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Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert, right, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves' Shabazz Muhammad (AP).

JR Smith takes off as Cleveland beat Minnesota

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Cleveland Cavaliers made it six straight NBA victories as JR Smith's season-best performance inspired a 125-99 win over Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smith threw 27 points, with Kevin Love adding 20, as the Timberwolves had no answer to the Central Conference leaders.

Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins was the top scorer in the match with 35 but their losing streak extends to five, with nine losses from the last 10.

Toronto Raptors made it six successive wins with a 97-88 success over Washington Wizards.

DeMar DeRozan threw in a season's best points haul of 35 to help the Raptors gain some revenge for last campaign's play-off misery.

It was five of the best for Golden State Warriors as they were too good for Portland Trail Blazers, winning 128-108.

Reigning league MVP Stephen Curry continued his comeback from shin injury, notching 26 points and nine assists in three quarters before sitting our the final 20 minutes.

Damian Lillard scored 40 points for the Trail Blazers but his season-best effort was in vain.

San Antonio Spurs' dominance on their home court continued with a franchise record 22nd win, courtesy of a thrilling 100-99 win over New York Knicks.

Khris Middleton produced a layup in the final 10 seconds to give Milwaukee Bucks a 96-95 win over Dallas Mavericks while Orlando Magic's 83-77 win made it nine straight home defeats for Brooklyn Nets.

Memphis Grizzlies beat Denver Nuggest 91-84, Indianapolis Pacers saw off New Orleans Pelicans 91-86, Miami Heat were 103-95 victors over Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma Thunder got the better LA Lakers 117-113.

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