About Last Night: Siakam rescues Raptors at buzzer

A reminder on The Horry Scale: It breaks down a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety night in January?) and celebration. Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, named for the patron saint of last-second answered prayers.

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One night after after a slugfest in Boston, the Raptors gave Kawhi Leonard the night off with the Suns in town. Pascal Siakam was happy to pick up the slack, contributing 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and the Raptors’ first game-winning buzzer beater since 2015.

DIFFICULTY: With Leonard unavailable, Raptors coach Nick Nurse put the ball in Siakam’s hands on the final possession. Siakam was checked by Suns rookie Mikal Bridges, who forced Siakam to use his left hand. Still, Siakam bulldozed

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Wrong shorts briefly keeps Beasley out of game

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OKLAHOMA CITY — With his team trailing by double-digits in the first quarter and looking for a spark off the bench, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton signaled for scoring savant Michael Beasley to come in off the bench.

Only one problem: Beasley was wearing the wrong shorts.

As Beasley tore off his warm-up jacket and began to touch his sneakers to the court grip sticky pad as he readied to check in, he looked down to see that he had on black practice shorts, rather than the Lakers’ gold uniform shorts.

Michael Beasley tried to check in wearing his practice shorts! 😂#Shaqtin pic.twitter.com/uw1izvCgtq

— Shaqtin’ a Fool (@shaqtin) January 18, 2019

Upon realizing the gaffe, he sprinted through the tunnel to the Lakers’ visiting locker room at Chesapeake Energy Arena to change into the full proper uniform.

He quickly returned to the sidelines and

Siakam scores winning basket, Raptors beat Suns 111-109

TORONTO (AP) — The Phoenix Suns figured Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was going to take the decisive shot. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors had other plans.

Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired, leading the Raptors to a 111-109 victory over the Suns on Thursday night.

Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining.

Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, who let the clock wind down before driving for a left-handed layup that bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as the buzzer sounded. The basket was confirmed following a video review.

“I always feel I can get to the rim,” Siakam said. “I just felt like I had an advantage, just long strides and try to get there. The big came up to help,

HIGHLIGHTS: Suns fall to Raptors at buzzer

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Austin scores 28, Samford edges past The Citadel 80-77

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Brandon Austin scored a career-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers and Samford held on to defeat The Citadel 80-77 Thursday night, breaking a three-game losing skid.

Josh Sharkey scored 23 points — 16 after halftime — with four 3-pointers, eight assists and three steals for Samford (12-7, 2-4 Southern Conference). Myron Gordon added 13 points.

The teams launched 78 shots from beyond the arc, The Citadel making 17 of 46 and Samford 13 of 32.

The Citadel banged down three straight 3-pointers, cutting the gap to 74-71 before Austin drained a 3 from NBA distance, stretching the lead to six points with just under two minutes to go.

Matt Frierson cut that in half with yet another 3-pointer for The Citadel, but the Bulldogs missed twice from distance in the next 90 seconds and Samford made three of four at the foul line. The free throws

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Embiid, Butler lead 76ers’ 120-96 rout of Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — If the Philadelphia 76ers are going to move up in the Eastern Conference standings, they might do it on the strength of their passing.

Joel Embiid had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists Thursday night to lead the Sixers to their seventh win in nine games, a 120-96 blowout of the Indiana Pacers.

Jimmy Butler added 27 points and eight assists as Philadelphia shot 53 percent and finished with 38 assists, the most by an Indiana opponent this season.

“We had 40 assists the last time we played at home,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “We backed that up with 38. To come into Indianapolis and be able to set the table with our defense but also share the ball the way we did, that’s a statement we’re proud of. That set the table for a good night.”

Philadelphia ranks third in the league in assist

Rockets announce Capela to miss 4-6 weeks

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that earlier Thursday, center Clint Capela underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The procedure was done by Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles. Capela is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

The fifth-year center was averaging a career-best line of 17.6 points (.631 FG%), 12.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 34.2 minutes through 42 games.

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Capela out 4-6 weeks after thumb surgery

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Houston Rockets center Clint Capela had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks, general manager Daryl Morey said Thursday.

Five days are left in the fan vote for the NBA All-Star Game, and for now the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Rockets’ James Harden remain outside of the Western Conference starting five.

Capela suffered the injury while getting hit on a lob play during Sunday night’s loss to Orlando. He underwent an MRI in Houston on Monday.

After signing a five-year, $80 million contract extension this summer, Capela has career-high averages of 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds to go with 1.8 blocks a game this season.

Sources previously told ESPN that Capela was expected to miss four to six weeks and that the Rockets expect him to miss the remaining 15

Heat fine Waiters for postgame expletive-laden comments

BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (AP)  — The Miami Heat have fined Dion Waiters an undisclosed amount for his expletive-laden comments about playing time earlier this week.

Waiters made the comments to reporters from two South Florida newspapers after Miami’s lopsided loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Heat were off Wednesday and announced the fine Thursday.

“We fined him and we addressed it as a team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Waiters has played in five games this season, all as a reserve. He missed just over a full year while recovering from surgery to repair a long-problematic ankle, and has repeatedly said that being patient throughout the process is a challenge for him.

“Look, this is going to be very difficult for Dion,” Spoelstra said. “I have empathy for everything he’s gone through in the last year to get back to where he is right now. But this is not about

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