National Basketball Association Game Capsules

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Updated: January 25, 2013

Final Score: Toronto 97, Orlando 95

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – DeMar DeRozan nailed a go-ahead jumper with less than a minute remaining only to see the Orlando Magic answer. But then DeRozan came through again. DeRozan’s fadeaway jumper at the buzzer lifted the Toronto Raptors to a 97-95 win over the Magic. DeRozan’s right-elbow jumper gave the Raptors a two-point edge with 37.5 left before E’Twaun Moore’s offensive rebound putback knotted the contest at 95-95 with 20.9 to go. On the game-winner, Jose Calderon received the inbounds and passed to DeRozan, who began at the top of the key and dribbled left before letting go of a fadeaway from the left corner over the outstretched arms of Glen Davis and Aaron Afflalo. The high-arching shot hit nothing but net.

Final Score: New York 89, Boston 86

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – The contest was marked as the second showdown of the season between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, but it was J.R. Smith who stole the show late. While he only made 3-of-16 from the field on the night, Smith buried a clutch 3-pointer and forced a key turnover down the stretch to help the Knicks come away with an 89-86 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday. Albeit another rough shooting performance, Anthony scored a team-best 28 points on 11-of-28 from the field to help the Knicks avenge their loss to the Celtics on Jan. 7 at Madison Square Garden, where things got a bit chippy between Anthony and Garnett. The two got in a heated exchange during that contest, and Anthony confronted Garnett after the game, which resulted in a one-game suspension for the Knicks’ superstar.

Final Score: Phoenix 93, LA Clippers 88

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Goran Dragic tallied 24 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the Phoenix Suns’ 93-88 win over the Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix, which has won two straight under new interim head coach Lindsey Hunter. Paul sat out his second contest in a row with a bruised right kneecap, an injury which has caused him to miss five tilts so far this season. The team is 3-2 without him. Jamal Crawford netted 21 points off the bench to lead the Clippers, who have dropped three consecutive games on the heels of a four-game win streak.