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Raptors halt Grizzlies road run and bolster Atlantic lead

TORONTO -- Toronto ended Memphis' long run of road wins with a 120-105 victory on Wednesday that bolstered the Raptors' lead in the NBA's Atlantic Division to two games.

The Raptors opened a mini-break on Boston after the Celtics lost at home against Detroit.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Lakers had a gritty win at Chicago, while Portland had a convincing win against Indiana.

Toronto's Kyle Lowry had 29 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 24 for the Raptors, who have won six of their past seven meetings with the Grizzlies. Andrew Harrison had 21 points for the injury-riddled Grizzlies, who were missing six regulars and could not continue its six-game road winning streak. Among the absent is star Mike Conley, who was ruled out for at least six weeks Tuesday with fractured vertebrae in his lower back.

Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead a balanced scoring effort that carried the Pistons over Boston 121-114.

Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 27 points.

The Pistons lost eight of their first nine road games this season but have now won away from home on consecutive nights.

Los Angeles' Julius Randle made a strong move against Nikola Mirotic for a tiebreaking layup with 45.1 seconds left, and the Lakers held off Chicago for a 96-90 victory.

Randle had 13 points and matched a career high with 20 rebounds while Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points apiece for the Lakers.

Randle's drive and layup gave Los Angeles a 92-90 lead. After Jimmy Butler missed on the other side for Chicago, Williams went 1 for 2 at the line with 20 seconds to go.

Portland's Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists to help the Trail Blazers beat Indiana 131-109 and get the better of former coach Nate McMillan.

Maurice Harkless added 23 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 28 in their fifth consecutive victory over the Pacers.

Jeff Teague's 25 points led Indiana, which began a five-game road trip in the absence of Paul George, who was again missing with a lingering ankle injury.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 14 of his 35 points in overtime and posted his fourth consecutive triple-double to help the Thunder defeat Washington 126-115. Westbrook added 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double this season and the 46th of his career. The Thunder have won all four games during his triple-double streak, and he heads into December averaging a triple-double through 20 games this season.

Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks returned as Washington's coach, and the crowd greeted him warmly.

Bradley Beal scored 31 points for the Wizards. San Antonio's Patty Mills scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to steer the Spurs to a 94-87 win against struggling state rival Dallas.

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