TORONTO (AP) – Toronto erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and overran Orlando 104-100 on Tuesday, notching their ninth-consecutive win over the Magic and opening a two-game lead atop the NBA’s Atlantic Division.
Among other games, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki set a career scoring record as he helped the Mavericks come back from an even bigger deficit to beat Sacramento, and Memphis’ underperforming reserves lifted to help the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and Terrence Ross had 17 as the Eastern Conference leaders won their fifth straight game and improved to 7-1. The Raptors have won their first five home games of a season for the first time in 11 years.
Evan Fournier scored 24 for Orlando.
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki became the highest-scoring NBA player born outside of the United States, helping the Mavericks rally from 24 points down to beat Sacramento 106-98.
Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the all-time scoring list. The 7-foot German finished with 23 for 26,953 career points, seven more than the Nigerian-born former star of the Houston Rockets.
Monta Ellis scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter when the Mavericks snatched back the lead. They have won 21-straight regular-season home games against Sacramento.
Rudy Gay scored 26 to lead the Kings.
Memphis extended its home-court dominance with a 107-102 win over the Lakers.
Mike Conley scored 23 points for the Grizzlies, who have won 17-straight regular-season home games.