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Valanciunas scores 25 points, leads Raptors past Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, top left, works under the basket against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

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Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors emerged with a 94-87 victory Wednesday night over a New Orleans Pelicans squad that played without All-Star forward Anthony Davis during the second half.

The Pelicans announced that Davis hurt his left wrist, an injury that appeared to occur when he caught his wrist on the front rim and then crashed to the court during the Pelicans' final possession of the first half. Davis was fouled by Normal Powell as leaped in an effort to corral an alley-oop pass. Davis, who shoots right-handed, made two free throws after the foul, but never emerged from the locker room after halftime in a game that was close most of the way.

DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, but the Pelicans fell to 1-5 with Cousins in the lineup.

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Davis scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes before he left.

Valanciunas, by contrast, closed out his nearly 34-minute night by hitting a 17-foot jumper, a cutting layup and a dunk inside the final four minutes as the Raptors opened up their lead from two to 10 points with 43 seconds to go.

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points for Toronto, including a 16-foot, step-back jumper that made it 92-84 with 1:49 left. Serge Ibaka added 12 points for the Raptors, who've won six of their last eight, and Cory Joseph scored 11.

Cousins was the only Pelicans starter to score in double figures. Reserve E'Twaun Moore had 13 points and recently acquired reserve guard Jordan Crawford scored 10.

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