Lakers 112, Raptors 106
Nick Young returned from suspension to score 29 points, Pau Gasol had 22 and Los Angeles beat host Toronto, just their third win in 15 games.
Young, who was suspended for Friday’s victory at Boston after throwing a punch at Phoenix’s Goran Dragic Wednesday, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 19-point deficit. They won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Memphis on Dec. 17 and Minnesota on Dec. 20.
Ryan Kelly scored 17 in his first career start and Kendall Marshall had 10 points and 11 assists. The Lakers reached the midway point of the season with a record of 16-25.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 21 and Patrick Patterson 17 as Toronto’s six-game home winning streak came to an end.
Amir Johnson had 13, Greivis Vasquez 11 and Terrence Ross 10 for the Raptors, who have never won consecutive home games against the Lakers.
Vasquez made a hook shot, then stole a pass from Jodie Meeks and, after a pair of misses, banked in a jumper to put the Raptors up 94-91 with 6:42 left.
Young’s 3-pointer with 3:40 to go gave the Lakers a 100-96 lead, their biggest of the game to that point, causing Toronto to call timeout.
Amir Johnson later fouled Kelly on a 3-point attempt, and the rookie calmly drained all three free throws to give Los Angeles a 105-101 lead with 1:58 remaining.
Young’s third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter put Los Angeles up 108-103 with 1:21 to go.
The Raptors led 50-31 with 7:33 left in the second quarter. But Wesley Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Lakers rallied to cut the gap to 58-54 at halftime.
Magic 93, Celtics 91
Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 18 points and host Orlando Magic snapped a season-high 10-game losing streak with a win over Boston.
After several ties in the fourth quarter, Harris hit a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining to give Orlando the victory.
The win also ends a 10-game regular-season losing streak to the Celtics.
Glen Davis added 17 points and Jameer Nelson 16 for Orlando.
Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points, and Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries added 18 apiece. Rajon Rondo had six points and four assists in his second game back from a torn ACL.
Spurs 110, Bucks 82
Patty Mills had 20 points, Tim Duncan had 11 points and 13 rebounds in limited action, and host San Antonio rolled to a victory over Milwaukee that kept the Bucks winless in the new year.
Marco Belinelli scored 14 points, Jeff Ayres and Nando De Colo had 13 points apiece, and Kawhi Leonard added 11 points in 21 minutes for San Antonio.
Brandon Knight scored 21 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 11 points and John Henson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has lost nine straight.
Playing the woeful Bucks was just what the Spurs needed coming off a disappointing home loss to Portland and battling multiple injuries.
San Antonio was without starters Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter, former starter Danny Green and 3-point specialist Matt Bonner.
Thunder 108, Kings 93
Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead host Oklahoma City past Sacramento.
Durant, coming off a career-high 54-point game on Friday against Golden State, shot 10 for 15 from the field and had nine assists. He scored at least 30 points for the seventh straight game.
Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Reggie Jackson had 16 for the Thunder.
Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points for the Kings, but he slowed down in the second half as the Thunder pulled away. DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento.
Rudy Gay scored just six points for the Kings.
Suns 117, Nuggets 103
Channing Frye scored a season-high 30 points before sitting out the final 9½ minutes to watch host Phoenix wrap up a victory over Denver.
Frye, who missed all of last season for treatment of an enlarged heart, made 12 of 16 shots, 5 of 7 3-pointers, to fall three points shy of his career high.
Markieff Morris scored 16 and Goran Dragic 15 for the Suns, who never trailed and improved to 3-0 against Denver this season with one game to play.