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Lowry leads Raptors past Mavs, greatest comeback in team history


KYLE Lowry scored 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and added 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 30-point third-quarter deficit to post a 110-107 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

The 30-point deficit was the largest the Raptors have overcome to win a game in franchise history. The previous high was 27.

Toronto extended its winning streak to five games and handed Dallas its first road loss since a 106-103 setback to New York on Nov. 14.

Chris Boucher added a career-best 21 points for the injury-depleted Raptors, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and Fred VanVleet had 10.

Jalen Brunson had 21 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas. Dwight Powell had 17 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 and Dorian Finney-Smith 14 for the Mavericks.

Dallas took a 23-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Nuggets hand LeBronless Lakers 3rd straight loss

Paul Millsap scored 21 points and Gary Harris added 19 as the Denver Nuggets used a second-half burst for a 128104 victory Sunday over the host Los Angeles Lakers, who played without the injured LeBron James.

Nikola Jokic had 18 points and six rebounds, while Will Barton finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their sixth straight. Malik Beasley chipped in 16 points off the bench.

Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 32 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, but sustained a knee injury. Kyle Kuzma, who returned after missing the previous five games with an ankle sprain, had 16 points off the bench for the Lakers, who dropped their third in a row. No other Laker scored in double figures.

James missed a game for the first time this season with a thoracic muscle strain in his back.

Denver prevailed despite guard Jamal Murray, who entered the contest averaging 17.9 points per contest, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting, including 0-for-6 on 3-pointers.

Dennis Schroder, Thunder storm back to shock Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career high of 32 points set in his previous game to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-112 win against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.

Gilgeous-Alexander was part of the trade that sent six-time NBA All-Star Paul George to the Clippers last July.

George, who received a warm reception from the crowd in his first return to Oklahoma City, finished with 18 points.

Dennis Schroder scored 14 of his 28 points in the final 3:36 to help the Thunder come from behind and then pull away in the final minutes.

Steven Adams had 20 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and Chris Paul had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won a season-high four straight games to move over .500 for the first time (15-14).

Lou Williams made a rare start for the Clippers, filling in for Patrick Beverley (sore groin), and scored a team-high 22 points. Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

 ??  ?? KYLE Lowry (right) and the Raptors overcame on Sunday the largest deficit in franchise history en route to a win. Nick Turchiaro, USA Today Sports/Reuters
KYLE Lowry (right) and the Raptors overcame on Sunday the largest deficit in franchise history en route to a win. Nick Turchiaro, USA Today Sports/Reuters

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