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101
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95
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90
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Lillard scores 30, Trail Blazers rout Knicks 110-95 (March 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Damian Lillard lead the Blazers in a wire-to-wire 110-95 win over the Knicks.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.

So with the New York Knicks sitting Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, Lillard made sure the Portland Trail Blazers didn't go easy on the guys who did play.

Lillard scored 30 points and the Trail Blazers never trailed in a 110-95 victory.

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Aldridge, Leonard lead Spurs to 97-90 win over Grizzlies (March 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

SAN ANTONIO -- The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight.

The Spurs enjoyed it, especially their defensive-minded coach.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 19 and San Antonio beat Memphis 97-90 on Thursday night in a possible first-round playoff preview.

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Aldridge, Leonard lead Spurs to 97-90 win over Grizzlies (March 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

SAN ANTONIO -- The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight.

The Spurs enjoyed it, especially their defensive-minded coach.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 19 and San Antonio beat Memphis 97-90 on Thursday night in a possible first-round playoff preview.

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Barnes' late basket, steal put Mavs past Clippers, 97-95 (March 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes drives against LA Clippers counterpart Blake Griffin.

DALLAS -- Harrison Barnes thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks.

Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle started a big lineup, with Barnes moving from power forward to small forward.

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DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84 (March 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan.

MIAMI -- Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic.

Trouble brings out their best.

DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points -- doing that back-to-back for the first time in his career -- and the Raptors clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 on Thursday night.

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Nets beat Suns 126-98 for 1st two-game win streak of season (March 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez.

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets finally have a winning streak.

Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 126-98 on Thursday night to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season.

"I think for us, on the outside looking in it's like, `Man, that's pretty sad," guard Jeremy Lin said. "I guess it is. But on the inside, we'll take every step in the right direction, we'll continue to take and appreciate it and be grateful for it. I think what's happening right now is we are raising our standards slowly."

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Meralco Bolts import Alex Stepheson. PBA Images

MANILA — Meralco looks to take the solo lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup when the Bolts clash with the TNT KaTropa at Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

In the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser, NLEX and Mahindra are out to barge into the winning column after both teams suffered 2 straight setbacks.

Meralco is currently tied with idle Alaska atop the standings with 2-0 records, after successive wins by the Bolts over NLEX and Mahindra.

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Matthew Wright and Norbert Torres. Photos from PBA Media Bureau

Phoenix Fuel Masters teammates Matthew Wright and Norbert Torres are happy to be given the chance to play for the Philippines again after first serving the country nearly a decade ago.

Wright and Torres, both raised in Canada, first got a taste of international basketball when they were still teenagers, suiting up for the Nokia-RP youth national team in 2008 coached by Franz Pumaren.

Now that they are pros, the two have the opportunity to do it again as they’ve been named to the newest Gilas Pilipinas pool.

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Kobe’s first foray into March Madness (March 24, 2017)
Percy Della [ Source: Inquirer ]

Kobe Paras. SCREENGRAB FROM KOBE PARAS’ INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

Kobe Paras’ 15 minutes of fame was literally cut to less than two last Saturday in his first foray into March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA basketball tournament in the United States.

The 6-foot-6 Paras and his team, the Creighton University Blue Jays, were upset by the Rhode Island Rams, 84-72, and flamed out of the tournament’s first round.

At Creighton, the number 6 seed in the Midwest Region this season, freshman Paras is a role player.

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TNT import Lou Amundson.

After letting go of Denzel Bowles, TNT is not going to make its Commissioner's Cup debut import-less after all.

The KaTropa have secured the services of former NBA journeyman Lou Amundson who will make his debut Friday as TNT takes on Meralco for its opening game in the mid-season conference.

The PBA's official Twitter account posted that Amundson made the 6'10" height limit for imports after being listed at 6'8" Thursday.

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