Raptors hand East-leading Pacers rare loss behind DeMar DeRozan's 26 points

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TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists and the Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games, beating the Indiana Pacers 95-82 on Wednesday night.

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The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan drives past the Pacers' Lance Stephenson during the first half Wednesday. DeRozan scored 26 points in Toronto's win over East-leading Indiana.  CHRIS YOUNG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan drives past the Pacers' Lance Stephenson during the first half Wednesday. DeRozan scored 26 points in Toronto's win over East-leading Indiana.

Terrence Ross scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and nine
rebounds as the Raptors (15-15)
snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak and improved to .500 after 30 games for the first time since Jan. 6, 2010.

The Raptors have won eight of 10 games since Dec. 13, when the majority of the players acquired from Sacramento in the Rudy Gay deal made their Toronto debuts.

Roy Hibbert fouled out with 16 points and Paul George had 12 for the Pacers, who recorded a season-worst 23 turnovers.

Indiana had won nine of its previous 12 meetings with Toronto, including four in a row north of the border. Danny Granger scored 11 points for Indiana.

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving got some good news – his left knee is only bruised.

The All-Star guard did not sustain structural damage Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers and is not expected to miss any significant time. An MRI revealed a bruise, the team said Wednesday.

Irving will have treatment and is listed as questionable for Cleveland’s game tonight at home against Orlando.

The Cavs were shaking when Irving fell awkwardly and had to be helped off the floor in the third quarter against the Pacers.

He was examined by a team doctor and returned to play the final minutes as the Cavs lost their sixthin a row.

LAKERS: Guard Jordan Farmar will be out for at least four weeks with another tear in his left hamstring.

Farmar missed 3½ weeks after tearing his left hamstring Dec. 1.

He got hurt again during the Lakers’ home loss to NBA-worst Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Kendall Marshall, signed from the D-League on Dec. 20, is the only healthy point guard on the roster.


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