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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the net against Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Houston 108-105. Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the net against Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Houston 108-105. Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lowry scored 30 points and the Toronto Raptors survived a furious rally by the Houston Rockets in claiming a 108-105 win on Friday at Air Canada Centre, sweeping the season series and ending the Rockets' 17-game winning streak.

DeMar DeRozan answered a game-tying 3-pointer by Rockets guard James Harden with a difficult turnaround jumper over Harden to reclaim the lead with 1:49 left. Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas followed with two free throws each sandwiched around an Eric Gordon trey.

The Rockets trailed by as many as 19 points. But Houston shot just 9-of-27 on 3s; Lowry alone finished 7-for-9 from behind the arc.

Harden led Houston with 40 points. DeRozan scored 23 for Toronto while Valanciunas paired 14 points with 10 rebounds. Gordon and Chris Paul scored 14 each for Houston but shot a combined 10-for-27.

Wizards 116, Pelicans 97

Otto Porter Jr. led six Washington players in double figures with 19 points in a rout of streaking host New Orleans.

The Pelicans had won a franchise-record 10 games in a row, but were playing without All-Star forward Anthony Davis because of a sprained ankle he suffered two nights earlier in a victory at Sacramento. Darius Miller came off the bench to lead led the Pelicans with 20 points.

Markieff Morris added 17 points, Bradley Beal scored 16, Mike Scott had 14, Kelly Oubre Jr. had 11 and Jodie Meeks 10 for Washington, which played its 18th consecutive game without star guard John Wall, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Jazz 95, Grizzlies 78

Reserve Jae Crowder scored a season-high 22 points as visiting Utah pulled away in the fourth quarter to cruise past Memphis, which has lost 16 straight games.

The Jazz won their 10th straight road game and for the 17th time in 19 games despite a quiet showing from rookie Donovan Mitchell, who was held to 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

Rookie Dillon Brooks scored 18 for Memphis, which is on the longest losing streak in the NBA this season. The skid also is the franchise's longest since moving from Vancouver following the 2000-01 season.

Bucks 120, Knicks 112

Khris Middleton had 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 10 rebounds as Milwaukee defeated New York in Milwaukee.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting and Troy Williams added 18 points off the bench to lead the Knicks, who lost their sixth straight game and for the 14th time in their last 15 games.

The Bucks snapped a two-game losing streak by scorching the New York defense. Milwaukee finished 41-for-73 from the field (56.2 percent) and hit 8 of 18 from 3-point range as it won for just the second time in eight games.

Pacers 112, Hawks 87

Bojan Bogdanovic paced a balanced attack with 21 points, and Indiana routed Atlanta in Indianapolis.

Myles Turner finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who bounced back from a 20-point blowout loss to Utah to win for the fourth time in the last five games.

The Pacers are getting healthy for the stretch run. Veteran point guard Darren Collison returned after missing the last 12 games recovering from knee surgery. Collison scored 17 points off the bench in 21 minutes.

Pistons 99, Bulls 83

Blake Griffin scored 25 points with eight rebounds and eight assists as Detroit snapped its four-game losing streak with a rout of Chicago in Detroit.

Reggie Bullock added 21 points and Andre Drummond grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds and blocked four shots while scoring only five points for the Pistons.

Cameron Payne had 17 points off the bench to lead Chicago. Kris Dunn was the Bulls' only other double-digit scorer with 13 points as they fell back to earth following Wednesday's 119-110 victory against Memphis.

Clippers 116, Cavaliers 102

Establishing a 35-17 first quarter lead Friday night, the Los Angeles Clippers lived off it for the game's final three quarters en route to a 116-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles.

Six players scored in double figures for the Clippers, led by Tobias Harris with 23 points and reserve forward Montrezl Harrell with 20 points. DeAndre Jordan was dominant inside with 20 points and 23 rebounds.

LeBron James scored a game-high 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and doled out six assists to lead Cleveland, but also committed five turnovers.

Trail Blazers 125, Warriors 108

CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 58 points as the Portland Trail Blazers hammered the Golden State Warriors 125-108 Friday night at Moda Center.

McCollum scored 30 points and Lillard added 28 for the Trail Blazers, who won their ninth straight game.

The Warriors were going without two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, who missed the game after suffering a sprained ankle in Thursday's 110-107 win over San Antonio. Kevin Durant poured in 40 points and Klay Thompson added 25 for the Warriors, who saw the end to a seven-game win streak.

Kings 94, Magic 88

Garrett Temple scored 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting to help the Sacramento Kings to a 94-88 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Friday at Golden 1 Center.

Kosta Koufos contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who won for the third time in the past five games. Vince Carter scored 15 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 10 assists.

Jonathon Simmons scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting for the Magic, who fell for the 10th time in their past 12 games. Nikola Vucevic tallied 13 points, D.J. Augustin had 12 points and seven assists and Mario Hezonja added 11 points.

Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

 

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