Lowry powers Raptors past Pistons

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Jan 09 2014 01:00 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2014 09:00 PM

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the net against Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings (7) during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Photo by John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Raptors 112, Pistons 91

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and added nine assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Detroit Pistons to win for the first time in three games.

DeMar DeRozan had 17 of his 19 points in the second half for the Raptors and Terrence Ross added 17 points as Toronto (17-17) won for the sixth time in eight games.

Brandon Jennings scored 22 points and added nine assists to lead the Pistons (14-22), who lost their sixth game in a row.

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Rockets 113, Lakers 99

James Harden scored a season high-tying 38 points and registered his third consecutive explosive third quarter in leading Houston to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

After scoring 16 points in the third against the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks, Harden poured in 17 points against the Lakers (14-22), keying a 33-point period that enabled Houston (23-13) to break the game open.

Dwight Howard added 20 points and 13 rebounds against the team he played for last season.

Nick Young paced the Lakers (14-22) with 25 points.

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Wizards 102, Pelicans 96

Trevor Ariza scored a team-high 21 points, including a key three-pointer to blunt a late Pelicans rally, and point guard John Wall scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to lead the Washington Wizards past the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Wizards (16-17) outscored New Orleans 59-38 over the second and third quarters to break open the game.

Eric Gordon scored 23 to lead the Pelicans (15-19), who dropped their third straight game.