Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Torrid DeRozan, Raptors slow Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — DeMar DeRozan had 34 points as the Raptors snapped the Hornets' four-game winning streak with a 113-111 win Friday night.

DeRozan went in averaging a league-high 34.1 points. He made 14 of 26 shots and hit several key jumpers down the stretch as the Raptors erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win for the fifth time in six games.

DeRozan has scored at least 30 in seven games.

His big night offset a huge performance from Charlotte guard Kemba Walker, who scored 40 and made 7 of 12 3-pointers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: A day after visiting the White House, LeBron James and the Cavaliers hit 14 3-pointers and beat the host Wizards 105-94. … Gordon Hayward scored 20 to lift the visiting Jazz to an 87-74 victory over the Magic, which lost its third straight. … Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 29 in the first half, and the host Celtics snapped a three-game skid with a 115-87 victory over the Knicks. … Joel Embiid scored 16 of his 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the host 76ers to their first win of the season, 109-105 over the Pacers.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday plans to end his leave of absence next week and rejoin the team prepared to play immediately. … John Wall will be held out of the Wizards' game tonight as coach Scott Brooks attempts to manage the All-Star guard's minutes. … Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio returned to practice after missing five games with a sprained right elbow.

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