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Raptors too strong for Bucks in NBA

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016

Milwaukee have slumped to a third straight NBA loss, going down 122-100 to bogey team Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors to victory with 30 points while Terrence Ross added 25 to give Toronto 12 wins from their past 13 against Milwaukee.

Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas had 13 rebounds and 11 points for his team-leading seventh double-double of the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo produced a team-high 30 points and Jabari Parker chipped in with 27 as Milwaukee lost for a sixth consecutive time to the Raptors.

Australia's Matthew Dellavedova had two points and 10 assists while compatriot and rookie Thon Maker scored three points and grabbed three rebounds and a steal in just over six minutes on court for the Bucks.

Charlotte beat Indiana 110-94 with Paul George and Myles Turner leading the Pacers with 22 points each.

The win snapped Indiana's four-game losing streak against Charlotte in the regular season.

"We knew this team has kicked us in the past, four or five times, so we wanted to come out here and send a message," Turner said.

"We were so connected in the first quarter on defence and it just carried over to the rest of the game."

While Miami downed Washington 112-101 thanks to a season-high 34 points to Goran Dragic and Houston beat Brooklyn 122-118.

James Harden scored 36 points and had 11 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets.

Jeremy Lin returned to action for Brooklyn for the 'first time since November 2 when he suffered a strained left hamstring.

Although Lin did not start, he played 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 10 points.

Wesley Matthews scored 25 points to help the last-placed Dallas Mavericks to a rare blowout win, beating the listless Denver Nuggets 112-92.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points for the Mavericks, who led 65-43 at the break.

They expanded the margin to their biggest of the season at 28 points in the third quarter and won consecutive home games for the first time in an injury-plagued season.

It was a mixed day for the Los Angeles teams with the Clippers edging the Trail Blazers 121-120 while the Kings trounced the Lakers 116-92.

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