Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points and made two big shots to give the Toronto Raptors a 99-97 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 on Friday night at Toronto.
Terrence Ross added 15 points for the Raptors, who rallied from 14 points down and won their 10th straight at home to tie a franchise record.
LeBron James had 25 points and Kevin Love added 20 for the Cavaliers, who had their lead over Toronto in the East cut to two games.
Lowry tied the score at 97-all with a hook shot with 51.9 seconds remaining. After J.R. Smith’s miss gave the Raptors back the ball, Lowry took his time before firing a pull-up jumper with 3.8 seconds left to put Toronto back in front.
Following a Cleveland timeout, James put up what would have been a game-winning three-pointer, but it missed the rim completely as time expired.
at Dallas 122, Nuggets 116 (OT): Raymond Felton tied the score late in regulation and then had eight of his 16 points in overtime for the Mavericks, who rallied from 23 points down in the second quarter.
Charlotte 96, at Indiana 95: Kemba Walker scored 22 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left for the Hornets. Monta Ellis gave Indiana the lead with a layup over Walker with 16.2 seconds to go. Walker then split two defenders to get to the rim on Charlotte’s ensuing possession and sank a left-handed scoop shot over Paul George. The Pacers had a chance at the buzzer, but George’s shot from the top of the key missed. George finished with 32 points.
Washington 103, at Philadelphia 94: John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists and the Wizards ended a three-game road losing streak. Jahlil Okafor scored 21 for the 76ers, who lost their seventh straight and 11th in 12 games. Philadelphia dropped to 8-49, preserving their chances of breaking the NBA record for losses in an 82-game season — 73, set by the 76ers in 1972-73.
at New York 108, Orlando 95: Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Knicks won for only the third time in 16 games. Aaron Gordon had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, which dropped five games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
at Atlanta 103, Chicago 88: Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and the Hawks ended a three-game losing streak by defeating the Bulls, who played without Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Nikola Mirotic.