MEMPHIS, Tenn. — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and Toronto Raptors held off the Memphis Grizzlies for a 99-95 victory on Friday night.
Terrence Ross was key in the fourth quarter, scoring all 12 of his points in the final period, converting four 3-pointers in the fourth.
Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best seven blocks as the Raptors won their second straight and third in the past four. Norman Powell scored 14 for Toronto.
Zach Randolph led seven Memphis players in double figures with 16 points. Jordan Farmar, Lance Stephenson and Xavier Munford each had 12 points.
Tony Allen, JaMychal Green and Vince Carter had 10 apiece for the Grizzlies, who lost their fifth straight.
The game featured 14 lead changes and 11 ties and neither team led by more than five points in the fourth quarter when there were four ties.
Ross provided a small cushion for the Raptors with consecutive 3-pointers near the nine-minute mark. He added a third for nine straight Raptors points.
Despite Ross' scoring in the quarter, Memphis was still within 89-88 after Randolph converted a pair of free throws with 2:53 left.
Valanciunas made two free throws and a layup by Lowry gave Toronto its largest lead of the game at 93-88.
Memphis would get close a time or two, but could never overtake the Raptors as Valanciunas hit all six of his free throws in the final 2:36.
Toronto converted 27 of 29 free throws in the game.
Memphis connected on its first 10 shots in the second quarter to erase an early deficit and build its advantage to 11 before carrying a 53-45 lead into intermission. Randolph had 10 points for Memphis, which wound up shooting 52 per cent.
The Raptors were led by their backcourt with DeRozan recording 13 points and Lowry adding 11, despite the two guards shooting a combined 7 of 17 before the break.
Memphis had trouble holding the lead and the ball immediately after halftime, and the Raptors steadily whittled into the advantage. Toronto eventually reclaimed the lead, benefiting from Memphis giving up four early turnovers.
Toronto carried a 74-72 lead into the fourth as DeRozan had 11 in the third and Powell contributed eight in the period.
Raptors: Vince Carter, with the Grizzlies, still ranks second on Toronto's career scoring list. ... F Luis Scola missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. ... DeRozan has led the Raptors in scoring in each of the past seven games. Valancunius recorded his 20th double-double. ... Toronto matched its franchise record of road wins in a season with 22.
Grizzlies: Memphis signed G Bryce Cotton to a 10-day contract earlier Friday. Cotton, who did not play, becomes the 28th player to dress for the Grizzlies this season — an NBA record. ... Munford's previous season high (also his career high in points) was nine.
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Clay Bailey, The Associated Press