Raptors 95, Pacers 82
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists and the host Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games, beating the Indiana Pacers.
Terrence Ross scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors (15-15) snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak and improved to .500 after 30 games for the first time since Jan. 6, 2010.
The Raptors have won eight of 10 games since Dec. 13, when the majority of the players acquired from Sacramento in the Rudy Gay deal made their Toronto debuts.
Roy Hibbert fouled out with 16 points and Paul George had 12 for the Pacers, who recorded a season-worst 23 turnovers. Indiana had won nine of its previous 12 meetings with Toronto, including four in a row north of the border. Danny Granger scored 11 points for Indiana.
Hibbert picked up his fifth foul less than 90 seconds into the fourth quarter, and the Pacers couldn’t hold a one-point lead without their big man. Greivis Vasquez hit a 3 on Toronto’s next possession, giving the Raptors a 69-67 lead.
David West tied the score at 74-74 with a jump shot at 6:58, but Toronto answered with six unanswered points, four from DeRozan, to open an 80-74 lead at 5:23. West stopped the run by making 1-of-2 at the line, but Lowry hit two free throws at the other end and, after Hibbert checked back in, DeRozan nailed a jumper to put Toronto up 84-75 with 4:22 left.
Hibbert fouled out with 3:25 left and Toronto scored five of the next seven points, two on a layup by Lowry, to lead 91-79 with 2:00 left.
Mavericks 87, Wizards 78
Monta Ellis scored 23 points, Vince Carter had 13 and the Dallas Mavericks held the host Washington Wizards scoreless for more than 4 minutes late in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards led 74-70 with 4:58 to play, but the Mavericks scored nine straight points on a 3-pointer by Carter, a hook shoot by Brandan Wright, two free throws by Carter and a jumper by Ellis to give Dallas a 79-74 lead with 2:14 to play.
Washington didn’t score again until John Wall, who led the Wizards with 22 points, made two free throws with 46 seconds to play.
Trevor Booker had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Washington.
It was Dallas’ fourth consecutive win on the road and their eighth straight over the Wizards (14-15), who failed in their attempt to rise above .500 for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009.
Dirk Nowitzki, averaging 21.3 points, had a season-low nine, shooting 3-for-14.
Timberwolves 124, Pelicans 112
Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Kevin Martin all scored at least 20 points to power the host Minnesota Timberwolves over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Pekovic scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Love added 21 points and six rebounds and Martin 20 points. Guard Ricky Rubio had 14 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Minnesota scored 61 points in the first half and had a 14-point advantage at halftime. The Timberwolves expanded their lead to 30 in the second half.
76ers 114, Nuggets 102
The visiting Philadelphia 76ers used a strong second-quarter effort to take command and went on to beat the Denver Nuggets. Philadelphia outscored Denver 44-26 in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime advantage.
Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Philadelphia.