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NBA: Parker scores 26 points as Raptors defeat Magic


Anthony Parker scored a season-high 26 points and Chris Bosh added 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 39-point performance by Orlando’s Dwight Howard to beat the Magic 108-102 on Sunday.

Parker was 13-of-16 from the field and came within one point of his career high. The Raptors also got 18 points from Andrea Bargnani, 12 from Roko Ukic and 11 from Will Solomon.

Howard matched his career high in both points and field goals, but it wasn’t enough for Orlando, which had won 17 of 20 coming in.


At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Pau Gasol added 19 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Portland for their sixth consecutive victory and 15th straight at home.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as all five starters scored in double figures. But the Blazers shot only 39 percent overall.

Facing the Trail Blazers for the first time since their season-opening 96-76 win — Portland’s lowest point total ever against the Lakers — the defending Western Conference champions pulled away with a 15-3 run that increased their four-point lead to 75-59 with 2:12 left in the third quarter.


At New York, Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 31 points and New York snapped an eight-game losing streak against sputtering Boston.

Al Harrington added 30 for the Knicks, who hadn’t beaten Boston at Madison Square Garden since March 23, 2005, dropping the last six meetings.

Paul Pierce scored 31 points for the Celtics, who lost for the fourth time in six games after a 27-2 start. Ray Allen added 16, but Garnett, who seemed to hurt his right leg late in the third quarter, had only six points on 1-of-6 shooting with nine rebounds.


At Washington, LeBron James was called for traveling while driving for the potential tying basket with 2.3 seconds left as his Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Eastern ­Conference-worst Washington.

James finished with 30 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. But nobody else on the Cavaliers scored more than 13, and they were held to their lowest point total this season.

In other games it was:

• Pistons 88, Clippers 87

• Grizzlies 102, Mavericks 82

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