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LeBron's double-double downs the Raptors; Bulls trounce Blazers; Hawks win 5th straight

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Raptors (7-3) 117, Cavaliers (9-1) 121

LeBron James (28p/9r/14a) shot 66.7% (10-15) from the field to lead the Cavaliers to victory in a highly competitive repeat of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Love's (19/13/1) and Tristan Thompson's (15/11/0) rebounding was invaluable while Kyrie Irving (25/5/4) and Channing Frye (21/3/1) made all the difference in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Lowry (28/5/9) shot 4-8 from three as the Raptors held a tight lead midway through the final quarter. DeMar DeRozan (26/6/4) had only his second sub-30 point game of the season. Terrence Ross (18/3/0) shot 4-7 from deep off the bench.

Hawks (8-2) 93, Heat (2-8) 90

The Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game in this battle of the centers. Dwight Howard (11/11/1) had his eighth double-double. Dennis Schroder (18/1/4) led the team in scoring as Paul Millsap (15/6/4), Kent Bazemore (12/3/1), Tim Hardaway Jr. (15/2/1) and Mike Muscala (14/5/4) all made valuable contributions.

Hassan Whiteside (19/25/2) levelled his career-high in rebounding with another dominant performance down low. Josh Richardson (19/4/2) had a strong night, as did Tyler Johnson (14/2/2). Dion Waiters (11/1/2) missed a long three to send the game to OT.

Hornets (7-3) 115, Timberwolves (3-7) 108

Kemba Walker's (30/5/6) third 30+ point game of the season continued the Charlotte Hornets' promising campaign. His 5 steals were more than the whole Timberwolves roster combined. Frank Kaminsky (20/4/5) had a season-high and Nicolas Batum (16/5/7) was 80% from three.

Andrew Wiggins (29/2/3) continued his high-scoring start as he shot 41.7% (10-24) from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns (21/8/4) was just 30% (3-10) from deep. Minnesota had 18 turnovers on the night.

Bulls (7-4) 113, Trail Blazers (7-5) 88

Jimmy Butler (27/12/5), Taj Gibson (12/11/0) and Robin Lopez (13/11/1) all had double-doubles as the Bulls cruised past the Blazers. Dwyane Wade (19/5/5) also put in a strong performance as Jerian Grant (18/3/2) started at the point - picking up 5 steals - in the absence of Rajon Rondo.

Damian Lillard (19/5/4) and CJ McCollum (17/4/4) shot 1-5 and 3-6 from downtown respectively as the Blazers went 9-34 as a team. Allen Crabbe (15/4/0) was the only other player in double figures on a poor night for Portland.

Nets (4-7) 118, Lakers (7-5) 125

Julius Randle (17/14/10) had his second career triple-double as the Lakers won their fourth home game. D'Angelo Russell (32/8/4) had a season-high. Timofey Mozgov (20/6/1) and Tarik Black (12/9/1) made their presence felt as Lou Williams (6/2/1) had an unusually quiet night.

Brook Lopez (30/10/3) shot 11 threes, making four of them. Trevor Booker (11/10/3) had a double-double and Bojan Bogdanovic (29/3/1) had a big scoring night, shooting 11-18 from the field.

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