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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

Late foul shots help Raptors top Lakers

TORONTO (AP) Even Hedo Turkoglu was surprised to find himself heading to the free throw line with a chance to beat the defending NBA champions.

A driving Turkoglu drew a foul from Pau Gasol, then hit both free throws with 1.2 seconds left as the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-105 on Sunday night.

"I was surprised. I thought I wasn't going to go to the line," Turkoglu said. "Usually I don't rely on that because sometimes you get calls and sometimes you don't. I just tried to take the best shot I could."

Gasol insisted he didn't foul Turkoglu on the decisive play.

"It was a questionable call," Gasol said. "I don't think I pushed him at all. My arm was on his back but I never pushed him. A tough call at a critical part of the game."

Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points, Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack each had 18 and Marco Belinelli added 15 for the Raptors, who have won four of six overall and nine of 10 at home.

"Huge win, not only because it is against the Lakers, but we are continuing to play well at home," Bosh said.

DeMar DeRozan scored 10 points and Bosh had 13 rebounds for his 32nd double-double, tying him with Orlando's Dwight Howard for the NBA lead.

Kobe Bryant missed a last-second jump shot and fell one assist shy of his first triple-double of the season, scoring 27 points and grabbing career-high 16 rebounds. Bryant, who shot 11-for-24, has 16 career triple-doubles.

Bryant took an inbound pass from Luke Walton but his fadeaway jumper rimmed out as the Lakers lost for the second time in three games.

"I just wanted to get a good look," Bryant said. "I wanted to raise up, put enough arc on the ball. It felt pretty good, it just came up a little bit short."

Mavericks 128, Knicks 78

In New York, Drew Gooden stepped into the lineup with 15 points and 18 rebounds, and Dallas coasted to the biggest win in franchise history while missing two starters.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry each scored 20 points, and the Mavericks, who led by as much as 53, put on a shooting clinic in beating the Knicks for the eighth straight time. Dallas shot 58 percent from the field, was 12-of-22 from beyond the arc and 16 of 17 from the foul line.

David Lee had 11 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks lost their sixth in eight games.

Clippers 92, Wizards 78

In Washington, Chris Kaman scored 20 points, Marcus Camby had 12 points and 19 rebounds and Los Angeles snapped an eight-game road skid to surpass last season's win total.



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