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Howard leads the way as Hawks edge out Raptors

Slam: Pistons center Andre Drummond dunks between Wizards defenders Marcus Thornton, left, and Jason Smith.

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Slam: Pistons center Andre Drummond dunks between Wizards defenders Marcus Thornton, left, and Jason Smith.

TORONTO — Dwight Howard had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Dennis Schroder scored 24 and the Hawks beat the Raptors 125-121 Friday night to snap Toronto's four-game win streak.

Kyle Korver had a season-high 19, including a season-high six 3-pointers for Atlanta. Howard's double double was his 17th of the season.

DeMar DeRozan had 34 for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry added 27.

Down 113-97 with 7:10 to go, the Raptors went on a 14-4 run to get within six points on DeRozan's dunk with 3:47 to play. The teams then exchanged the next six baskets.

Schroder converted a free throw with 6.7 seconds to re-establish a four-point Atlanta edge, and Lowry's miss on a 3 with 1.9 seconds left ended Toronto's comeback.

Game Highlights: Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Evan Fournier also scored 21 and the host Magic defeated the Nets 118-111 to snap its six-game home losing streak. … John Wall had 29 points and 11 assists, leading the host Wizards in a 122-108 victory over the Pistons. … Isaiah Thomas scored 16 of his 26 in the second half and former Gator Al Horford had 18 points and five blocks as the host Celtics beat the Hornets 96-88. … James Harden had his sixth triple double of the season and the host Rockets made a league-record 24 3s in a 122-100 win over the Pelicans. Houston attempting 61 3s to shatter its own record of 50 set earlier this year. It broke the NBA record for made 3s, shared by Houston in 2013 and Orlando in 2009. … Julius Randle scored nine of his 25 in the first quarter and the visiting Lakers snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 100-89 win over the 76ers. … Blake Griffin scored 20, and DeAndre Jordan added 12 to go with 19 rebounds as the visiting Clippers edged the Heat 102-98.

Around The League: Cavaliers center Chris Andersen tore his ACL in practice and will require season-ending surgery.

Howard leads the way as Hawks edge out Raptors 12/16/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2016 11:15pm]
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