NBA wrap: Danny Green keeps Raptors atop East standings

The Toronto Raptors continue to play solid basketball and came away with yet another big win as it took down the Orlando Magic 93-91.

Danny Green's last-second shot gave Toronto Raptors win over Orlando Magic.   -  AP

The Toronto Raptors continue to play solid basketball and came away with yet another big win on Tuesday as it took down the Orlando Magic 93-91 on Danny Green's last-second jumper.

Green didn't have a fantastic game as he finished with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, but his bucket close to the rim with 0.5 seconds left was enough to move Toronto's record to 14-4 on the season, one game clear of second-place Milwaukee.

Green went into the fourth quarter 2 of 9 from the floor, but the 31-year-old has played long enough to not let a performance like that keep him from putting up shots late in games.

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"It takes some time, years of maturity," he said after the game. "Just practicing mentally every day of just letting the last shot go and thinking the next one's going in, so you know, it's only taken me 10 years so finally I've — hopefully — jumped over that hump."

The Raptors overcame a 27-point performance from Magic guard Evan Fournier and a 14-point, 18-rebound showing from Nikola Vucevic to earn the win. Orlando is now 9-9 on the season and in seventh place in the East.

STUDS OF THE NIGHT

Heat center Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 23 rebounds, but Miami fell to the Nets 104-92 at home.

CJ McCollum (31) and Damian Lillard (29) combined to score 60 points, tally 10 assists and grab 10 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 118-114 win over the Knicks.

DUDS OF THE NIGHT

Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari and Wizards guard Austin Rivers dueled in a battle of futility in Washington's 125-118 victory over LA on Tuesday. Gallinari had three points but went 0 for 8 from the floor while Rivers had two points while going 0-for-5 shooting.

WHAT'S NEXT

Thunder (10-6) at Warriors (12-6) — There will be no Stephen Curry and no Draymond Green, so the Thunder will get as pure of a matchup between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as they may have seen since the former OKC forward left for Golden State. Every matchup between Durant and his old team has been must-watch TV and this one is no different, despite the injuries.

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