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Conference leaders Raptors, Nuggets meet

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Sunday night's marquee matchup in the NBA features the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conference.

No, it's not Boston vs. Golden State, as many would expect. Instead, Toronto and Denver lead their respective conferences a third of the way through the season.

The Raptors (23-8) come into Sunday's matchup in Denver banged up, but they have company. The Nuggets are missing three starters from opening night but have been able to push through for their best start in decades.

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James, Ball have triple-doubles in rout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Luke Walton was surprised to hear that LeBron James and Lonzo Ball were only the second Lakers teammates to record a triple-double in the same game.

"I know it's not easy. There have been a lot of good players in Lakers history and I figured Walton and Kobe (Bryant) would have done it a few times," joked Walton, a former small forward with the Lakers.

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Harden has 2nd straight triple-double

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) James Harden may be getting on a roll, notching his second straight triple-double to help the Houston Rockets grab their third consecutive win.

Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets weathered a fourth-quarter burst to beat the Grizzlies 105-97 on Saturday night.

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Bulls rally from 21 down to stun Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs 98-93 on Saturday night.

The rally snapped Chicago's three-game skid and ended San Antonio's four-game winning streak.

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Pistons end Celtics' 8-game win streak

DETROIT (AP) Jayson Tatum leaped toward the basket and Andre Drummond met him there, blocking the Boston forward's attempt at a one-handed dunk.

It was a fitting conclusion to an impressive second half of defense by the Detroit Pistons.

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George scores 33 to lift OKC over Clips

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers' traps and double-teams useless.

Oklahoma City's forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night.

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Wizards acquire F Ariza from Suns

WASHINGTON (AP) After a three-way trade fell apart over mistaken identity, the Wizards are getting Trevor Ariza after all.

Washington agreed in principle Saturday to acquire Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by either team.

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Booker has 28 in return, Suns top Wolves

PHOENIX (AP) Victories are rare for the Phoenix Suns. Winning streaks seem downright historic.

Devin Booker returned from a six-game absence to score 28 points and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99 on Saturday night, giving the Suns consecutive wins for the first time in almost a year.

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Magic rally by Jazz, sweep Mexico series

MEXICO CITY (AP) Evan Fournier scored 24 points, Terrence Ross came off the bench to add 10 of his 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Orlando Magic rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 96-89 on Saturday and sweep their two-game homestand in Mexico City.

Ross shot 8 of 9 from the field and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for the Magic (13-15), who beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday.

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Giannis' 44 lift short-handed Bucks

CLEVELAND (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo played as if he had a point to prove.

The Milwaukee star rebounded from his worst game of the season to match his career high with 44 points and the Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-102 on Friday night despite missing two starters.

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