Raptors 115, Heat 112
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Miami Heat on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
Toronto (40-16) improved its NBA-best home record to 24-4 and ensured it will be the top team in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break. The Raptors lead Boston (40-18) by 1½ games. Both teams play their final game before the break on Wednesday night.
Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who also won six straight between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10 and again between Dec. 13 and 23.
C.J. Miles added 11 points, but the Raptors failed to extend its franchise-record five-game streak of winning by 15 or more points.
Goran Dragic scored 28 points and James Johnson had 16 for the Heat, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Dwyane Wade had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Hassan Whiteside collected 10 points and 10 boards.
Rockets 126, Timberwolves 108
James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the host Minnesota Timberwolves for their ninth straight victory.
Ryan Anderson scored 21 points off the bench as the Rockets (43-13) snapped Minnesota’s 13-game home winning streak and pulled within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA.
Bucks 97, Hawks 92
Khris Middleton had 21 points to lead a balanced attack for the Milwaukee Bucks, and All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes to spark a win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.
Tyler Zeller added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week.
Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks.
Antetokounmpo finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Kings 114, Mavericks 109
Zach Randolph scored 22 points, and the visiting Sacramento Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks.
Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 points for the Kings. Seven Kings scored in double figures.
J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.
NOTEBOOK: Porzingis has surgery
All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks has undergone surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee.
The team says the repair of his anterior cruciate ligament was a success. He is expected to be sidelined for much of next season.
NBA: DeRozan scores 27, Raptors hold off Heat 115-112
Raptors 115, Heat 112