Raptors hammer Knicks

AP source: Cavs trade Wade to Miami, overhaul roster

UNDATED (AP) - The Toronto Raptors had no trouble improving their NBA-best home record to 23-4, but they remain one game behind the first-place Boston Celtics in the NBA's Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference races.

Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors cruised to their fourth consecutive win, 113-88 against the Knicks. Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists in helping Toronto beat New York at home for the fifth consecutive time.

The Raptors won easily despite poor shooting performances from All-Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who combined to score 15 points on 4-for-19 shooting.

The Celtics stayed ahead of Toronto by outlasting the Wizards, 110-104 in overtime. Kyrie Irving scored 12 of Boston's last 17 points and finished with 28 as the Celts won for the fifth time in six games. Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in OT.

 Checking out last night's other NBA action:
  • The Warriors were 121-103 winners against the Mavericks as Stephen Curry contributed 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks for Golden State.

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered 20 points and the Lakers earned their eighth straight win by crushing the Thunder, 106-81. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, Julius Randle scored 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16 as Los Angeles won for the 12th time in its last 17 games overall following a 9-26 start.

  • Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers outlast the Hornets, 109-103 in overtime. CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who withstood Kemba Walker's 40 points to bounce back from an 0-3 road trip.

  • Evan Fournier scored 22 points and the Magic picked up their third straight win by holding off the Hawks, 100-98. D.J. Augustin added 16 points and nine assists, while Marreese Speights added 14 points to help Orlando match its longest winning streak of the season.


 AP source: Cavs trade Wade to Miami, overhaul roster

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Cavaliers fans will have to buy programs to identify the overhauled team. About half the roster was turned over before today's NBA trade deadline, with guards Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose among six players and two draft picks dealt by the Cavs.

Thomas, forward Channing Frye and a first-round pick went to the Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance. Thomas had been a disappointment after being acquired from Boston for Kyrie Irving, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists after missing the team's first 36 games with an injury.

Wade was shipped back to Miami for a protected second-round selection, two years after leaving the Heat. The 36-year-old Wade is scoring a career-low 11.2 points a game this season after spending last year with the Bulls. He played his first 13 NBA seasons with the Heat, averaging 23.7 points and 5.6 assists.

The Cavs also were part of a three-team deal that sends Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for forward Rodney Hood and brings guard George Hill to Cleveland from Sacramento for guard Iman Shumpert. Hood may have the biggest upside among the players acquired by Cleveland, averaging 16.8 points in his fourth NBA season.

 In other NBA news:
  • The Suns have acquired point guard Elfrid Payton from the Magic for a second-round pick this summer. Payton is averaging a career-high 13.0 points with 6.3 assists and four rebounds.

  • The Celtics have added depth to their frontcourt by signing free-agent center Greg Monroe, who was waived by the Suns after being traded by the Bucks in November. Monroe is averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

  • The Pelicans have agreed to trade veteran forward Dante Cunningham to Brooklyn for third-year guard Rashad Vaughn. Cunningham started 24 of his 51 games this season, averaging five points and 3.8 rebounds. Vaughn is on the move again after being acquired from Milwaukee on Monday.

  • The Nuggets have traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks and acquired Devin Harris from Dallas in a three-team deal. The Mavericks will get Doug McDermott from New York.

  • The Pistons have acquired James Ennis from the Grizzlies for Brice Johnson and a 2022 second-round draft pick. Detroit also acquired Jameer Nelson from Chicago.

  • Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official. Green was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's 125-105 home loss to the Thunder after a second technical when he argued with the officials.

  • Bulls guard Kris Dunn is out of concussion protocol, although he will miss two more games. Dunn was averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 assists before missing Chicago's last eight games. The Bulls have dropped their last seven games.

  • Mavericks guard Seth Curry has undergone season-ending surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He is expected to resume full activities within three months.

  • Hornets guard Kemba Walker is replacing injured Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron in the Feb. 18 All-Star game at Los Angeles. Walker is averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 51 games. Porzingis is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Tuesday's game against the Bucks.