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James' 35-17 help Cavs upend Raptors

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CLEVELAND (AP) The standings show the Eastern Conference's top team plays in Canada.

The best player remains in Cleveland, Ohio.

LeBron James reminded Toronto he's king.


Giannis hurt in Bucks' loss to Clippers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Their playoff hopes fading after a deflating loss a night earlier, the Los Angeles Clippers were desperate for a win.

"We've got to be one team, one unit and play with high energy and compete," Austin Rivers said. "Let's play harder than the other team."


Spurs top Wizards for fifth straight win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and nine rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth straight, 98-90 over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

San Antonio remained in sixth place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind fourth-place Oklahoma City. The Spurs close out a six-game homestand on Friday against Utah, which is 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio in eighth place.


Howard has 32-30, Hornets rally by Nets

NEW YORK (AP) One of Dwight Howard's close friends wasn't too enthused with the center's effort at halftime. So, he sent him a text message to let him know.

It pushed the Charlotte Hornets star to one of the most dominant performances in NBA history.


Davis, Moore lead Pelicans past Pacers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis stood in front of Indiana's bench, holding up his right arm triumphantly as his tough, 15-foot baseline fade went through to give New Orleans a four-point lead with 53 seconds left.

Davis pushed the advantage to six points with his gritty put-back of Holiday's missed free throw with 15 seconds left. Then the 25-year-old, five-time All-Star added two more clutch free throws with 7.6 seconds left.


Korver leaves Cavs after brother's death

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.

The team issued a statement late Tuesday night saying Korver's brother, Kirk, died earlier in the day.


76ers roll by Grizzlies, extend run to 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers are closing in on their first playoff berth since 2012, but they're not satisfied with merely making the postseason. So there was no chance they would take lowly Memphis lightly.

Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Dario Saric each had 15 points to pace all five Philadelphia starters in double-figures, and the 76ers continued their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 119-105 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.


Jokic has 21-7-5 as Nuggets crush Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) It started when Nikola Jokic was introduced with Denver's starting lineup, and the cheering continued throughout the night. There were chants of "Serbia! Serbia!"

Jokic felt right at home in Chicago.


Olynyk's 22-10 help Heat rout Knicks

MIAMI (AP) A big lead was slipping away, so the Miami Heat called upon their best offensive option: The 3-point shot.

Just like that, the rout resumed.


Hawks give rookie Morris multiyear deal

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed rookie guard Jaylen Morris to a multiyear contract.

Morris earned the deal after previously signing two 10-day contracts, the latter on March 11.

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