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Leading from start to finishFollowing Dwight Howard’s ejection, who was tossed in the second quarter for his second technical foul, the Raptors were in complete control of the game. Here, Toronto Raptors’ Jose Calderon (left) is seen shooting past LA Lakers’ Steve Nash.Photo: reuters
Leading from start to finishFollowing Dwight Howard’s ejection, who was tossed in the second quarter for his second technical foul, the Raptors were in complete control of the game. Here, Toronto Raptors’ Jose Calderon (left) is seen shooting past LA Lakers’ Steve Nash.Photo: reuters

Dwight Howard lost his cool and the star-studded but struggling Los Angeles Lakers dropped another game.

Spaniard Jose Calderon had 22 points with nine assists and the Toronto Raptors took advantage of a first-half ejection of the All-Star centre to send the visiting Lakers to their fifth straight road loss, 108-103 on Sunday.

Landry Fields and Ed Davis had 18 points apiece while Alan Anderson added 14 for the Raptors (15-26), who led virtually the entire contest.

Howard was tossed with 1 minute 18 seconds left in the second quarter after drawing his second technical foul when he got tied up by Anderson. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points on an icy 10-of-32 shooting, Spaniard Pau Gasol added 25 for the Lakers (17-23), who lost for the eighth time in the last 10 games.

Earl Clark contributed 14 points with as many boards while Canadian Steve Nash finished with 16 points and nine assists.

The Lakers are off to their worst start through 40 games since 1993-94 season.

Elsewhere, Corey Brewer had 26 points, Kenneth Faried added 16 with 10 rebounds, including the go-ahead layup with 46.5 seconds left in overtime as the Denver Nuggets snapped the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder’s six-game winning streak with a 121-118 win in overtime.

Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 36 with eight rebounds and nine assists, as the Thunder (32-9) dropped into a league-best tie with the idle LA Clippers.

With a shot to send the game into a second extra session, Durant and Westbrook both missed corner threes as the Thunder dropped to 5-1 in overtime contests this season.

Shawn Marion scored 20 points, OJ Mayo and Vince Carter added 15 apiece as the visiting Dallas Mavericks won for the fifth time in six decisions, holding off the Orlando Magic 111-105, who got a game-high 24 points from Glen Davis.

Rookie Andre Drummond netted 16 points, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Will Bynum added 15 apiece, and the Detroit Pistons regrouped to beat the visiting Boston Celtics 103-88 after blowing an 18-point second-quarter cushion.

Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett topped Boston with 16 points apiece. Rajon Rondo contributed eight with 15 assists, nine rebounds but committed nine turnovers in the loss.DPA


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