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scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry
had 13 points and a season-high
14 assists as the Toronto Raptors
extended their season-best win-
ning streak to four games by beat-
ing the Indiana Pacers 95-82 in
the NBA on Wednesday.
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
January 6, 2010.
The Raptors have won eight of
ten games since December 13,
when the majority of the players
acquired from Sacramento in the
Rudy Gay deal made their Toronto
Roy Hibbert fouled out with 16
points and Paul George had 12 for
the Pacers, who recorded a sea-
son-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 Indi-
Clippers 112, Bobcats 85
LOS ANGELES---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
Dudley faced his second former
team in two games, making seven
of ten 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
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
Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker
each scored 14 points for the Bob-
cats, whose previous six losses all
were decided by five points or
76ers 114, Nuggets 102
DENVER---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 week-
JJ 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.
Mavericks 87, Wizard 78
scored 23 points and Vince Carter
had 13 as the Mavericks held the
Wizards scoreless for more than
four minutes late in the fourth
The Wizards led 74-70 with 4:58
to play, but the Mavericks scored
nine straight points on a three-
pointer by Carter, a hook shoot by
Brandan Wright, two free throws
by Carter and a jumper by Ellis.
Washington didn t score again
until John Wall, who led the Wiz-
ards with 22 points, made two free
throws with 46 seconds to play.
Trevor Booker had ten points
and a career-high 19 rebounds for
It was Dallas fourth straight win
on the road and their eighth
straight over the Wizards (14-15),
who failed in their attempt to rise
above .500 for the first time since
October 31, 2009.
had 22 points and seven rebounds
and the Timberwolves led by as
many as 30 points in cruising to
Kevin Love had 21 points and
six rebounds and Ricky Rubio had
14 points, nine assists, eight
rebounds and three steals for the
Timberwolves. Minnesota shot 55.7
per cent, attempted 35 free throws
and forced a season-high 18
turnovers from the Pelicans.
Ryan Anderson had 25 points
and Tyreke Evans added 16 points
and seven boards for New Orleans.
Eric Gordon returned from a three-
game absence because of a bruised
hip, but struggled with 12 points
on 5-for-12 shooting.
Kevin Martin scored 20 points
and reserve JJ Barea had 17 to help
the Wolves (16-16) to a needed
win over New Orleans (14-16) in
the jockeying for position in the
tough Western Conference.
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, left, drives at Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson during the first half of an
NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
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