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Struggling Raptors set to visit Clippers

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The top team in the NBA will take the court in Los Angeles on Tuesday with a fresh videotape on how to slow down one of the highest-scoring teams in the west.

The Toronto Raptors will gladly take it as their matchup against the Clippers will come following back-to-back defeats, as well as at the start of a four-game West Coast swing. The only other time the Raptors lost consecutive games this season was a three-game slide in mid-November.

The Clippers will be coming off a grueling 123-119 overtime victory at Phoenix against the lowly Suns on Monday, but taking the floor did allow them the chance to distance themselves a bit from a demoralizing defeat to the Miami Heat on Saturday. It is that game against the Heat that might interest the Raptors most.


Cavaliers F Thompson could miss 1 month

CLEVELAND (AP) Tristan Thompson's strong season has stalled.

Cleveland's starting center could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night's 108-92 loss at Milwaukee. Thompson has been playing at an All-Star level and has been one of the few bright spots for the struggling Cavaliers, who are 6-21 and already missing star forward Kevin Love.


Lakers win final James-Wade meeting

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James hit his first free throw to put the Lakers up by two. Dwyane Wade sidled up to him before the second shot.

"Bro, just miss it so I can shoot the game-winner," Wade said in the waning seconds of their last game together. "Me and you. One on one. Just let me shoot it and go for it."


Curry's 38 lift Warriors in Green return

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr long ago ran out of superlatives to describe Stephen Curry.

The Warriors coach isn't even trying anymore, not with the way his All-Star point guard is playing since coming back from a groin injury.


George scores 31 as Thunder roll by Jazz

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George heard the "MVP! MVP!" chants from the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and while the Oklahoma City star appreciated them, he was happier the Thunder had just beaten the foe that ended their season last spring.

George went 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 31 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 122-113 on Monday night.


Morris gets depleted Celtics by Pelicans

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving's shoulder wasn't sore enough to keep him from cheering for Marcus Morris Sr. when he hit three 3-pointers to start the second half and propel Boston to a double-digit lead.

Al Horford's injured knee didn't keep him from leaping to his feet when Jayson Tatum drove past Anthony Davis for a dunk.


Embiid powers 76ers past reeling Pistons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid hasn't been feeling like himself for a while and felt sick a day earlier.

Nothing like playing the Pistons to help him snap out of it.


Jokic, Morris carry Nuggets past Memphis

DENVER (AP) Little surprise, Nikola Jokic had another big game.

Pleasant surprise, Monte Morris found a groove.


Mavs rip Magic, extend run to 10 at home

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks were again talking about a great performance by a rookie.

This time it wasn't Luka Doncic.


Turner helps Pacers escape Wizards' run

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Myles Turner held his ground Monday night.

And with one quick swat of the basketball, he saved the Indiana Pacers.

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