A 31-point final quarter handed the Toronto Raptors a 99-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Friday’s NBA action.
The Cavaliers had opened up a nine-point advantage after the third quarter, but the Canadians, led by Kyle Lowry’s 43 points, took the win after outscoring the visitors by 11 points in the final salvo.
LeBron James scored 25 points, dragged down eight rebounds and assisted seven times in a losing cause.
Marvin Williams’ double-double handed the Charlotte Hornets a narrow 96-95 win over the Indiana Pacers. Paul George scored 32 points for the Pacers.
The Washington Wizards eased past the Philadelphia 76ers 103-94 after John Wall’s 23-point, 11 assist double-double.
The New York Knicks recorded a 108-85 victory over Orlando Magic, while the Atlanta Hawks overpowered the Chicago Bulls 103-88 despite Pau Gasol’s 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks needed overtime to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116. The Mavericks dominated proceedings in the first half of the match, but Denver bounced back in the third and fourth quarters to force the match into additional time. The hosts, though, regained their composure somewhat in OT to claim a hard-fought victory.
Chris Paul scored 40 points and claimed 13 assists in the LA Clippers‘ 117-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Finally, the Memphis Grizzles thumped the LA Lakers 112-95, with Zach Randolph scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.