Raptors extend winning streak to 4 by ending Pacers' own 5-game run, 95-82
APTORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists as the Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games by beating the Indiana Pacers 95-82 in the NBA on Wednesday.
January 3, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
Terrence Ross scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors (15-15) ended Indiana's five-game winning streak and improved their record to .500 after 30 games for the first time since Jan. 6, 2010.
The Raptors have won eight of 10 games since Dec. 13, when the majority of the players acquired from Sacramento in the Rudy Gay deal made their Toronto debuts.
Roy Hibbert fouled out with 16 points and Paul George had 12 for the Pacers, who recorded a season-worst 23 turnovers. Indiana had won nine of its previous 12 meetings with Toronto, including four straight in Canada. Danny Granger scored 11 points for Indiana.
Clippers 112, Bobcats 85 Blake Griffin scored 13 of his 31 points in the final 7:05 and Jared Dudley got 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter, leading the Clippers to victory over the Bobcats.
Dudley faced his second former team in two games, making seven of 10 shots against the club that selected him with their first pick in the 2007 NBA draft and traded him to Phoenix after one season. He had nine points against the Suns on Monday in the Clippers' 107-88 loss.
Chris Paul had 17 points and 14 assists for the Clippers, who beat the Bobcats for the sixth straight time and sent them to their 17th straight road loss against Western Conference opponents.
Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each scored 14 points for the Bobcats, whose previous six losses all were decided by five points or fewer.
76ers 114, Nuggets 102 Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young added 17, helping the 76ers beat the slumping Nuggets.
The Sixers had seven different players score in double figures en route to their second straight win away from home. Philadelphia halted a 13-game road losing streak in Los Angeles against the Lakers over the weekend.
J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who dropped their eighth game in a row. It's the team's longest skid since losing the final eight games of the 2002-03 season.
Denver also has lost some of its home-court mystique under first-year coach Brian Shaw, losing a fifth straight at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets were a franchise-best 38-3 at home last season.
Other games on Wednesday:
Mavericks 87, Wizards 78
Timberwolves 124, Pelicans 112