NEW YORK CITY – Evan Fournier, pressed into duty with R.J. Barrett scratched due to illness a little before the opening tip, scored a season-high 17 points and drained a triplet of key three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the New York Knicks completed a comeback from a 21-point first quarter deficit and beat the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 108-97.
Julius Randle scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out seven assists, and he also flirted with a triple-double for the Knicks, who recorded their biggest comeback win of the season and won for the first time when trailing after three quarters.
Jalen Brunson had 21 points and seven assists, Quentin Grimes added 13 points, while Miles McBride came off the bench to score 14 points and fellow reserve Isaiah Hartenstein collected 14 rebounds.
Joel Embiid with 31 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and James Harden with 12 points and 12 assists recorded double-doubles for the 76ers, who had their eight-match road winning streak snapped.
De’Anthony Melton also scored 14 points, while Tyrese Maxey had 12 points and P.J. Tucker added 10.
Double-doubles by Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr carried the Orlando Magic to a 119-113 win against hosts Charlotte Hornets.
Banchero had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Carter added 20 points and 12 boards for the Magic, whose 18 offensive boards contributed to a decisive 52-39 rebounding advantage.
LaMelo Ball racked up 33 points and Terry Rozier had 24 points — but only three in the second half — for the Hornets, who shot 54.2 per cent from the floor.
Darius Garland scored 24 points to lead all five starters in double figures, and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a dominant second quarter to beat hosts Indiana Pacer 122-103.
Isaac Okoro had a season-high 20 points and Donovan Mitchell added 19 for the Cavs, who have won two straight for the first time since early January.
The Pacers lost for the 12th time in their last 14 matches, despite a strong outing from Myles Turner, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Toronto Raptors outscored Memphis Grizzlies 28-17 in the fourth quarter to rally for a thrilling 106-103 road win.
Pascal Siakam finished with 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists, Scottie Barnes added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Chris Boucher had 13 points off the bench in the first half and finished with a double-double of 17 points of 10 rebounds, with seven of eight players that took to the floor scoring double figures for the Raptors.
Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies and all scorers in the contest with 26 points.
Anthony Edwards scored 20 points, and D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and 10 assists, and hosts Minnesota Timberwolves led short-handed Denver Nuggets wire-to-wire in a 128-98 rout.
Four of the five T’wolves starters scored in double figures, with Jaden McDaniels and Rudy Gobert joining Edwards and Russell with 14 and 16 points, respectively.
Michael Porter Jr led all scorers and the Nuggest with 22 points.
Pelicans 136, Kings 104
Trey Murphy III scored a season-high 30 points and hosts New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 136-104 in a battle of short-handed teams. (Reuters)