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TORONTO — Jeremy Lamb added a dose of March Madness to Sunday’s NBA action.

Lamb banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer and the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114, Charlotte’s third straight win.

“It feels great,” Lamb said. “We fought so hard the whole game. Everybody who came in contributed and played well. They made a big run late. It just feels good to get that win and cap it off like that.”

Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at the other end.

Charlotte got one final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with 5.8 seconds to go. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away from Lamb, who chased the ball into the backcourt before launching the game-winning 3-pointer.

“He made a tough shot,” Siakam said. “I don’t know how I could have defended it better. Yeah, March Madness.”

Hornets coach James Borrego called Lamb’s basket “a contested bomb.”

According to ESPN, Lamb’s winning shot was from 48 feet, making it the second-longest, game-winning buzzer-beater in the past 20 seasons. Tyreke Evans hit a 49-footer against the Grizzlies on Dec. 29, 2010.

“I know he threw up a prayer,” Walker said of Lamb’s long heave. “I guess the basketball gods were on our side tonight. That was an unbelievable shot.”

Walker had 15 points and 13 assists and Willy Hernangomez had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boston on Saturday.

“It’s a big win,” Walker said. “That’s an unbelievable team over there. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. That was impressive.”

Dwayne Bacon made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and rookie Miles Bridges scored 16 for Charlotte, which began the day 21⁄2 games behind eighth-place Miami and 11⁄2 games behind ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

“I feel like this is turning our way,” Borrego said. “If we keep playing this way, we’re going to give ourselves a chance.”

Leonard scored 28 points and Siakam had 23 for the Raptors, who lost consecutive home games for just the second time this season. Toronto lost to New Orleans on Nov. 12 and Detroit on Nov 14.

All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry returned for Toronto after missing the previous two games because of a sore right ankle. With Lowry in the starting lineup, the Raptors were at full strength for the first time since the trade-deadline acquisition of center Marc Gasol, and the subsequent signing of free-agent guard Jeremy Lin.

Still, having a full complement of players did not pay off for the Raptors, who surrendered 18 points on 13 turnovers. Toronto had 22 turnovers in Friday’s home loss to Oklahoma City, one shy of the team’s season worst.

Also Sunday:

Bucks 127, Cavaliers 105: MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by an ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift Milwaukee over Cleveland. Khris Middleton and George Hill added 17 points apiece for the Bucks. Kevin Love had 20 points, Jordan Clarkson 19 and Collin Sexton 18 for Cleveland. Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 55-19.

Rockets 113, Pelicans 90: NEW ORLEANS — James Harden scored 28 points in a little less than 29 minutes, and Houston downed New Orleans. The Rockets hit 21 3s in winning for the fifth time in six games to move a game ahead of Portland for the third seed in the Western Conference.

Spurs 115, Celtics 96: BOSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio gave short-handed Boston its fourth straight loss. The Spurs have won 10 of 12 to strengthen their grip on a Western Conference playoff spot. San Antonio (43-31) is eighth in the conference, a half-game behind Oklahoma City and Utah. Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 14 points.

Pacers 124, Nuggets 88: INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half to lead Indiana over Denver. Myles Turner had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers. Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Will Barton had 15 points and reserve Monte Morris scored 12 points for the Nuggets, who lost for the first time after winning six straight.

Clippers 124, Knicks 113: NEW YORK — Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points to extend the best scoring streak of his career, and Los Angeles beat New York for its fifth straight victory. Lou Williams had 29 points and fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell added 24 to provide their usual potent play off the bench for the Clippers. Gallinari, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2008, has scored 20 or more in his past nine games.

Lakers 111, Kings 106: LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and the Lakers ended a five-game losing streak. JaVale McGee had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the Lakers win for the third time in their past 15 games. Marvin Bagley III had 25 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who have lost four straight on the road.

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