DeRozan helps Raptors knock off Pistons

Posted at 03/13/2014 4:52 PM
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes to make a basket as Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko (33) defends during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Photo by John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Raptors 101, Pistons 87

DeMar DeRozan led the way with a game-high 25 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Detroit Pistons.

Toronto (36-27) opened an 18-point lead to start the third thanks to a 13-2 run led by Kyle Lowry and never looked back. Lowy finished with 19 points.

The loss extends the Pistons' (25-40) losing road streak to 10 games.

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Grizzlies 90, Pelicans 88

Mike Conley scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half, including a running one-hander in the lane with 1.5 seconds left, to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Grizzlies (38-26) won their fourth consecutive game by holding the Pelicans (26-38) to 31 points on 11-of-32 shooting (34.3 percent) in the second half.

The Pelicans got 29 points and 10 rebounds from forward Anthony Davis, but he scored just seven in the second half.

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Knicks 116, Celtics 92

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the short-handed New York Knicks continued their belated playoff push with a victory over the Boston Celtics.

Playing without Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin, New York (26-40) won their fifth straight to move within three games of the idle Atlanta Hawks for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Jeff Green scored 17 points in the third quarter and 19 of his 27 in the second half as the Celtics (22-43) lost their second straight and fell for the ninth time in 12 games.