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Turner leads 76ers past Cavs; Raptors pull away from slumping Pistons

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Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner, right, looks for help after grabbing a loose ball under pressure from the Cavaliers' Chris Quinn. Turner scored 23 points. Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner, right, looks for help after grabbing a loose ball under pressure from the Cavaliers' Chris Quinn. Turner scored 23 points.
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CLEVELAND — Evan Turner scored 23 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Cleveland 97-87 on Friday night, sending the Cavaliers to their season-high seventh straight loss.

Jrue Holiday had 20 points, and Thaddeus Young added 18 for the Sixers, who are 2-16 on the road since Jan. 2. Philadelphia used a 20-2 run that began late in the second quarter and extended into the third to take control of the game. Turner, who had three points at halftime, scored 13 in the first seven minutes of the third quarter.

C.J. Miles scored 19 points for Cleveland, which had lost six in a row on two previous occasions. The Cavaliers played again without their starting backcourt of Kyrie Irving (bruised shoulder) and Dion Waiters (sore knee). Irving has missed eight straight games, while Waiters has been out the last four.

Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers.

Cleveland trailed 77-66 after three quarters, but cut the margin to 78-74 early in the fourth. Turner hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to push the lead back to nine. Holiday added two 3-pointers and scored in the lane to keep the Sixers comfortably ahead.

Tyler Zeller scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds for Cleveland.

■ AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece, and the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

The Raptors led 46-45 at the break and took control by outscoring Detroit 23-5 in the first eight minutes of the third period. Gay, who had just two points at halftime, scored 19 points during the third.

Amir Johnson added 20 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Jonas Jerebko scored 20 points to lead the Pistons, who also got 17 from rookie Andre Drummond in their eighth straight home loss.

Drummond, who missed 22 games with a stress fracture in his lower back, made his first career start.



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