The matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top teams was a rout as the Toronto Raptors opened the second half of the season with a surprisingly lopsided 105-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at Atlanta.
Lou Williams had 26 points while making seven of 10 three-pointers and DeMar DeRozan had 21 points for Toronto. The Raptors outscored the Hawks 28-13 in the third quarter to turn a close game into a 23-point lead.
The Hawks have lost four of seven games following a team-record 19-game winning streak.
Cleveland 127, at Washington 89: LeBron James set aside first-half foul trouble to finish with 28 points in only 25 minutes, and Kyrie Irving scored 25, helping the surging Cavaliers win for the 15th time in 17 games.
at Golden State 110, San Antonio 99: The Warriors improved their NBA-best mark to 43-9 as Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists and Klay Thompson scored 20.
at Sacramento 109, Boston 101: DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 28 and the Kings made new Coach George Karl a winner in his return to the NBA.
at Orlando 95, New Orleans 84: The Magic posted back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 14 as Victor Oladipo had 22 points, and Nik Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Indiana 106, at Philadelphia 95: Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 30 points off the bench and the Pacers picked up where they left off before the All-Star break with their fifth victory in six games. Stuckey had to be helped off late in the game after landing awkwardly on his left ankle.
at Detroit 100, Chicago 91: Andre Drummond had 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead the short-handed Pistons over the Bulls. Detroit dressed only 10 players, having traded four away Thursday to obtain Reggie Jackson and Tayshaun Prince.
Miami 111, at New York 87: With Chris Bosh hospitalized in South Florida for tests and Goran Dragic not yet available, eight of nine Heat players scored in double figures as Miami routed the Knicks. Dwyane Wade scored 12 after a seven-game absence for a hamstring injury.
at Minnesota 111, Phoenix 109: Kevin Martin scored 28 points and Timberwolves handed the Suns their sixth loss in seven games. Markieff Morris scored 31 points for Phoenix, which dressed only 10 players and fell behind Oklahoma City in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
at Dallas 111, Houston 100: Devin Harris scored 17 points, Al-Farouq Aminu set season highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the Mavericks held off the Rockets, who cut a 20-point deficit to five before fading at the finish.
at Milwaukee 89, Denver 81: Michael Carter-Williams didn’t play, but the Bucks used a 20-7 run in the third quarter to win their first game since tweaking their roster at the trade deadline.
at Utah 92, Portland 76: Trey Burke scored 19 points off the bench and the Jazz pulled away from the Trail Blazers with a 39-10 run over the third and fourth quarters.