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Raptors win 110-98 to snap Clippers home streak

December 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto ended the Los Angeles Clippers’ eight-game home winning streak with a 110-98 victory on Saturday, with the Raptors’ reserves steering the NBA Eastern Conference leaders through the fourth quarter.

The other two East divisional leaders also won, with Atlanta taking victory at Milwaukee and Chicago extending its winning streak to six by downing New Orleans, while in the West, Memphis moved into a virtual tie for the Southwest Division leade by beating Miami.

Toronto’s Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors stayed ahead of Atlanta for top spot in the East.

Lowry shot 9 of 17, after having averaged 27.5 percent from the field over his previous four games against the Clippers.

J.J. Redick had 23 points for the Clippers, who had not lost at home since Nov. 17.

Atlanta’s Jeff Teague scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to guide the Hawks past Milwaukee 90-85.

Al Horford added 20 for the Hawks, who avenged a 30-point home loss to Milwaukee on Friday.

Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 21 points, which tied a season high.

Chicago’s Jimmy Butler scored 33 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-100 win against New Orleans.

Derrick Rose had 19 for the Bulls, who also had three reserves score in double figures.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in his first NBA game in Chicago, his hometown.

Memphis led from start to finish in winning 103-95 at Miami.

Mike Conley scored 24 points and Marc Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who led by 19 early in the second half before Miami scored to get within one or two points on 11 different occasions in the final minutes.

But the Grizzlies always had an answer, putting six players in double figures and snapping a four-game losing streak.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami, which fell to 6-11 at home.

Washington made a blistering start and went on to comfortably beat Boston 101-88.

Kris Humphries scored 18 points and Paul Pierce had 17 for the Wizards, who led 15-2 with less than four minutes gone.

Jeff Green scored 23 points for Boston, which has lost four straight.

Golden State rolled to a 110-87 home win over Minnesota, with Stephen Curry contributing 25 points and six assists while Klay Thompson scored 21 points.

Indiana’s bench players combined for 52 points to lead the Pacers to a 110-85 win at Brooklyn.

Orlando overcame a career-high 42 points from Kemba Walker to beat Charlotte 102-94.

Sacamrnto’s DeMarcus Cousins scored nine of his season-high 39 points in overtime in his return from a stomach ailment, and led the Kings to a 135-129 victory over New York, handing the Knicks a seventh successive loss.

Utah won 88-71 against hapless Philadelphia, which made only 12 of its 40 field shots in the first half.

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