Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork. Cedric Paquette Lightning Jersey .com) - Marcus Paiges layup with 8.5 seconds left lifted the 18th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels over the fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 72-71, on Saturday. Brice Johnson made a short jumper with 38.1 seconds remaining to give North Carolina a 70-69 edge, but Louisvilles Terry Rozier responded with a baseline jumper at the other end. Paige then drove to the hoop and made a layup high off the glass to put the Tar Heels back in front. Wayne Blackshear missed a 3-point attempt from the corner and Roziers putback layup attempt was off the mark as time expired. Kennedy Meeks had 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-1 ACC), who bounced back from a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame on Monday. Johnson tallied 11 points and 11 boards. J.P. Tokoto and Paige each scored 10 points for North Carolina, which trailed by 13 with 8:43 to play. Rozier finished with 25 points for the Cardinals (14-2, 2-1), who had a three- game winning streak snapped. Chris Jones added 19 points. Louisville coach Rick Pitino fell to 0-6 all-time against North Carolina, with three games coming while he was coaching Kentucky. Trailing 63-50, Meeks made two free throws and Joel Berry II connected from beyond the arc to start North Carolinas comeback. After Blackshear made a jumper, Paige hit a 3-pointer to make it a seven-point contest. Rozier responded with two free throws, but the Tar Heels ended the game on a 14-4 surge. Tokotos tip-in pulled North Carolina within 69-68 with 2:09 left. Johnson was blocked by Montrezl Harrell on his teams next trip down the court. Blackshear missed a 3-pointer for Louisville and Mangok Mathiang lost control of the ball after pulling down the offensive rebound. Johnson followed his jumper from in close to give North Carolina a 70-69 lead. The score was 34-34 following a first half that featured five lead changes and five ties. Trailing 38-36, the Cardinals used a 13-2 spurt to build a nine-point advantage. The score was 63-50 following Jones jumper and a Blackshear 3- pointer. Game Notes North Carolina improved to 10-3 all-time against Louisville ... Harrell had nine points ... The Tar Heels had 17 offensive rebounds, compared to nine for the Cardinals. Victor Hedman Lightning Jersey . 98 jersey in a game yet, and already its a big seller. Ryan Callahan Jersey .Y. -- AJ Allmendingers journey is almost complete.BOSTON - The Toronto Raptors were short a couple of key frontcourt players. It didnt matter because Kyle Lowry stepped up big.Lowry scored 35 points and had a key steal in the closing minute to lead the Raptors to a 110-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.With big men Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas sidelined, Lowry took over for the Raptors in the second quarter and carried them from there.He came out aggressive, forward DeMar DeRozan said. We need him to do that.DeRozan had 23 points and Patrick Patterson added 14 for Toronto, but it was Lowry that Boston coach Brad Stevens praised.I said before the game that he probably should have been an All-Star last year, Stevens said. It looks like he took that one seriously because he looked like one tonight.It came after the Raptors fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter.We cant be that way, coach Dwane Casey said. It shouldnt have to come from me to crack the whip at every turn to get us going.Rajon Rondo led Boston with a triple-double of 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Jeff Green had 20 points for the Celtics, who have lost three straight after a season-opening win over Brooklyn.They were missing some guys and he knew he needed to step up, and did his job, Boston forward Kelly Olynyk said of Lowry.With the score tied at 105, Lowry stripped rookie Marcus Smart and fed DeRozan for a fast-break layup with 33 seconds left. He was fouled on the play and hit the free throw.If he got by me he would have got a layup, Lowry said. I knew DeMars always going to trail me. I was just hoping he was hurrying up.Rondos two free throws sliced it to one, but Lowry nailed a fadeaway jumper from the left wing with 8 seconds to play.Green back-rimmed a long 3 and Bostons Jared Sullinger grabbed the rebound, but time ran out.Boston had overcome a horrible shooting stretch filled with turnovers, rallying to tie it at 105 on Smarts 3-pointer from the top with 1:10 to play.The Celtics trailed 102-97 with 2 1/2 minutes left.Toronto trailed by seven, but closed the third quarter with an 11-2 spree, taking its first lead since the games opening basket on a driving floater at the buzzer by Lou Williams. Nikita Kucherov Lightning Jersey. eading 88-86 after three, the Raptors pushed it to 92-86 on James Johnsons steal and breakaway jam with just over nine minutes left. The Celtics went 5 1/2 minutes without a basket.After Sullingers three-point play — Bostons only basket in a 10 1/2 minute stretch — cut it to 94-92, the Raptors scored the next six points. The Celtics had already committed 27 turnovers midway into the final quarter and finished with 28.Lowry scored 14 points in the third quarter, taking over by handling the ball for long stretches before either driving to the middle of Bostons defence or hitting long jumpers.The Celtics had opened a 27-11 lead eight minutes into the game, but the Raptors — sparked by Lowrys nine points — got back in it with a 15-0 run over a 3 1/2 minute stretch late in the second quarter and closed it to 57-54 at halftime.___TIP-INSRaptors: C Valanciunas did not play after leaving Tuesdays win over Oklahoma City with a bruise on his right hand at the start of the second quarter. He returned to that game, but left again after getting accidentally hit in the face. Theres nothing broke, everythings negative, Casey said before the game. A little bit of everything. He got beat up pretty good, got hit in the nose, and cracked his knuckle on somebodys knee or something. ... F Johnson (sore left ankle) missed his third straight, but Casey said he expects him to return Friday.Celtics: C Vitor Faverani, who had off-season knee surgery in Europe, was back with the team. Theres a long way to go before he gets back on the court, Stevens said.WHAT A NIGHTLowry was 12 of 17 from the floor, nailing two from beyond the 3-point line. He also was 9 of 10 from the free throw line, had four assists and four rebounds in 35 1/2 minutes. Hes just really good, Stevens said.SIZZLING STARTThe Celtics hit 15 of 19 shots in the opening quarter en route to a 35-23 lead after one.UP NEXTRaptors: Host Washington on Friday.Celtics: Host Indiana Friday. ' ' '