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NBA roundup: Raptors fend off fading Cavaliers

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games with a 99-93 victory over the injury-riddled Cavaliers on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Terrence Ross hit a 3-pointer with 3:02 remaining to put Toronto ahead, 90-89. DeRozan dunked on a baseline drive and added two free throws to give the Raptors a 94-91 lead with 1:23 remaining. The All-Star hit three more free throws in the final 27 seconds to put away the game.

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Kyrie Irving, who played 45 minutes and the entire second half because of Cleveland’s depleted roster, scored 25 points and had nine assists. Cleveland has lost three straight after winning six in a row and fell 5½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers again played without center Anderson Varejao (sore back) and guards Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) and C.J. Miles (sprained left ankle).

Ross scored 19 points while Greivis Vasquez added 15 for the Raptors.

Wizards 115, Magic 106 — John Wall scored 27 points, and must-make-the-playoffs Washington survived its first game after Nene’s latest injury, beating Orlando at home.

Trevor Ariza added 22 points and hit all five of his 3-point attempts, and Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who made 10 of 16 3-pointers and have won a season-high four in a row to move one game above .500. They also improved to 2-6 this season without Nene, who sprained the MCL in his left knee Sunday in a 96-83 win at Cleveland.

Victor Oladipo scored 26 points for the Magic.

Timberwolves 110, Suns 101 — Kevin Love fell one assist shy of his second triple-double in three games, and Minnesota used a late outburst to win in Phoenix.

Love, whose first career triple-double came at Utah on Saturday, had 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who trailed by 8 with 7:57 to play, then outscored the Suns, 24-6.

Rookie Shabazz Muhammad had a career-high 20 points and Corey Brewer added 18 for Minnesota.

Markieff Morris scored 24 and Gerald Green 19 for Phoenix.

Trail Blazers 100, Nuggets 95 — Damian Lillard made up for the absence of fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge by scoring 31 points in Portland’s win over host Denver.

The Blazers again went with a smaller lineup with Aldridge missing his fourth straight game with a strained left groin.

Randy Foye led Denver with 17 points.

Bulls 107, Hawks 103 — Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago held off host Atlanta.

The Bulls have won six of seven.

Jeff Teague had 26 points for the Hawks.

Rockets 129, Kings 103 — James Harden scored 43 points as Houston routed Sacramento on the road.

Dwight Howard, who left in the first quarter with an apparent right knee injury, returned in the second quarter and returned to his usual form, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Pacers 118, Lakers 98 — Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana beat visiting Los Angeles. Indiana improved its league-leading record to 43-13.

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