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Toronto Raptors on song against Utah Jazz

Kyle Lowry scored 17 points, dished out 11 assists and collected seven rebounds to lead the in-form Toronto Raptors to a 124-111 NBA victory over the Jazz in Utah.

Alec Burks led Utah with 22 points off the bench on Monday in his first game back after missing four games with a fractured hand while Australian duo Joe Ingles and Dante Exum were held to nine and seven points respectively.

Toronto, who now boast a 10-1 record, were untroubled despite star Kawhi Leonard missing a second consecutive game with a foot injury.

In Denver, Jamal Murray scored a career-high 48 points to outshine Kyrie Irving, as the Nuggets beat the Celtics 115-107.

Murray’s big night helped the Nuggets to their fifth straight win while Irving weighed in with 31 points for the Celtics.

Australian Aron Baynes recorded two points, two rebounds and an assist from 11 minutes of court time for Boston.

Zach LaVine’s career-high 41st point, a free throw with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime, lifted the visiting Chicago Bulls to a 116-115 win over the New York Knicks to snap a four-game losing streak.

Knicks reserve Enes Kanter had a historic game in defeat by recording 23 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists.

He is the first player to notch 20 points, 20 rebounds and five assists off the bench since Hall of Famer Charles Barkley had 31 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists against Portland in 1986.

With Oklahoma City star point guard Russell Westbrook out in the second half with an ankle injury, Dennis Schroder stepped up with a season-high 22 points to help the Thunder to a 122-116 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Schroder grabbed his chance to shine after Westbrook twisted his left ankle with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter.

Josh Richardson’s 27 points helped Miami snap a three-game losing streak with a 120-115 overtime victory over the Pistons in Detroit while in Orlando Evan Fournier nailed a jump shot at the buzzer to give the Magic an improbable 102-100 win after the Cleveland Cavaliers turned the ball over twice in the final 20 seconds.

James Harden scored 28 points, but it was his his lone block which helped the Houston Rockets secure their third consecutive win, 98-94, over the Pacers in Indiana.

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo scored seven consecutive points down the stretch, but Harden blocked a Oladipo shot with 28.8 seconds left and the Rockets leading 93-90.

Harden later sealed with victory with two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining.

To round out the nine-game schedule, two-time defending champion Golden State beat Memphis 117-101 and the Los Angeles Clippers were 120-109 winners over Minnesota.

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