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By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 27, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors' reserves came up big in the fourth quarter of a 110-98 victory over the Clippers on Saturday, ending Los Angeles' eight-game home winning streak.

Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the defending Atlantic Division champion Raptors, who entered the day with a one-game lead over Atlanta for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Lowry shot 9 of 17, after averaging 9.3 points and 27.5 percent from the field over his previous four games against the Clippers.

J.J. Redick had 23 points and Blake Griffin had 22 for the Clippers, who lost at home for the first time since Chicago beat them on Nov. 17.

BULLS 107, Pelicans 100

CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 33 points, Derrick Rose had 19 and Chicago beat New Orleans for its sixth consecutive victory.

The Bulls (21-9) also had three reserves score in double figures in their ninth win in 10 games. Aaron Brooks scored 13 points, and Taj Gibson added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic finished with 10 points.

Anthony Davis had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in his first NBA game in his hometown. Tyreke Evans scored 26 points for the Pelicans, and Jrue Holiday had 19 points and seven assists.

The Pelicans (15-15), who were coming off a 97-90 victory over San Antonio on Friday night, were outrebounded 45-37 by the Bulls.

GRIZZLIES 103, HEAT 95

MIAMI (AP) — Mike Conley scored 24 points, Marc Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Memphis never trailed on the way to beating Miami.

Beno Udrih scored 11 for the Grizzlies, who led by 19 early in the second half before Miami scored to get within one or two points on 11 different occasions in the final minutes.

But the Grizzlies always had an answer, putting six players in double figures and snapping a four-game losing streak.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami, which fell to 6-11 at home. Danny Granger scored a season-high 18 off the bench for the Heat, who got 16 from Luol Deng and 13 from Chris Andersen.

MAGIC 102, HORNETS 94

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Orlando overcame a career-high 42 points from Kemba Walker to beat Charlotte.

Walker scored a Charlotte-record 35 in the second half and finished 15 of 30 in the highest-scoring game of his career, but the Hornets could never regain the lead after falling behind by 10 at halftime.

Victor Oladipo scored 13 points, Evan Fournier had 12, and Ben Gordon and Elfrid Payton each had 11 for the Magic (12-21).

The Magic have defeated the Hornets (10-21) twice in Charlotte this season. Earlier this year they erased a 23-point deficit to win.

WIZARDS 101, CELTICS 88

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kris Humphries scored 18 points, Paul Pierce had 17 and Washington beat Boston.

It was the Wizards' eighth win in their last 10 games, and it was decided quickly. Washington scored 13 consecutive points to take a 15-2 lead with not even 4 minutes gone.

Jeff Green scored 23 points for Boston, which has lost four straight.

By the time the Celtics' nightmare first quarter ended, they were behind 30-12 and outrebounded by 16-6 and had eight turnovers.

PACERS 110, NETS 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points, David West added 17, and Indiana overwhelmed Brooklyn.

Former Nets guard C.J. Watson, who played for Brooklyn during the 2012-13 season, came off the bench and scored 17 points. Luis Scola added 13, Chris Copeland had 12 and Lavoy Allen chipped in 10.

Jarrett Jack had 22 points and Joe Johnson added 18 for Brooklyn, which had won its previous three games. The Nets, who entered the night 12-2 against teams with losing records, couldn't handle the Pacers, who improved to 11-20.

Indiana's bench, third-best in the league with 39.6 points entering the game, outscored its Brooklyn counterparts 52-16.

HAWKS 90, BUCKS 85

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Al Horford added 20, and Atlanta beat Milwaukee.

The Hawks avenged a 30-point loss to Milwaukee on Friday in Atlanta with their 15th win in their last 17 games. Paul Millsap finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta.

Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 21 points, which tied a season high, and O.J. Mayo added 11. Jared Dudley, who made NBA history on Friday by hitting all 10 of his shots, including four 4-pointers, shot just 3 of 8 for nine points.

JAZZ 88, 76ERS 71

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derrick Favors had 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Utah over Philadelphia.

Trey Burke added 17 points, Gordon Hayward chipped in 15 and Enes Kanter finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (10-20).

Tony Wroten scored 20 points and Robert Covington added 17 for the Sixers (4-25), who could not overcome a sluggish offensive performance before halftime.

The Jazz limited the Sixers to just 12-of-40 shooting (30 percent) from the field before halftime. Michael Carter-Williams particularly struggled, shooting just 1 of 13 in the first two quarters. He finished the game just 2 of 20.

KINGS 135, KNICKS 129, OT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins scored nine of his season-high 39 points in overtime in his return from a stomach ailment, and Sacramento handed New York its seventh straight loss.

Rudy Gay scored 29 points and Darren Collison added 27 points, 10 assists and a tiebreaking 3-pointer late in overtime for the slumping Kings. Sacramento had lost seven of its previous eight games, including four of five under interim coach Tyrone Corbin. But a matchup with the NBA's second-worst team helped reverse that slide.

Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points for the short-handed Knicks, who dressed only nine players in losing for the 17th time in 18 games.

WARRIORS 110, TIMBERWOLVES 97

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 25 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Golden State shook off a two-game losing streak by rolling past lowly Minnesota.

Four others scored in double digits as the NBA-leading Warriors (24-5) wore down the last-place Timberwolves in the second half. Golden State led by 27 points early in the fourth quarter and rested many of its regulars in the final minutes.

Thaddeus Young finished with 17 points and six rebounds, and Zach LaVine had 12 points and 14 assists in Minnesota's eighth straight loss. The injury-ravaged Wolves (5-24) are in last place in the Western Conference.

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