NBA: Nuggets hold off Raptors to end eight-game losing streak

Luis Scola (left) and Bismack Biyombo (right) defend against Randy Foy during the second quarter.
Luis Scola (left) and Bismack Biyombo (right) defend against Randy Foy during the second quarter.PHOTO: NICK TURCHIARO/USA TODAY SPORTS

DENVER (REUTERS) - Guard Will Barton scored 22 points and forward Danilo Gallinari added 21 as the Denver Nuggets held on to defeat the Toronto Raptors 106-105 and end an eight-game losing streak in the National Basketball Association on Thursday.

Forward Darrell Arthur added 19 points for the Nuggets, while centre Joffrey Lauvergne scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Heat 97 Thunder 95: Guard Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, including two game-winning free throws with 1.5 seconds left, to lead the Miami Heat to a 97-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Wade scored Miami's final eight points to overshadow Oklahoma duo Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, both of whom had 25 points for the Thunder.

Magic 103 Jazz 94: Forward Tobias Harris led six players in double figures and the Orlando Magic took advantage of centre Rudy Gobert's absence to beat the Utah Jazz.

Harris scored 17 points and Nikola Vucevic added 16 points for Orlando, who won their fifth successive game.

Andrew Nicholson, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier all contributed 14 points each.

Forward Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and guard Alec Burks totalled 21 for the Jazz.

Spurs 103 Grizzlies 83: San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard made a career-best seven three-pointers and scored a game-high 27 points as the Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-83 at FedExForum.

Leonard scored 20 of his points and hit six of his three-pointers in the second half. Overall, he shot nine-for-13 from the floor and seven-for-nine from long range. He also grabbed eight rebounds and added three assists, two steals and a block.

Trail Blazers 123 Pacers 111: Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 47 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 123-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Moda Center.

Lillard scored 26 points and McCollum added 21 for the Trail Blazers (8-12), who lost three of their previous four games.

Celtics 114 Kings 97: Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points and added nine assists, and the Boston Celtics made it a miserable trip to Mexico for Rajon Rondo and the Sacramento Kings in a 114-97 whipping at Mexico City Arena.

Thomas ripped apart his former team from the beginning, scoring 19 points in the opening half, and 12 in the first 12 minutes as Boston ran to leads of 32-17 after one period and 51-36 at half-time.