DeRozan Leads Raptors’ Comeback; Other NBA Action
(AP) — DeMar DeRozan has fueled another comeback victory by the Toronto Raptors.
DeRozan poured in 40 points as the Raptors beat Miami, 101-84. He shot 14-for-25 from the field after needing 38 shots to score 42 against Chicago on Tuesday
Norman Powell had 14 for the Raptors, who trailed by 15 in the first half before outscoring the Heat by 32 the rest of the way. It was the 19th time Toronto has pulled out a win after trailing by at least 10 points.
Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Heat, who are just one game ahead of the Bulls and Detroit in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Checking out the rest of the NBA:
— San Antonio was a 97-90 winner against Memphis as LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 in a possible first-round preview. The Spurs' 55th win leaves them two games behind Golden State for the league's best record.
— Harrison Barnes made the go-ahead basket with 1:06 to play and provided a game-clinching steal to send Dallas past the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-95. Barnes contributed 21 points and Seth Curry had a team-high 23 as the Mavericks ended the Clippers' three-game winning streak.
— Damian Lillard scored half of his 30 points in the opening period to help Portland grab an early 14-point lead in a 110-95 drubbing of New York. The Blazers are within one game of Denver for the final Western Conference playoff seed.
— The Nets finally have their first winning streak of the season after Brook Lopez scored 19 points and K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 in a 126-98 crushing of Phoenix. Trevor Booker added 14 points for the league-worst Nets, who rolled to an easy victory despite allowing the Suns to open the game on a 17-4 run.