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  • Basketball-Highlights of Friday's NBA games (Reuters)
    Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Friday: Raptors 113, Lakers 80 Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out seven assists, DeMar DeRozan added 16 points with six assists and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 Friday night to extend their winning streak to five games. The Raptors (13-6) led from the outset as the Lakers (10-11) lost for the second time in three games on a four-game trip that ends Saturday. Spurs 107, Wizards 105 Kawhi Leonard capped his 23-point performance by drilling a game-winning 17-foot jumper with 6.1 seconds...

  • Raptors roll, Hawks stumble into matchup (The Associated Press)
    The Toronto Raptors are hot, the Atlanta Hawks are not. The teams meet Saturday night at Air Canada Centre with the Raptors trying to extend their season-best five-game winning streak and the Hawks attempting to stop a five-game losing streak. The Raptors led all the way Friday night in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 at the ACC and the Hawks lost to the Detroit Pistons 121-85 at Philips Arena.

  • Caldwell-Pope, Harris push Pistons to blowout win over Hawks (The Associated Press)
    Point guard Ish Smith has the Detroit Pistons talking to each other on the court, moving the ball fluidly and getting stops on defense. ''We were just flying around,'' Smith said. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and Detroit beat the reeling Atlanta Hawks 121-85 on Friday night.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring James Harden, a video game made real (Ball Don't Lie)
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.

  • Clippers bounce back with blowout beatdown of LeBron's lifeless Cavs (Ball Don't Lie)
    After seeing their white-hot start to the 2016-17 NBA season stall with three straight losses, capped by a wild Tuesday night defeat that saw them blow an 18-point lead to the Brooklyn Nets, we’ve spent the last week wondering what’s wrong with the Los Angeles Clippers. On Thursday, in a marquee nationally televised matchup against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Doc Rivers’ team offered their answer: not a damn thing. The Clippers waltzed into Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night and smacked the Cavs around, dominating the game in the second and third quarters en route to a...

  • Pistons hope to remain in gear vs. low-flying Hawks (The Associated Press)
    ATLANTA -- The Detroit Pistons hope to finish their turnaround road trip with a third straight win. The slumping Atlanta Hawks are glad to get back home for a game after four straight losses on their western swing.

  • Basketball-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
    Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James earned 2016 Sportsperson of the Year honors from Sports Illustrated after leading Cleveland to its first professional sports championship in 52 years last season. James, 31, helped the Cavaliers erase a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven NBA Finals series with the Golden State Warriors, preserving the comeback victory with his iconic block of Warriors forward Andre Iguodala in Game 7.

  • Andre Drummond fined $15K for elbowing Roy Hibbert in the head (Ball Don't Lie)
    Andre Drummond gave a laugh and a round of applause to the refs who ejected him for elbowing Roy Hibbert in the back of the head on Tuesday night. DET's Andre Drummond fined $15K for striking CHA's Roy Hibbert in the back of the head with an elbow. With just over four minutes remaining in the first half of a nip-and-tuck battle between Drummond’s Detroit Pistons and the Charlotte Hornets, the team Hibbert joined on a one-year deal this summer, the two big men were battling under the basket as Hornets star Kemba Walker lofted a 3-pointer.

  • Cousins, Kings seek 1st win in Boston since 2007 (The Associated Press)
    DeMarcus Cousins will be on the floor at TD Garden Friday night, but it will be for the Sacramento Kings instead of the Boston Celtics. Boston fans have had visions of the enigmatic big man dancing in their heads, hoping the never-ending talk of him coming to Boston as the final piece of the Celtics puzzle becomes reality. Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Cousins, having a terrific season for the 7-11 Kings, did his best to mop the floor and make the game in Philadelphia playable.

  • Hornets try to turn season around against struggling Mavericks (The Associated Press)
    For the Charlotte Hornets, a 10-8 record is respectable but based on recent trends, it is not good enough. Starting with a five-point overtime loss in New Orleans, it has been difficult for the Hornets. The Hornets look to correct some of those negative trends Thursday night when they host the struggling Dallas Mavericks.

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