Basketball: Raptors still rolling in the NBA

DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets. Photo / Getty Images
DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets. Photo / Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit and hung on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 25 points while Kyle Lowry added 23 points and nine assists.

With the win, Toronto (42-20) have won three straight against Brooklyn this season and avoided a second consecutive home loss - something they haven't done since December.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs romped to a 116-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

Playing without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Spurs still won for the ninth time in their past 10 games. Aldridge shot 11-for-13 from the field and added four assists and four blocked shots.

Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Nuggets denied Carmelo Anthony another win in Denver with a 110-94 win over the New York Knicks.

Nikola Jokic had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 16 for the Nuggets, who swept the season series for the first time in seven years.

Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Paul Millsap bagged 18 and the Atlanta Hawks rallied out of a double-digit deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 91-84.

The Hawks' defence stifled the Jazz into shooting 35 per cent and committing 20 turnovers. Atlanta, who shot 48 per cent from the field, improved to 36-28 with their fifth win in six games.

D'Angelo Russell scored 27 points and Jordan Clarkson added 24 points, guiding the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-98 victory over the Orlando Magic at Staples Center.

Julius Randle collected 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers (14-51), who won a second consecutive game for only the third time this season. Wednesday's win comes on the heels of a rout on Monday of the Golden State Warriors.

Damian Lillard scored nine of his 41 points in overtime to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-109 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Moda Center.

Lillard also dished out 11 assists and CJ McCollum added 18 points for the Trail Blazers (34-31), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

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