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NBA Wrap: Lowry's heroics tows Raptors past Cavs; Hawks recover

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers during final moments of their NBA game in Toronto. | Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 Friday night (Monday in Manila).
 
Terrence Ross added 15 points for Toronto, which won its 10th straight at home to tie a franchise record previously set between March 24 and Nov. 4, 2002. Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan had a season-low six points while battling flu-like symptoms.
 
LeBron James had 25 points and Kevin Love added 20 for the Cavaliers, who had their lead over Atlantic Division-leading Toronto in the East cut to two games.
 
Lowry tied the score at 97 with a hook shot with 51.9 seconds remaining. After J.R. Smith's miss gave the Raptors the ball with 28.9 seconds left, Lowry made a pull-up jumper with 3.8 seconds left to put Toronto back in front.
 
Following a Cleveland timeout, James unleashed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer, but it missed the rim completely as time expired.
 
With the win, the Raptors clinched the season series 2-1.
 
HAWKS 103, BULLS 88
 
ATLANTA — Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over short-handed Chicago.
 
Paul Millsap had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who ended a four-game home skid — their longest since April 2007. Atlanta moved into fifth place in the East.
 
Chicago, which had won three straight, played without its top three scorers because Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Nikola Mirotic were nursing injuries. A sore right hamstring sidelined Rose for the second straight game.
 
Doug McDermott finished with 20 points and Paul Gasol had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls.
 
HORNETS 96, PACERS 95
 
INDIANAPOLIS  — Kemba Walker scored 22 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to lift Charlotte over Indiana.
 
Monta Ellis gave Indiana the lead with a layup over Walker with 16.2 seconds to go. Walker then split two defenders above the 3-point line to get to the rim and sank a left-handed scoop shot over Paul George.
 
The Pacers had a chance at the buzzer, but George's shot from the top of the key missed. George finished with 32 points.
 
Marvin Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, tied with Chicago for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit. Charlotte won for the second time this month at Indiana after dropping 12 straight on the Pacers' home court.
 
Walker, who also had 10 assists, scored nine points in the final 5:08 to help fend off a late Pacers charge.
 
CLIPPERS 117, KINGS 107
 
SACRAMENTO, California — Chris Paul scored a season-high 40 points and added 13 assists with eight rebounds to propel Los Angeles past Sacramento.
 
Sparked by the scoring and playmaking of Paul, the Clippers ran off 20 consecutive points in the third quarter to break the game open. The lead remained in double digits the rest of the way.
 
DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Kings. Rudy Gay scored 23.
 
Jeff Green scored 22 points and Jamal Crawford had 21 for Los Angeles. The Clippers, who had dropped three of five, have beaten the Kings seven straight games in Sacramento and 19 of 23 overall.
 
Paul missed the team's morning shootaround while nursing a sore right forearm, but the injury never seemed to bother his shooting. He made 13 of 20 shots and all 10 free throws in falling three points shy of his career high.
 
WIZARDS 103, 76ERS 94
 
PHILADELPHIA — John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists to lead Washington past Philadelphia.
 
Jared Dudley scored 14 points and Ramon Sessions added 12 for the Wizards. Wall finished two rebounds short of a triple-double.
 
Washington snapped a three-game road losing streak while winning for the eighth time in nine games against Philadelphia. The Wizards began play three games behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
 
Jahlil Okafor scored 21 points for the 76ers (8-50), who lost their seventh straight and 11th in 12 games.
 
KNICKS 108, MAGIC 95
 
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and New York quickly jumped on an Orlando team that appeared to still be staggered by Stephen Curry.
 
A night after yielding 51 points and 10 3-pointers to Curry in a 130-114 loss to Golden State, the Magic were barely in the game after the first 10 minutes.
 
Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points for the Knicks, who won for only the third time in 16 games.
 
Nikola Vucevic scored 18 for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon had 17 points and eight rebounds.
 
MAVERICKS 122, NUGGETS 116, OT
 
DALLAS — Raymond Felton hit a tying jumper with 10.2 seconds left in regulation and then scored eight of his 16 points in overtime as Dallas rallied from 23 down to beat Denver.
 
Chandler Parsons led the Mavericks with 27 points, including 15 in the third quarter when Dallas took a 67-66 lead with 5:15 to play after coming all the way back from a 55-32 deficit late in the second quarter.
 
Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who closed the fourth period on an 8-0 run over the final 1:50. David Lee, playing his second game with Dallas, had 14 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes.
 
Will Barton led the Nuggets with 22 points. Kenneth Faried had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari injured his right ankle in the closing minutes of the third quarter and didn't return.
 
On Denver's final possession of regulation, Barton's jumper at the buzzer bounced off the front rim.
 
Wes Matthews' 3-pointer gave Dallas the lead for good at 115-114 with 3:03 left in overtime.
 
GRIZZLIES 112, LAKERS 95
 
LOS ANGELES  — Vince Carter scored a season-high 19 points and five of his teammates also reached double figures to help Memphis cruise past Los Angeles.
 
Carter made his first five shots — all 3-pointers during a 7:48 span — and the 18-year veteran finished 7 for 10 from the field in 20 minutes to help the Grizzlies win for the 13th time in 17 games.
 
PJ Hariston scored 21 points, Mike Conley had 17 points and seven assists, and Zach Randolph added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.
 
Kobe Bryant sat out because of a sore right shoulder as the Lakers lost their eighth straight and 22nd in 25 games. They got 22 points from rookie D'Angelo Russell.
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