NBA roundup: Brook Lopez, Nets top Raptors

Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds in the Nets’ win over the Raptors.
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Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds in the Nets’ win over the Raptors.

P.J. Carlesimo put his head in his hand, sighed, and brushed back his hair, hardly looking like a guy with a 9-1 record.

‘‘I'm really struggling,’’ he started, adding that the Brooklyn Nets faced a ‘‘major, major concern.’’

It’s a good one, though. They simply have so many guys playing well that it’s tough for Carlesimo to get them all minutes.


Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and the Nets extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night in New York.

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Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season. A .500 team when they fired Avery Johnson late last month, Brooklyn has won nine of 10 under its interim coach and pulled within 1½ games of the Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead.

Clippers 117, Rockets 109 — Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, and visiting Los Angeles looked just fine without Chris Paul in its win over struggling Houston.

The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.

Lakers 104, Bucks 88 — Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant also scored 31 points and host Los Angeles beat Milwaukee for its second straight win after a six-game skid.


Metta World Peace added 12 points as the Lakers prepared for Thursday’s visit from the Miami Heat with an impressive effort against the Bucks, who lost for the second time in five games under interim coach Jim Boylan.

Nuggets 115, Trail Blazers 111 — Wilson Chandler hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds remaining in overtime and host Denver beat Portland for its season-best sixth consecutive victory.

Danilo Gallinari added 25 points, including a key 3-pointer in the extra period. Ty Lawson had 24 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets.

Pacers 103, Bobcats 76 — Roy Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Indiana handed Charlotte its 13th straight home loss.

The Pacers bounced back from Sunday’s 11-point defeat to the Nets and won for the fifth time in six games.


Hornets 111, 76ers 99 — Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19, and New Orleans won in Philadelphia.

Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry scored 11, and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 — including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.