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New-look Cavs handle Celtics

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CAVALIERS 121, CELTICS 99

BOSTON -- LeBron James led the new-look Cavaliers to a blowout in Boston with an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday.

With former Celtics great Paul Pierce waiting to see his No. 34 raised to the Boston Garden rafters, James shook off a first-quarter leg injury to score 24 points with 10 assists and 8 rebounds to give Cleveland a 121-99 victory on Sunday.

In their first appearances since being acquired at the trade deadline, Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points, Rodney Hood had 15, George Hill had 12 and Larry Nance Jr. scored five. The foursome practiced with the Cavs for the first time on Saturday.

Terry Rozier scored 21 with 9 assists and Kyrie Irving scored 18 against his former team before sitting out the fourth quarter.

In other NBA games Sunday,Dewayne Dedmon gave Atlanta the lead with a three-point play and then padded the margin with a three-pointer, lifting the Hawks to a 118-115 victory over Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons. Dedmon matched his career high with 20 points and had 13 rebounds. ... DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and 8 assists and C.J. Miles had 24 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-103. Six players scored in double figures for the Raptors, who won their fifth consecutive game and improved to 39-16. ... Victor Oladipo had 30 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 121-113. Bojan Bogdanovic made four three-pointers and finished with 20 points and Thaddeus Young added 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the Pacers. ... James Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Houston Rockets easily handled the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 104-97. The Rockets have won eight consecutive and 12 of 13. ... Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points, Jeff Teague added 12 points and 10 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame an uncharacteristic sloppy performance at home to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-106. Minnesota had 17 turnovers and allowed Sacramento 22 second-chance points, but prevailed after back-to-back road losses. Jimmy Butler scored 18 points, 15 in the second half, for the Timberwolves in their 13th consecutive home victory. ... Paul George scored 33 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 110-92 without fellow stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. The All-Star forward carried more of the load than usual with Westbrook and Anthony sidelined. Westbrook missed the game with a sprained left ankle and Carmelo Anthony sat out with a sprained right ankle. George responded by making 10 of 24 shots and adding eight assists. Alex Abrines scored 16 points and Raymond Felton, Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson each added 14 for the Thunder.

Sports on 02/12/2018

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