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76ers beat Cavs, end 11-game skid against Cleveland

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POSTED March 2, 2018 12:32 a.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Joel Embiid had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers delivered an in-person sales pitch to LeBron James by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on Thursday night to end an 11-game losing streak against the Eastern Conference champions.

Ben Simmons scored 18 and Dario Saric 16, including a critical 3-pointer in the closing minutes, for the rising Sixers, who are 8-2 since Feb. 6.

LAKERS 131,

HEAT 113

MIAMI (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Julius Randle added 25 and Los Angeles continued its surge by topping Miami.

Brandon Ingram added 19, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 and Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 for the Lakers, who won in Miami for the first time since Feb. 10, 2008. The Lakers shot 59 percent and were 16 of 29 from 3-point range.

It was the most points allowed by the Heat this season.

TRAIL BLAZERS 109, TIMBERWOLVES 99

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 35 points after a slow start and Portland rallied to beat Minnesota for its season-high fifth straight win.

CJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 for Portland, which improved to 36-26. It was the first time Portland was 10 games over .500 since the end of the 2014-15 season.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight in the Moda Center.

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