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DeRozan has 43, Raptors rally by Celtics

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TORONTO (AP) New talent helped the Toronto Raptors, though a familiar face pushed them over the finish line.

Fresh off starting in last weekend's All-Star Game, and with Kyle Lowry out with a right wrist injury, DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points to lead Toronto back from a 17-point deficit to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

The absence of his fellow All-Star brought on a change in mindset for DeRozan, who shot 15 of 28 from the floor in surpassing the 42 points he had against Houston on March 30, 2015.

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Spurs best Clippers, spoil Paul's return

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points despite foul trouble and the San Antonio Spurs shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.

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Lowry out indefinitely with wrist injury

TORONTO (AP) Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has a right wrist injury that could sideline him for an extended period.

Coach Dwane Casey announced before the game against the Boston Celtics on Friday night that the All-Star guard would miss the contest after having X-rays and would have further evaluation over the weekend.

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76ers' Simmons won't debut this season

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Ben Simmons won't make his NBA debut this season.

His surgically repaired right foot hasn't healed sufficiently for the No. 1 overall pick to play in the final 26 games, the team said Friday.

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Cavs' Love expected back for playoffs

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love expects to be ready for the NBA playoffs in April after "very minor" knee surgery.

Doctors removed "loose bodies" from his left knee Feb. 14 and have told the All-Star he will need six weeks to recover. Love expects to have the stitches taken out this weekend, and he believes he's on schedule to return in late March.

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Westbrook has 17-18-17 in rout of Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately.

Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night.

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Beal nets 40 but Wizards fall to Sixers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Richaun Holmes was the forgotten big man until now.

Holmes had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to help the depleted Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 120-112 on Friday night.

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Heat handle Hawks, continue playoff push

ATLANTA (AP) Tyler Johnson looked past his team-leading points on a stat sheet which told the story of Miami's productive night.

Johnson scored 23 points and the resurgent Heat helped add new life to their playoff hopes by beating the Atlanta Hawks 108-90 on Friday night.

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Jazz dominate inside to cool off Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) A thunderous dunk by Gordon Hayward seemed to wake the Utah Jazz out of an early slumber.

Hayward drove the baseline around fellow All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo for the momentum-changing bucket with 8:07 left in the first quarter that snapped an 11-3 run by the Milwaukee Bucks to start the game on Friday night.

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Wade helps Bulls edge Suns in OT

CHICAGO (AP) To Dwyane Wade, it felt like an otherworldly experience.

There he was showing some of his old explosiveness as he drove past Eric Bledsoe for a thunderous right-handed dunk over a rotating Alex Len, an emphatic exclamation mark on a wild overtime victory for the Chicago Bulls.

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