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DeRozan scores 40, Raptors rally by Heat

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MIAMI (AP) Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic.

Trouble brings out their best.

DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points - doing that back-to-back for the first time in his career - and the Raptors clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 on Thursday night.

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Barnes delivers late, Mavs top Clippers

DALLAS (AP) Harrison Barnes thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks.

Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95.

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Nets rout Suns, finally win 2 straight

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets finally have a winning streak.

Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 126-98 on Thursday night to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season.

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Spurs top Grizzlies to open homestand

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight.

The Spurs enjoyed it, especially their defensive-minded coach.

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Lillard has 30, Blazers cruise by Knicks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.

So with the New York Knicks sitting Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, Lillard made sure the Portland Trail Blazers didn't go easy on the guys who did play.

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Heat hope to finish epic comeback

MIAMI (AP) They have won 24 times in their last 31 games. They put together the NBA's longest winning streak this season, a 13-game run that was beyond surprising. They are on the cusp of doing something never accomplished in NBA history.

This Miami Heat comeback tale has been an epic one.

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Westbrook's 35th triple-double perfect

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Add another first for Russell Westbrook - a triple-double without missing a shot.

Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

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Embiid to have surgery on torn meniscus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers say center Joel Embiid will undergo surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Team spokesman Mike Preston said before Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder that the 7-footer, who has been plagued with injuries during his professional career, will have the surgery "in the coming days."

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Nuggets limit James in rout of Cavaliers

DENVER (AP) LeBron James's forgettable night included some statistical oddities like going minus-30 in 34 minutes and being the only player on either team to miss a free throw.

In East-leading Cleveland's stunningly thorough 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, James saw his Cavaliers get outscored 70-30 in the paint.

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Kings' Lawson denies violating probation

DENVER (AP) Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson has denied that he violated his probation in a Colorado drunken driving case by drinking and failing to complete community service.

Lawson and his attorney Harvey Steinberg made the assertion Thursday during a brief appearance in a Denver courtroom. In addition, Steinberg said Lawson wanted a device that would randomly test him for alcohol consumption so he could prove he's not drinking.

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