Raptors extend win streak to 10
TORONTO – Starring guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 26 points as Toronto beat the New York Knicks 103-93 on Thursday night to set a franchise record with its 10th consecutive victory.
Lowry also had 10 assists. Jonas Valanciunas added 11 points and 17 rebounds for Toronto.
Both teams scored 50 points in the second half. But the Raptors built a six-point lead in the first quarter and led 53-43 at halftime.
Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 20 points, but nobody else had more than 13.
Shooting percentages were nearly identical on two- and three-point shots, but there was a big discrepancy at the free throw line. The Knicks were 10-for-20, the Raptors 21-for-29.
•PACERS WHOOSH AWAY: Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Myles Turner, a rookie out of Texas, added 20 in his first start to lead the Pacers past the Hawks 111-92 in Indianapolis. The Pacers stopped a three-game losing streak by outscoring the Hawks 23-2 over the final 5:34 seconds. Atlanta was led by Indianapolis native Jeff Teague, who had 20 points.
•THREES KEY FOR NUGGETS: Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and made four of his five three-pointers to lead the visiting Nuggets to a 117-113 victory over the Wizards, who have lost five of six. The Nuggets were 9-for-18 on three-pointers. Garrett Temple had 20 points for Washington.
•PELICANS SOAR ON HOT HAND: Ryan Anderson tied his career high with 36 points as the host Pelicans beat the Kings 114-105.
•GRIZZLIES GROWL: Jeff Green scored 21 points as the Grizzlies pulled away in the second half for a 103-83 victory over the visiting Bucks.
•THE BUTLER DID IT: Jimmy Butler had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Bulls opened their longest road trip of the season with a 114-91 victory over the Lakers, who lost their eighth game in a row.
•IT'S THE CHASE CENTER: The Warriors reached a naming-rights deal with JPMorgan Chase for their new 18,000-seat arena. It will be called the Chase Center.