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Lowry to have surgery, playoffs possible

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NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Lowry hoped the pain in his right wrist would go away so he could join the new-look Toronto Raptors on the court.

Now the goal is just to get back with them before the playoffs.

The All-Star guard will have surgery Tuesday to remove loose bodies from his wrist, and the Raptors say they hope he can return for the postseason.

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James has 24 in return, Cavs top Bucks

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James returned from sickness, and the Cavaliers felt a whole lot better.

Still not quite himself, James came back after missing one game with strep throat and scored 24 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and Cleveland capped a solid February with a 102-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

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DeRozan has late hoop, 37 as Raptors win

NEW YORK (AP) Plenty of DeMar DeRozan and plenty of defense.

That's how it will have to be for the Toronto Raptors without Kyle Lowry.

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Pacers rally from 17 down, beat Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) When the Indiana Pacers got into a big hole early Monday night, no one panicked.

Jeff Teague scored 25 points to help the Pacers overcome a huge first-half deficit before withstanding a late rally to beat the Houston Rockets 117-108.

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Curry scores 29, Mavericks cool off Heat

DALLAS (AP) Seth Curry signaled for a three-point play when he was knocked down after making a jumper to give Dallas its first lead.

The younger sibling of Golden State's Stephen Curry didn't need any gestures - but still provided them along with some shouts to the crowd - on two long 3-pointers in the second half, the latter putting the Mavericks ahead for good in the final two minutes.

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Warriors beat 76ers despite cold Curry

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Stephen Curry is surrounded by stars with the Golden State Warriors. He's never needed them more than Monday night.

Kevin Durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the Warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of Curry's career in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

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Hawks pull out chippy win in Boston

BOSTON (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer knew that stopping the Boston Celtics hinged on making things hard for Isaiah Thomas.

They did, and it helped end their longest losing streak in two months.

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Towns, Wiggins lead Wolves past Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) With Minnesota's slow start to the season a distant memory, Andrew Wiggins firmly believes the Timberwolves are ready to make an anticipated push back into playoff contention.

With only 22 games left in the regular season, they better be.

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Lakers waive veteran G Calderon

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Jose Calderon.

The native of Spain played just 24 games with the Lakers this season after being traded to the organization from the Bulls in July.

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Embiid out indefinitely due to hurt knee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers say center Joel Embiid is out indefinitely with a left knee injury.

The team updated Embiid's status Monday after he experienced swelling and soreness following recent training sessions.

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