Thomas, Celtics win in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY — Isaiah Thomas tormented his former team, scoring 21 points and leading the Boston Celtics over the Sacramento Kings 114-97 Thursday night in the NBA's third regular-season game played in Mexico.
Thomas, who played for the Kings from 2011-14, scored 19 points in the first half. He shot 8 for 14 overall and had nine assists, helping the Celtics win for the fourth time in their last five games.
Kelly Olynyk added 21 points for the Celtics while Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each had 20.
Rudy Gay scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 16 for the Kings, who lost for the third time in their last four games.
Rajon Rondo, playing against his former team for the second time in his career, was sent off in the third quarter after a double technical foul and finished with five points for the Kings.
Rondo also faced the Celtics last season, when he was playing for the Dallas and scored 29 points in 119-101 win.
SPURS 103, GRIZZLIES 83: At Memphis, Tenn., Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, shooting 7 for 9 on 3-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs eased to a win.
Leonard's career-high 3s were part of the Spurs going 10 of 18 from behind the arc.
Tony Parker had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists as San Antonio won for the seventh time in eight games. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 and Manu Ginobili finished with 13.
MAGIC 103, JAZZ 94: At Salt Lake City, Tobias Harris scored 17 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Utah Jazz for their season-best fifth straight win.
The Magic went into the fourth quarter trailing by a point, then quickly took control. Evan Fournier's 3-pointer put Orlando ahead 92-84.
The Jazz cut it to four, but Nikola Vucevic hit a jumper and Elfrid Payton scored on a transition layup with 1:42 remaining to push the lead back to eight.
NUGGETS 106, RAPTORS 105: At Toronto, Will Barton came off the bench to score 22 points and Danilo Gallinari added another 21 as the Denver Nuggets stopped an eight-game losing streak.
Denver avoided its first nine-game losing streak since the 2002-03 season, when it dropped 14 in a row.
Joffrey Lauvergne had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.
HEAT 97, THUNDER 95: At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, including two free throws with 1.5 seconds left that put Miami ahead to stay and the Heat topped the Oklahoma City Thunder in a wild back-and-forth game that featured 38 lead changes and 11 ties.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Goran Dragic added 14 and Josh McRoberts scored 12 for Miami, which survived when Russell Westbrook's 3-point try from the right wing bounced off the backboard as time expired.
Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 25 for Oklahoma City, which misfired on a pair of 3s in the final 10 seconds. Durant missed a 3-pointer and Bosh grabbed the rebound, calling time with 7.7 seconds remaining.