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NBA trends: Raptors only two games behind Cavaliers in East

NBA trends: Raptors only two games behind Cavaliers in East

Here's what's trending around the NBA:

Raptors show they're a contender

With the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers atop their respective conferences, the NBA Finals may prove to be a rematch of last year's six-game series — but the Toronto Raptors are making their case as contender in the East. On Friday night, All-Star guard Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points, making the game-winning jumper with 3.9 seconds left on the clock to beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers 99-97.

The Raptors (39-18) and Cavaliers (41-16) have completed their regular-season series. In each meeting, the home team won,...

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