Raptors 103, Rockets 96
Jose Calderon had 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the host Raptors to victory over Houston.
Alan Anderson had 24 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 19 points for the Raptors (6-19), who hadn’t won consecutive games since April 13 and 15 of last season.
Ed Davis added 13 points for Toronto. James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets (11-12), while Marcus Morris added 19.
The Raptors took a 77-71 lead into the fourth quarter, and stretched their advantage to nine points. But Houston made for some tense moments late in the game, cutting Toronto’s lead to four points with a couple of minutes to go.
Former Raptors sharp-shooter Carlos Delfino drained two baskets in the final 1:04 to pull the Rockets to within two points, but Calderon sunk two free throws to put Toronto back up by four.
The teams traded free throws for most of the final minute. Harden, last season’s Sixth Man award winner for Oklahoma City, drained a pair, Anderson went to the line to sink two, and then Chandler Parsons missed one of two with 13 seconds left.
Anderson scored on a driving reverse layup with 11 seconds to go to seal the victory for Toronto.
Nuggets 122, Kings 97
Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and Denver built a big lead in the first half and cruised past host Sacramento.
The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to break away from a tie in the first quarter, and led by a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
Sacramento’s Aaron Brooks committed a hard foul against Andre Miller late in the first quarter and a mild altercation ensued involving DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets. All four players were given technical fouls.
Lakers 111, 76ers 98
Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Los Angeles won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month with a victory over host Philadelphia.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers. Darius Morris had a career-high 15 points, all in the first half, and Chris Duhon scored 14.