NBA playoffs: Raptors hold off Nets to win Game 5

 Kyle Lowry, who torched the Nets for 36 points, turns his back on Deron Williams (8) and heads for the hoop.
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Kyle Lowry, who torched the Nets for 36 points, turns his back on Deron Williams (8) and heads for the hoop.

Kyle Lowry scored a career playoff-high 36 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer after Toronto had blown a 26-point lead, and the host Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets, 115-113, on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 16, and Greivis Vasquez added 15 for the Raptors, who would advance to face Miami in the second round with a victory in Game 6 on Friday in Brooklyn.

Joe Johnson scored 30 points and Mirza Teletovic had 17 for the Nets, who scored 44 points in the fourth quarter but lost their final chance when Andray Blatche fired a pass well over Deron Williams’s head into the backcourt for a turnover.


Toronto led, 94-72, on a 3-pointer by Vasquez with 11:23 remaining, but Brooklyn scored 15 of the next 18 points, including a 4-point play by Alan Anderson, to make it 97-87 with 7:15 remaining.

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Johnson later converted a 3-point play, then made a 3 to tie it at 101 with 3:16 left.

Lowry put Toronto back on top with a pair of free throws, and a 3 by Vasquez gave the Raptors a 5-point lead with 2:46 left.

Two free throws by Blatche and a 3 by Teletovic tied it at 106 with 1:23 left, but Lowry made a 3, then followed a layup by Blatche with a driving hook shot, putting the Raptors up 111-108 with 27 seconds remaining.

Johnson missed a jumper and DeRozan was fouled after grabbing the rebound, making both to put Toronto up by 5, but Amir Johnson fouled out on Anderson’s 3. Anderson’s free throw made it 113-112 with less than 10 seconds left.


DeRozan added two more free throws to give Toronto a 115-112 lead with 6 seconds left. After a timeout, Blatche was fouled and made the first free throw but missed the second. Blatche grabbed the rebound and tried to pass it to Williams but the ball sailed into the backcourt for a turnover, sealing victory for Toronto.

Spurs 109, Mavericks 103 — Tony Parker had 23 points hours after the birth of his first child and host San Antonio never trailed against Dallas, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

Manu Ginobili had 19 points and Tiago Splitter added 17 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio regained home-court advantage in the tense series against their intrastate rival. Tim Duncan added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points for the Spurs.

Vince Carter scored 28 points, making numerous heavily contested shots in going 10 for 16 from the field for Dallas.

After averaging 16 points in the series’ first four games, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki found the stroke in scoring 26 points. Nowitzki was 10 for 20 shooting, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Parker and the Spurs returning to form.


Carter’s 3-pointer with three minutes left pulled Dallas within 98-94, but Parker followed a minute later with his only 3-pointer of the game.

Parker played on little sleep following the early-morning birth of his son, Josh, with fiancé Axelle Francine.

Rockets 108, Trail Blazers 98 — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to score 21 points and help Houston beat visiting Portland and avoid elimination. The Blazers lead the series, 3-2, and will host Game 6 Friday night.

A basket by Damian Lillard got the Trail Blazers within 2 points before James Harden stepped back and swished a 3-pointer to make it 103-98 with about three minutes left.

Harden’s shot was the start of a 12-0 Houston run to close it out. He finished with 17 points and seven assists.