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Williams scores 22 as Raptors beat Bucks 124-82

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TORONTO (AP) -- With a visit to Cleveland to face LeBron James coming up on Saturday, Raptors coach Dwane Casey was worried his team might overlook the Milwaukee Bucks....

Blazers rout short-handed Bulls 105-87

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers built a big lead and beat the Chicago Bulls 105-87 on Friday night....

Well-rested Warriors roll past Jazz, 101-88

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Andre Iguodala scored 17 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors used a blistering start to beat the Utah Jazz 101-88 on Friday night for their fourth straight win....

Cavaliers 'in the dark,' fall 91-78 to Wizards

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- LeBron James lost the battle for an offensive rebound and stewed in frustration while everyone else ran downcourt, leaving his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to defend 4-on-5 at the other end while the game was still in the balance in the fourth quarter....

Afflalo, Faried lead Nuggets past Pelicans, 117-97

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DENVER (AP) -- Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo scored 19 points each, Wilson Chandler had 18 and the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-97 on Friday night....

Parker's 28 helps Spurs carve up Wolves 121-92

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs have opened defense of their fifth NBA title in underwhelming fashion. A blowout of the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves did little to convince coach Gregg Popovich that the precision and beauty they played with last year was just around the corner....

Nowitzki, Mavericks roll over Lakers 140-106

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DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points in another efficient shooting effort, and the Dallas Mavericks used the NBA's highest-scoring offense to roll to a 140-106 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night....


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