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Toronto Raptors score 11th straight


Toronto Raptors score 11th straight

(Associated Press) – March 18, 2018 – 12:00am

TORONTO –  DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, topping the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night for their 11th consecutive win.

DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors (52-17) won for the 18th time in 19 games. Delon Wright had 15 points and Fred VanVleet scored 14, helping Toronto improve to an NBA-best 29-5 at home.

Dallas had won three of four. Harrison Barnes scored 27 points for the Mavericks, and Dennis Smith Jr. had 19.

In Oakland, Buddy Hield made three free throws over the final 27.5 seconds, Willie Cauley-Stein had a late dunk and Sacramento won, 98-93, on Golden State’s home floor for the second time this season.

Hield finished with 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Quinn Cook scored a career-high 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting for Golden State, making his initial seven shots and also hitting a career-best five 3-pointers after Kevin Durant was lost to a broken rib in a discouraging pregame announcement for the defending champions.

In Oklahoma City, Corey Brewer scored 22 points to help Oklahoma City beat the LA Clippers, 121-113, for its fifth straight win.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his 22th triple-double of the season and the 101st of his career. Paul George scored 19 points and Steven Adams added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder, who swept all three games from the Clippers this season.

Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Austin Rivers added 23 for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 21 rebounds.

In Philadelphia, Joel Embiid had 24 points and a career-high 19 rebounds on his 24th birthday, leading the 76ers to a 120-116  victory over the Nets.

J.J. Redick added 23 points and Ben Simmons had 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Philadelphia (38-30), which pulled a half-game behind idle Washington for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points for the Nets (21-48), who lost their third straight and 19th in the last 22 games.

In other NBA games, it was Heat 92, Lakers 91; Celtics 92, Magic 83.



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