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Conference leaders Raptors, Nuggets meet

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Sunday night's marquee matchup in the NBA features the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conference.

No, it's not Boston vs. Golden State, as many would expect. Instead, Toronto and Denver lead their respective conferences a third of the way through the season.

The Raptors (23-8) come into Sunday's matchup in Denver banged up, but they have company. The Nuggets are missing three starters from opening night but have been able to push through for their best start in decades.

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Simmons has 22-11-14 as 76ers rip Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers won in Jimmy Butler's return, routing Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday.

Butler scored 19 points after missing two games - both losses - with a strained groin.

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Russell scores 32 as Nets push run to 5

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell scored 32 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 144-127 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.

Joe Harris had 16 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 off the bench for the Nets, who last won five straight March 25-April 2, 2015.

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Moore returns for Pelicans against Heat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard E'Twaun Moore is ready to return from a lower leg strain that sidelined him for two games and is expected to play Sunday night against Miami.

Gentry says forward Nikola Mirotic is missing his second straight game with a right ankle injury.

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James, Ball have triple-doubles in rout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Luke Walton was surprised to hear that LeBron James and Lonzo Ball were only the second Lakers teammates to record a triple-double in the same game.

"I know it's not easy. There have been a lot of good players in Lakers history and I figured Walton and Kobe (Bryant) would have done it a few times," joked Walton, a former small forward with the Lakers.

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Harden has 2nd straight triple-double

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) James Harden may be getting on a roll, notching his second straight triple-double to help the Houston Rockets grab their third consecutive win.

Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets weathered a fourth-quarter burst to beat the Grizzlies 105-97 on Saturday night.

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Bulls rally from 21 down to stun Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs 98-93 on Saturday night.

The rally snapped Chicago's three-game skid and ended San Antonio's four-game winning streak.

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Pistons end Celtics' 8-game win streak

DETROIT (AP) Jayson Tatum leaped toward the basket and Andre Drummond met him there, blocking the Boston forward's attempt at a one-handed dunk.

It was a fitting conclusion to an impressive second half of defense by the Detroit Pistons.

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George scores 33 to lift OKC over Clips

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers' traps and double-teams useless.

Oklahoma City's forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night.

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Wizards acquire F Ariza from Suns

WASHINGTON (AP) After a three-way trade fell apart over mistaken identity, the Wizards are getting Trevor Ariza after all.

Washington agreed in principle Saturday to acquire Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by either team.

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