DeRozan scores 15, Raptors beat Nuggets 114-110
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 28, 2018 10:08 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 15: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors is seen during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 15, 2017 during Game One of Round One of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, and Fred VanVleet each scored 15 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 114-110 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Jakob Poeltl scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, including eight straight for Toronto at one stretch.
Serge Ibaka had 13 points, Pascal Siakam 12 and Kyle Lowry 11 as the Raptors improved to 31-7 at home.
Toronto, which lost to the Clippers on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), avoided what would have been its fifth two-game losing streak. The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors have yet to lose three consecutive games this season.
Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and Paul Millsap scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who lost their second straight and fourth in six games.
Jamal Murray scored 15 points and fellow Canadian Trey Lyles had 13 for the Nuggets.
Up 85-82 through three quarters, Denver reeled off five straight points in the first minute of the fourth to open an eight-point advantage. Toronto answered with a 13-2 spurt over the next four minutes. Denver called timeout after VanVleet's driving layup gave the Raptors a 95-92 lead with 6:55 to play.
Toronto led 111-101 after Poeltl capped his outburst with a layup with just over a minute left. Back-to-back three-pointers by Murray and Wilson Chandler cut it to 111-107 with 18 seconds remaining. After VanVleet made a pair of free throws, Jokic banked home a three to make it 113-110 with 10 seconds to go, but Denver couldn't get any closer.
Lowry scored nine points in the first and Wright banked home a half-court heave at the buzzer to give Toronto a 25-23 lead after one. Denver shot 1-for-8 from three-point range in the first, but went 8-for-8 at the free throw line.
A triple by Lyles gave Denver a 47-39 lead with 5:43 left in the second but Valanciunas scored eight points and Ibaka had six as the Raptors rallied to tie it at 58 at halftime.
Millsap scored 12 points in the third.
Nuggets: Leading scorer Gary Harris (right knee) missed his sixth straight game. ... Jokic had eight assists. ... Denver shot 14-for-21 in the second.
Raptors: Toronto is 19-11 against Western Conference opponents. ... Lowry and DeRozan each had eight assists.
Nuggets: Conclude a seven-game road trip at Oklahoma City on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Raptors: Visit Boston on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The Raptors and Celtics meet twice in Toronto's next three games.