NEW YORK (AP) — Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers won 106-100 Sunday night to end the eight-game winning streak of the New York Knicks, who wasted a chance to pull within two games of a playoff spot.
Hours after being handed a chance to pull closer to the final spot in the Eastern Conference when Atlanta blew a fourth-quarter lead in Toronto, the Knicks responded with an inept final period of their own after they led by 17 points in the first half.
They couldn’t stop Jack and couldn’t get a basket from Carmelo Anthony, who missed all five shots in the final period and finished with 32 points.
Jack scored 23 in the second half and finished with 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Raptors 96, Hawks 86
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Greivis Vasquez had 12 and Terrence Ross 10 for the Raptors.
DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap each scored 17 as the Hawks lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak.
Kings 124, Bucks 107
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 30 points and eight assists in the Sacramento Kings’ victory that sent the Milwaukee Bucks to their seventh straight loss.
Rudy Gay had 24 points and eight rebounds and Ben McLemore scored 15 points for the Kings, who had dropped four of their past five home games against the Bucks.
O.J. Mayo scored 21 points for Milwaukee.
Suns 127, Timberwolves 120
MINNEAPOLIS — Markieff Morris scored 25 points off the bench to lead the Phoenix Suns to their biggest comeback of the season.
Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half but shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor to overcome Kevin Love 36 points and 14 rebounds.
Gerald Green, Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker each hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to help the Suns pull within a half game of eighth-place Memphis in the Western Conference.
Nuggets 105, Wizards 102
DENVER — Kenneth Faried had 20 points and Aaron Brooks hit four straight free throws in the final 12 seconds, helping the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets hold off the Washington Wizards.
Randy Foye added 17 for a Nuggets team that was missing J.J. Hickson, who suffered torn ligament in his right knee on Friday.
Bradley Beal wound up with 21 points as the Wizards wrapped up a four-game road swing with a 1-3 record.