Raptors reach a franchise record with 40th victory

– Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Lou Williams scored 24 points, and the Toronto Raptors pulled away for a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

The Raptors set a franchise record by earning their 40th victory in just 67 games. They had never achieved that feat in fewer than 70.

Toronto shot 47.6 percent from the field.

The Pacers got within four at halftime and made it a 58-56 game when C.J. Miles opened the second half by making two free throws.

Toronto’s Terrence Ross answered with two threes in a row to ignite a 16-5 run that made it 74-61 with 5:50 left in the third, and Indiana never got closer than seven again.

“That is the way we have to play,” coach Dwane Casey said. “That is something we have been imploring and we got it together. That was one of the best, close to, 48 minutes in a while. We’ve got to continue to do that and keep that focus.”

HIGHLIGHTS

 

• NO WELCOME BACK: Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half, Goran Dragic added 20 and the Miami Heat handed Le-Bron James another loss on his former home floor with a 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami has won both of James’ regular-season trips to Miami this season. James scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter.

• WARRIORS HOLD ON: Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry added 19, and the host Warriors secured a playoff spot by beating the Lakers 108-105.

• MAVS RALLY: Chandler Parsons scored 31 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 with some big three-pointers and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 15 down in the third quarter for a 119-115 victory against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.

• NEAR-CHOKE: After letting a 25-point lead dwindle to three, the Washington Wizards held on to beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 105-97, behind John Wall’s 21 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks.

• CELTICS MAKE IT 5: Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 26 points, Avery Bradley had 20 and the host Boston Celtics won their season-high fifth game in a row, 108-89 over the 76ers.

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