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NBA: Cavs nip Raptors in tense matchup

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James had 28 points and 14 assists, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 121-117 on Tuesday night to match the best start in franchise history after 10 games.

It was another tense matchup between the teams who met in last season’s Eastern Conference finals and could get there again.

Channing Frye’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 59 seconds left put the Cavs up by one. Cleveland then buckled down on defense, holding the Raptors scoreless until letting Kyle Lowry make a layup with 2.8 seconds left.

Kevin Love added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavs, who are 9-1 for the first time since 1976-77.

HAWKS 93, HEAT 90
Dennis Schroder scored 18 points, Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 15 and Atlanta pushed its winning streak to five games by beating reeling Miami.

Mike Muscala scored 14 and Kent Bazemore added 12 for the Hawks. Dwight Howard had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, before leaving with 3:06 left in the third quarter with a bruised left thigh.

HORNETS 115, TIMBERWOLVES 108
Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Charlotte blitzed Minnesota in the third quarter.

BULLS 113, TRAIL BLAZERS 88
Jimmy Butler had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago opened a six-game road trip with a victory over Portland.

Dwyane Wade had 19 points for Chicago, which extended its modest winning streak to three games. Former Blazers center Robin Lopez added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

LAKERS 125, NETS 118
D’Angelo Russell scored 32 points and Julius Randle added 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double in surprising Los Angeles’ victory over Brooklyn.

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