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Defending champion Toronto Raptors trip Philadelphia 76ers

Miami, United States – The reigning champion Toronto Raptors grabbed a 125-121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, with Stanley Johnson making the go-ahead basket with less than five seconds to play Wednesday (Thursday Philippine time).

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. AFP
Assistant coach Adrian Griffin, standing in for Raptors coach Nick Nurse, got the win as the Raptors improved to 6-1 in the NBA's season restart in a quarantine "bubble" in Orlando, Florida.

Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher scored 19 points each for the Raptors.

Tobias Harris scored 22 points to lead the 76ers, who got a scare when star center Joel Embiid, back after missing a game with a left ankle injury, took a blow on his right wrist in the first quarter.

Embiid didn't return in the second half, but the Sixers said X-rays on his wrist were negative.

Clippers rally past Nuggets

The Los Angeles Clippers locked up the Western Conference second seed and a first-round playoff clash with Dallas with a 124-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers out-scored Denver 40-34 in the third quarter, powering past a Nuggets team who opted to rest starters Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. in the fourth period.

Paul George led the Clippers with a game-high 27 points, his sixth straight game of 20 or more.

Kawhi Leonard added 26 – his 11th straight game with at least 20 points.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, still waiting to learn if guards Patrick Beverly and Landry Shamet will be back from injury when the playoffs begin, wasn't getting too excited about securing the second seed in the West behind the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It doesn't mean a lot," Rivers said. "With the injuries that we've had this year and all the other stuff, for us being the two seed says we're pretty good. Everyone's done a hell of a job to keep this thing going.

"Now let's hope we can get healthy and hopefully go from there."

With their playoff matchup confirmed before they took the court, the Heat gave starters plenty of rest in a 116-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"That does create a little more of clarity of how we'll operate going forward," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We still want to work on getting ready for the playoffs."

Duncan Robinson scored 19 points in the first half, Bam Adebayo added six and Jimmy Butler notched seven before all were held out of the second half.

Heat rookie Tyler Herro scored a season-high 30 points, but Oklahoma City's Mike Muscala drained a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds as the Thunder erased a 22-point deficit to seize the win.

Darius Bazley scored 21 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 for Oklahoma City, who out-scored the Heat 34-15 in the final quarter. 

Topics: Toronto Raptors , Philadelphia 76ers , Stanley Johnson , Nick Nurse , Joel Embiid , Los Angeles Clippers , Denver Nuggets , Miami Heat , Oklahoma City Thunder
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