Raptors beat Sixers in Lowry's return

The Sports Xchange

Posted at Apr 10 2014 02:52 PM | Updated as of Apr 10 2014 10:52 PM

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) carries the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Photo by John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Raptors 125, 76ers 114

Kyle Lowry returned from a bruised kneecap to score a game-high 29 points, leading the Toronto Raptors to a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Lowry had missed the previous three games. Toronto (46-32) center Jonas Valanciunas added a career-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds just two days after he was charged with drunk driving.

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Nuggets 123, Rockets 116

Randy Foye had 30 points and 15 assists, Kenneth Faried scored 22 and the Denver Nuggets never trailed in beating the Houston Rockets.

Denver (34-44) led by 22 early in the fourth but the Rockets rallied to make it competitive.

Jeremy Lin had 18 points and Chandler Parsons scored 16 for Houston, which had its three-game winning streak stopped.

The Rockets (52-26), fourth in the Western Conference, are trying to secure home court in the first round.

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Magic 115, Nets 111

Arron Afflalo scored 25 points, including seven in the last four minutes, to lead the Orlando Magic to a over the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets.

Joe Johnson had 31 points for the Nets, who were coming off a dramatic win in Miami on Tuesday night but trailed throughout much of the game Wednesday.

The Nets (43-35) are firmly fifth in the Eastern Conference.

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Cavaliers 122, Pistons 100

Dion Waiters fired in a game-high 22 points and dished out eight assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Cleveland (32-47) had seven players reach double figures in scoring as they kept their slim playoff hopes alive, trailing eighth place Atlanta by 3.5 games with just three games remaining.