Lowry, Raptors start 4-0 for 1st time, beating Mavs 102-91

DALLAS (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 27 points as the Toronto Raptors spoiled the home opener in Dallas, beating the Mavericks 102-91 on Tuesday for the first 4-0 start in club history.

The Raptors took the lead for good on a 12-0 run that started in the middle of the fourth quarter. Jonas Valanciunas had six of his 16 points during the decisive stretch.

The Mavericks went almost 4 minutes without a basket after Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer for an 86-82 lead. Nowitzki finished with 18 points.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, and Luis Scola had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who opened with three straight wins two other times in their first 20 seasons.

Atlanta’s Jeff Teague had 26 points and nine assists to lead the Hawks to a 98-92 win at the Miami Heat.

Al Horford scored 17 points and Paul Millsap had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which has won four straight following a season-opening loss.

Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, doing so on 11-for-12 shooting. According to STATS, Whiteside was the third Heat center to shoot at least 11 for 12 and block four shots in a game, joining Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal.

In Los Angeles, Kenneth Faried had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari got 14 of his 21 points in the second half of the Denver Nuggets’ 120-109 victory over the winless Lakers.

J.J. Hickson scored 17 points in the Nuggets’ fifth consecutive win over the Lakers at Staples Center since November 2012. Faried dominated the low post, went 10 for 13 and hit all eight of his free throws in Denver’s 10th win over Los Angeles in the last 11 meetings.

The Memphis Grizzlies bounced back from an embarrassing loss to down the Sacramento Kings 103-89 as Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Grizzlies were eager to rebound after a club-worst, 50-point loss Monday to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies were outscored 72-27 in the middle two quarters and set a team low for shooting (27.1 percent).

Mike Conley had 14 points and six assists for Memphis, and Courtney Lee also scored 14.

In other games, Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Nicolas Batum added 18 as the Charlotte Hornets cruised past the Chicago Bulls 130-105 for their first victory of the season, the Orlando Magic beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-94 and the Detroit Pacers were 94-82 winners over the Detroit Pistons.

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