were when the met in back-to-back championship series in 2013 and 2014.

The Heat, then featuring LeBron James, triumphed in 2013 before the Spurs, then led by Tim Duncan, turned the tables in 2014.

Australian Patty Mills came off the bench to score 20 for San Antonio, but the Spurs dropped their second straight.

DeMar DeRozan added 18 points on six-of-15 shooting, but LaMarcus Aldridge scored just six points, connecting on two of 14 attempts from the field.

In the late game, James scored 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 114-110 at the Staples Center.

The Minnesota loss spoiled a superb performance from Derrick Rose, who finished with 31 points. Rose also missed a three-pointer at the end fourth that would have given the Timberwolves the lead.

Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight and remain winless on the road.

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