As Brent Musberger called the final game of his career on Tuesday, it was only fitting that it was an overtime thriller and a near upset. The eighth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats got 37 points from Malik Monk to help them survive against Georgia for a 90-81 victory. Monk scored eight of his points in the extra session, including two three-pointers, as Kentucky outscored Georgia 14-5 in OT. Monk also sent the game into overtime when he made a jumper with eight seconds left, as the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak. Isaiah Briscoe had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in the close victory, as Kentucky avoided their longest losing streak since 2008-09. J.J. Frazier had 23 points in the losing effort, as the Bulldogs lost for a fourth time in six games.
Leonard, Spurs Pull Away From Thunder
The San Antonio Spurs used a dominant fourth quarter in which they held Russell Westbrook scoreless to pull away from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 108-94 win Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard had 36 points to lead the charge, as San Antonio got revenge in their first game against OKC since they eliminated the 67-win Spurs in last year's playoffs. Westbrook finished with 27 points, 14 assists, and six rebounds, but shot 0-for-4 in the fourth, finishing 7-for-17 overall. The Spurs improved to 17-6 at home, as LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 25 points on the night. Gregg Popovich recorded career win No. 1,126, leaving him one shy of the league record for most wins with one franchise. That record is held by Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz.
Lowry Lifts Raptors Past Pelicans in OT
Kyle Lowry knows he needs to step up to get the Toronto Raptors back in to their familiar No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference, and he did just that on Tuesday night. Lowry hit the go-ahead jumper with 4.3 seconds left in overtime, helping the Raptors get past the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-106. The All-Star had 33 points and 13 assists, as Toronto moved within a half game of Boston for second place in the East. Those two teams will do battle on Wednesday night. The Raptors were down by 14 at the half on Tuesday, and were without DeMar DeRozan yet again, but the rally began in the second half from other contributors. Lowry shot 6-for-14 from three-points range, while Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 12 rebounds, as Toronto took down New Orleans for a third straight time and ninth time in 11 meetings.