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NBA game roundup: Hornets win fourth straight

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TORONTO — Guard Gerald Henderson scored 31 points as the Charlotte Hornets extended their winning streak to four games with a 103-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

Guard Kemba Walker added 29 points, seven rebounds and eight assists — and hit a 3-pointer in the final two minutes to extend the lead to 10 points — as the Hornets handed the Raptors their fourth loss in a row.

Forward Marvin Williams added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Charlotte (14-24). Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Guard Kyle Lowry tallied 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Toronto (24-11). Reserve guard Lou Williams scored 15 points, and guard Greivis Vasquez added 11. Center Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Raptors lost three in a row to close out a 2-4 trip from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4. The current losing string is the Raptors’ longest since they lost five straight Nov. 26 to Dec. 6, 2013.

Rockets 120, Knicks 96

NEW YORK — Houston’s entire starting lineup scored in double figures in a win over New York at Madison Square Garden.

Guard James Harden, the league’s leading scorer, paced the Rockets (25-11) with 25 points. Forward Trevor Ariza dropped in 18 points, point guard Patrick Beverley scored 14, center Dwight Howard tossed in 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and forward Donatas Motiejunas added 12 points.

Houston shot a season-best 53.2 percent from the floor, while registering its highest point total of the season.

The Knicks (5-34) dropped their 14th straight game and 24th in the last 25. Their last win was December 12, a 101-95 win at Boston. None of the Knicks starters scored in double figures.

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