DAMYEAN DOTSON drained a career-high eight three-pointers and scored a team-high 27 points Sunday night as the New York Knicks ended a franchise-record 18-game home losing streak by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 130-118.
The Knicks, who hadn’t won at home since beating the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks, 136-134, in overtime on Dec. 1, came within one loss of tying the NBA record for the longest home losing streak, which was established by the Dallas Mavericks during the 1993-94 season.
Kevin Knox (19 points, 10 rebounds), Mitchell Robinson (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Dennis Smith Jr. (19 points, 13 assists) each had double-doubles for the Knicks, who won for just the fifth time in the last 37 games.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the Spurs, who have lost six of seven but remained tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Elsewhere,Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Paul Millsap scored 21 and also grabbed 16 boards, and host Denver beat the Clippers for its fourth straight win.
Jamal Murray scored 16 points, and Gary Harris added 14 off the bench in his second game back from a right adductor strain as the Nuggets pulled to within a game of Golden State in the Western Conference standings
Lou Williams had 24 points for the Clippers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
In Toronto, Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic defeat the hosts Raptors for the second time in three games this season.
Former Raptor Terrence Ross added 28 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Magic, who have won six of their past seven games and snapped Toronto’s seven-game winning streak.
Kyle Lowry had 19 points and 10 assists and Pascal Siakam had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who were without Kawhi Leonard for what was described as a “load management” day. — Reuters