Ross scores 26 points, Toronto beat Portland
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January 4, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Terrence Ross scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Raptors snapped an eight-game losing streak against Portland by beating the Trail Blazers 102-79.
Ross had a career-best six 3-pointers as the Raptors opened their season-high six-game homestand in style, never trailing and leading by as many as 25.
Jose Calderon had 13 assists and Kyle Lowry had nine for Toronto.
Lillard led Portland with 18 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wesley Matthews had 12 points and Nicolas Batum scored 10 for the Trail Blazers, who were coming off a 105-100 victory at New York on Tuesday night.
Toronto jumped out to a 10-0 lead and led 24-17 after one thanks to 10 points each from Davis and DeRozan.
Ross hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions midway through the second, then made his fourth on a buzzer beating shot to give Toronto a 55-39 lead at the half.
Davis scored nine points in the third and DeRozan had eight as the Raptors took a 78-61 edge into the final quarter.
Heat 119, Mavs 109 The Miami Heat edged the struggling Dallas Mavericks 119-109 in overtime Wednesday behind 32 points from LeBron James who flirted with a triple double.
James finished with 12 rebounds and nine assists for Miami who won their second-straight game in overtime and extended the Mavericks woes in extra time.
Dwyane Wade finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who handed Dallas their ninth-straight overtime loss dating back to the 2011-12 season.
Chris Bosh and Ray Allen had 17 and 15 points respectively as Miami started the overtime with a 7-0 run and never looked back.
Nowitzki, who also had six rebounds, was playing in just his sixth game since returning from right knee surgery. The German star played a total of 29 minutes Wednesday at the American Airlines Arena.
Dallas' Chris Kaman finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Nowitzki scored 15 of his points in the second half. He nailed a clutch two pointer from 15 feet with just four seconds left on the clock to send the game into overtime.
Dallas' Vince Carter then tried an ill-advised inbounds pass that was picked off by Wade who went in for the dunk, giving the Heat a comfortable seven-point lead just over one minute into the overtime. James, who finished just one assist shy of a triple-double, was presented with the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award by Heat president Pat Riley at halftime.
Rockets 104, Hornets 92 Harden had 31 points and seven assists to lead the Rockets to a 104-92 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Omer Asik had 21 points and eight rebounds, and forward Patrick Patterson scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and added nine rebounds in the game for the Rockets.
Reserve Ryan Anderson had 18 points, and Greivis Vasquez had the third double-double of his last four games with 15 points and 14 assists for New Orleans, which lost for the 14th time in the last 16 games.
The Rockets led 49-44 at halftime, falling short of 50 first-half points for just the second time in the last nine games. Houston entered Wednesday's game second in the league in scoring with 105.8 points per game.
Anderson tied the game for New Orleans at 82 on a 3-pointer with less than seven minutes remaining, but Houston followed with a 10-2 run.
Chandler Parsons finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, and Jeremy Lin had nine points and seven assists.
Other games on Wednesday:
Pacers 89, Wizards 81
Bulls 96, Magic 94
Kings 97, Cavaliers 94
Grizzlies 93, Celtics 83
Nets 110, Thunder 93
Spurs 117 , Bucks 110
Sun 95, 76ers 89
Jazz 106, Timberwolves 84
Warriors 115, Clippers 94