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Raptors get some payback, beat Bobcats for 5th straight victory

Chris Bosh had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani matched his career high with 28 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Bobcats 107-103 on Wednesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Marco Belinelli scored 13 points and rookie DeMar DeRozan had 10 as Toronto avenged its worst defeat of the season, a 116-81 loss at Charlotte on Nov. 25 — the biggest margin of victory in Bobcats history.

Stephen Jackson scored 30 points and Raymond Felton had 23 for the Bobcats, who are 1-14 on the road, the second-worst mark in the NBA.

Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Bobcats, who made 23 turnovers, none bigger than Felton's miscue in the final minute that gave Toronto the ball and allowed Bargnani to make a 3-pointer that put the Raptors up 105-101 with 11 seconds remaining.

Toronto forward Hedo Turkoglu bruised his right knee in the first half and did not return after the break. He had two points and five assists in 14 minutes.

Toronto led 84-80 heading into the fourth after Belinelli ended the third with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Belinelli grabbed the ball after Stephen Graham had his shot blocked and raced up court before making a running jumper from the wing.

Jackson scored on three straight possessions, including a layup, a jumper and two free throws, to make it 96-95 with 3:53 remaining, but Belinelli made an off-balance layup and Bosh drained a pair from the line to make it 100-95 with 3:16 left.

CAVALIERS 106, HAWKS 101 — In Cleveland, Anderson Varejao made his first career 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left — a 25th birthday present to teammate LeBron James — to give Cleveland the over Atlanta, the Cavaliers' 11th victory in 12 games.

James scored a season-high 48 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavs.

With the score tied at 101 and the 24-second shot clock down to its final tick, the ball wound up in the hands of Varejao, who missed his first 18 career 3-pointers. But the frizzy-haired Brazilian stepped up and drilled his long shot before James rushed into his arms.

After Atlanta's Mike Bibby missed a 3 with six seconds left, Jamario Moon made two free throws to ice the Cavs' sixth straight win.

GRIZZLIES 121, PACERS 110 — In Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 31 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over Indiana, the Pacers' eighth straight loss.

Zach Randolph had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 21 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies.

Former Pacer Jamaal Tinsley scored three points in 15 minutes for Memphis. It was his first game in Indiana since the Pacers waived him this past summer. Tinsley often found himself injured or in legal trouble during his stay, and Pacers fans who remembered showered him with boos when he entered the game late in the first quarter.

Luther Head tied a career high with 30 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, for the Pacers.

NETS 104, KNICKS 95 — In East Rutherford, N.J., Brook Lopez had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the New Jersey Nets not only posted a rare victory, they snapped a 10-game losing streak.

Yi Jianlian added 22 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts had 17 and Devin Harris had 17, eight assists and seven rebounds as New Jersey (3-29) ended its second double-digit losing streak of the season.

The Nets set an NBA record opening the season with 18 straight losses.

Reserve Al Harrington scored 25 to lead the Knicks, who failed in their bid for their first 10-win month since January 2003.

MAGIC 117, BUCKS 92 — In Orlando, Fla., Vince Carter took a shoulder to the head by Ersan Ilyasova, hit the floor hard and rolled up under the courtside seats grimacing in pain.

About 3 minutes later, still shaken, Carter finally stood up. Then so did the Magic.

Carter overcame the hard collision to score 25 points, rallying Orlando past Milwaukee.

Carter shook off the pain and never exited, igniting a 17-2 run after the play late in the third quarter that helped Orlando pull away.

HORNETS 91, HEAT 91 — In New Orleans, David West scored six of his 21 points in the last 55 seconds, and the New Orleans Hornets held on.

Chris Paul had 18 points and nine assists, and Emeka Okafor had 15 points, 14 rebounds and a key block on Udonis Haslem in the final 30 seconds, helping the Hornets end a two-game skid and snap Miami's three-game winning streak.

JAZZ 107, TIMBERWOLVES 103 — In Minneapolis, Deron Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz finally beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Williams led a second-half surge and all five starters were in double figures as the Jazz avoided an embarrassing third consecutive loss to the lowly Wolves.