Ex-Wolf Young scores biggest basket as Nets beat Raptors

– Thaddeus Young made the tiebreaking basket with 22 seconds left as the Brooklyn Nets edged the Toronto Raptors 114-109 on Friday night for their season-high sixth consecutive victory.

Deron Williams scored a season-high 31 points while Brook Lopez added 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets, who have surged into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Young, acquired from Minnesota for Kevin Garnett in February, tied his season high with 29 points. He broke a 109-all tie after a rebound.

HIGHLIGHTS

•BLAZERS CLINCH DIVISION: C.J. McCollum scored a career-high 27 points and Damian Lillard added 20 as the Portland Trail Blazers celebrated their first Northwest Division title since 2009 with a 107-77 victory over the host Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers matched the franchise record with their 55th loss and missed the playoffs in consecutive for the first time since 1976.

•50TH DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Pau Gasol had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his 50th double-double of the season, helping the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 88-82 in Chicago.

•GRIZZLIES MOVE UP: Jeff Green scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 19 as the Grizzlies defeated Oklahoma City 100-92 in Memphis. Six Grizzlies finished in double figures as Memphis moved into a tie with Houston for the second seed in the Western Conference and the top spot in the Southwest Division.

•PELICANS TOP KINGS: Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Tyreke Evans nearly had a triple-double — 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists — and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans gained ground in the playoff race by beating the Sacramento Kings 101-95.

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