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Raptors upset Pacers to continue hot form

By Chris Pike
2 January 2014 05:35PM EST

TORONTO continued its hot run of form upsetting Indiana in the NBA on New Year's Day with Philadelphia, Dallas, Minnesota and the Clippers also recording victories.

There were five matches in the NBA on New Year's Day with Dallas beating Washington 87-78, Toronto downing 95-82, Minnesota beating New Orleans 124-112, Philadelphia winning over Denver 114-102 and the Clippers thrashing Charlotte 112-85.

It was far from pretty between the Mavericks and Wizards in Washington on New Year's Day, and Dirk Nowitzki was kept to a season low nine points, but Dallas still managed to prevail by nine points to improve to a 19-13 record on the season.

Dallas shot at just 38 per cent from the field and Washington 37 with both teams combining for 33 turnovers in a game that certainly didn’t set the 15,713 in attendance at the Verizon Centre alight.

Monta Ellis led the way for the Mavs with 23 points while Vince Carter scored 13 points, Jose Calderon 11 and Brandan Wright 10.

John Wall finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Wizards despite finishing with seven turnovers.

Marcin Gortat added 12 points, Bradley Beal 10 and Trevor Book 10 to go with 19 rebounds.

Indiana suffered its sixth defeat of the season going down to a vastly-improved Raptors in Toronto by 13 points.

Toronto has now won four straight matches for the first time this season to improve to a 15-15 record that sees the Raptors sit at the 500 mark after 30 games for the first time since 2010.

DeMar DeRozan starred for the Raptors with 26 points and nine rebounds while point guard Kyle Lowry added 13 points and 14 assists.

Terrence Ross added 18 points and centre Jonas Valanciunas 13 to go with his nine boards.

Roy Hibbert top-scored for the Pacers with 16 points while Paul George had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Danny Granger 11 points.

Minnesota withstood a 39-point final quarter from New Orleans to still comfortably beat the Pelicans at home by 12 points with the Timberwolves improving to a 16-16 record.

Centre Nikola Pekovic top-scored for the T'Wolves with 22 points and seven rebounds with Kevin Love adding 21 points, six boards and three assists.

Kevin Martin scored 20 points and point guard Ricky Rubio contributed 14 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals.

Jose Barea added 17 points off the bench for Minnesota with Dante Cunningham and Alexey Shved both scoring 10.

Ryan Anderson led the way for the Pelicans with 25 points with Jrue Holiday adding 19, Tyreke Evans 16, Anthony Davis 13 and Eric Gordon 12.

Philadelphia scored its second straight win on the road despite still sitting on a 10-21 record with a solid 12-point victory in Denver over the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Evan Turner led the way for the 76ers with 23 points, six assists and five assists while Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams again impressed with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Sixers with Spencer Hawes adding 13 points, eight boards and four assists, Lavoy Allen 13 points, James Anderson 12 points and Hollis Thompson 11.

Denver centre JJ Hickson top-scored with 19 points and 11 rebounds with point guard Ty Lawson contributing 15 points, 11 assists and six boards.

Wilson Chandler added 16 points and seven rebounds, Randy Foye 14 points and six assists, and Kenneth Faried 12 points and six boards.

The Clippers ended up easily beating the Bobcats at home on New Year's Day by 27 points to improve to a 22-12 record on the season.

It was a thrilling first half with the lead changing 18 times between the Clippers and Charlotte, but the home team then dominated the second half outscoring the Bobcats 56 to 29 to run out big winners.

Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 31 points and 12 rebounds with Chris Paul adding 17 points and 14 assists.

Jared Dudley scored 20 points and had five assists while Jamal Crawford scored 11 points.

Al Jefferson finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for Charlotte with point guard Kemba Walker finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds.

NBA Results Wednesday January 1
Dallas Mavericks (19-13) 87 defeated Washington Wizards (14-15) 78
Indiana Pacers (25-6) 82 lost to Toronto Raptors (15-15) 95
New Orleans Pelicans (14-16) 112 lost to Minnesota Timberwolves (16-16) 124
Philadelphia 76ers (10-21) 114 defeated Denver Nuggets (14-17) 102
Charlotte Bobcats (14-19) 85 lost to LA Clippers (22-12) 112

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