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Raptors win 110-93 as Cavs' skid hits 4

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CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has a blunt assessment for where the Cavaliers stand after 12 games.

"We're a very fragile team right now, we were a fragile team from the beginning," James said after Cleveland squandered an early 18-point lead and lost 110-93 to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday for its fourth straight loss. "Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up."

The Cavaliers, considered the league's best team when the season began, have been hit with plenty of adversity. Cleveland is 5-7 and there is already talk of the team playing in the dark and the players having bad body language. The Cavaliers have a day off to think about their issues before hosting Orlando on Monday.


Davis' career-high 43 power Pelicans

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Anthony Davis wanted to come out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans end their road swing with a win. He got off to a fast start and kept it going.

Davis had a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 19 points and eight assists, and the Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz 106-94 on Saturday night. Davis shot 16 for 23 from the field to help the Pelicans earn a split of their four-game western road trip.


Harden rallies Rockets by Mavericks late

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden has starred on offense since joining the Houston Rockets. After some intense criticism in the offseason, he's now stepped things up on defense, too.

Harden scored 32 points, including five down the stretch, to help the Rockets rally for a 95-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. And, more importantly to Harden, he had a key steal late to help in the win.


Pierce, Wall lead Wizards over Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman is watching his team grow up and become a contender.

One night after knocking off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wizards rallied behind John Wall and Paul Pierce, after falling behind by 15 points in the first half, to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100.


Suns now 4-0 on road trip, beat Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) If you ask the Phoenix Suns about their promising start to the NBA season, coach Jeff Hornacek is optimistic while the players are focused on the long-term goal of getting back to the playoffs.

After making a late-season playoff push last spring, the Phoenix Suns have picked up where they left off and are blazing their way through their first extended road trip of the season.


Knicks win 91-83, drop 76ers to 0-13

NEW YORK (AP) Even with a winless team coming to Madison Square Garden, there was no chance of the New York Knicks being overconfident.

"For us, right now, it's not like we were playing great," point guard Jose Calderon said.


Bosh scores 14 of 32 in 4th to lift Heat

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic acknowledged they had no answer for Chris Bosh on Saturday night, and it cost them in a 99-92 loss to the Miami Heat.

Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat (7-6) beat their intrastate rivals for the 10th straight time.


Cousins has 31 and 18, Kings top Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Sacramento Kings were facing an opponent missing four starters and playing on the second night of a back-to-back - a scenario that scared the daylights out of coach Mike Malone.

His young Kings are just getting the taste of success, and the coach worried about a let-down. DeMarcus Cousins wouldn't allow that to happen.


Spurs lead wire-to-wire, ease by Nets

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs sense they are finally beginning to execute with some of the fluidity and efficiency that led to their fifth NBA championship last season.

Tim Duncan has never stopped playing at that level.


Timberwolves G Martin out indefinitely

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Martin's 37-point effort against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night just got even more impressive.

Martin played the final three and a half quarters of that game with a fractured wrist on his shooting hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday hours before hosting San Antonio. He is out indefinitely.

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