NEW YORK – Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams’ inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left, and the Toronto Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.
Brooklyn had a three-point lead with 17 seconds left behind Paul Pierce in his best game with the Nets, but John Salmons scored on a drive with 12 seconds remaining before Brooklyn took its last timeout to move the ball into the frontcourt.
Patterson stole the pass and fed Kyle Lowry, who got it back to Patterson for his jumper. Pierce was well off on a final attempt.
Lowry finished with 31 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Nets for the Atlantic Division lead.
TIMBERWOLVES 95, BULLS 86: In Chicago, Kevin Love scored 31 points to lead Minnesota.
Ronny Turiaf added 14 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulls and won for the fourth time in five games overall.
Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who played without ailing center Joakim Noah (illness) and guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring). D.J. Augustin added 19 points.
SUNS 124, 76ERS 113: In Philadelphia, Gerald Green scored 30 points and Goran Dragic had 24 to lead Phoenix past the 76ers. Markieff Morris scored 13 points and had four blocks. The Suns blocked 12 shots.
Green and Dragic, Phoenix’s starting backcourt, combined to make 19 of 25 shots.
Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and 11 assists for the Sixers, who have lost 10 of 12.
CLIPPERS 114, BUCKS 86: In Milwaukee, Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points and Jamal Crawford scored 25 as Los Angeles ended its seven-game road trip by routing Milwaukee.
THUNDER 111, HAWKS 109: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left as and Oklahoma City rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to win its eighth in a row.
Durant scored 13 in the fourth quarter, including a 16-foot, step-back jumper with 25.5 seconds remaining that put Oklahoma City ahead for the first time since the opening 2 minutes. Paul Millsap tied it for Atlanta before Durant knocked down the decisive 12-footer while being guarded by DeMarre Carroll.