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TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan isn’t reading too deep into the Toronto Raptors’ blowout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. However, he’s not entirely sure that feeling will go both ways.

The Raptors handled the Cavaliers 133-99 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It was the first matchup of the season between the teams after the Cavaliers swept the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

Despite the absence of starters Kyle Lowry (injury) and Serge Ibaka (suspension), the Raptors controlled the game from beginning to end. The performance could be perceived as a message, and although DeRozan argues it has little meaning in the grand scheme of the season, he believes the Cavaliers are going to have the outcome in mind when the teams meet again on March 21.

“Talking about regular season (games) and playoffs, it’s two different things,” DeRozan said during his post-game scrum. “I’m pretty sure next time we play them they’re going to remember this game. It’s going to be a whole different type of game, and we’ve got to be ready for that. That’s the season. Just like we kept in mind what happened to us in the playoffs.”

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DeRozan credited a strong offensive flow for how the game unfolded. He revealed some concern about the potential “shell shock” of not having starting point guard Lowry in the lineup, but the entire team contributed in his absence. The Raptors bench provided a season-high 76 points, and the team had 31 assists on 53 field goals.

“The guys did a great job, ” said DeRozan, who scored 13 points with eight assists and three rebounds. “We all passed the ball extremely well, we got a lot of great looks, back doors. We were moving the ball. It showed that we all came together and we understood what we had to do.”

The nature of the victory was an encouraging sign for the Raptors, but DeRozan reiterated it’s merely one regular-season game on an 82-game schedule. After an abundance of personnel changes in the offseason and beyond, the version of the Cavaliers who lost on Thursday is different from the team that bounced the Raptors from the playoffs in consecutive years.

Time will tell whether this game was a flash in the pan or if the Raptors will consistently get the better of the Cavaliers this season. DeRozan knows LeBron James and company will be out for vengeance next time around, and he said it’s on the Raptors to be prepared.

“You can never overlook them, underlook them no matter how they play, no matter what the score of a game is,” DeRozan says. “At the end of the day they’ve got their experience to be able to turn it on. They’ve got a guy on their team that understands what it takes. So, really, we can’t feed too much into it. They’re continuing to be themselves, continue to get better, and next time they come around, be prepared.”

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Jan. 11: Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) celebrates

Jan. 11: Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) celebrates with forward Pascal Siakam (43) after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 133-99, at Air Canada Centre.  Nick Turchiaro, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 10: Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) hoists

Jan. 10: Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) hoists a shot over Clippers defender Tyrone Wallace (12) on his way to becoming the second-youngest player in league history to reach 20,000 career points.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 9: The Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell looks to

Jan. 9: The Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell looks to make a pass as the Miami Heat’s defends in the second half at Air Canada Centre. The Heat won the game, 90-89.  Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 8: The Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson is fouled

Jan. 8: The Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson is fouled by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won the game, 109-96.  Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 7: San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills prevents

Jan. 7: San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills prevents the ball from going out of bounds in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner in the first half at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers won the game, 111-110.  Jaime Valdez, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 6: Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) looks to pass

Jan. 6: Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) looks to pass around Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) in Indianapolis. Oladipo returned from a four-game injury absence to lead the Pacers to a 126-86 rout.  Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 5: 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) throws down a

Jan. 5: 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) throws down a two-handed flush over Pistons defender Andre Drummond (0) in Philadelphia. Embiid and the 76ers rolled to a 114-78 rout.  John Geliebter, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 4: Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) looks for space

Jan. 4: Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) looks for space to work on the perimeter against Warriors defender Steph Curry (30) in Houston. Curry and the Warriors won 124-114.  Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 3: Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas didn't play in

Jan. 3: Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas didn’t play in his return to Boston, but he got a warm welcome from the Celtics crowd and former teammates like Marcus Smart.  Maddie Meyer, Getty Images
Jan. 2: Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket against

Jan. 2: Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers. Thomas made his highly anticipated season and Cleveland Cavaliers debut, scoring 17 points in the Cavs’ 127-110 win.  Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 1: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler and

Jan. 1: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler and forward Andrew Wiggins react during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers.  Jeffrey Becker, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 31: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal dunks

Dec. 31: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal dunks the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at Capital One Arena. Beal scored 39 points in the Wizards’ 114-110 win.  Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shimmies

Dec. 30: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shimmies after making a three-pointer against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter at Oracle Arena.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 29: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook

Dec. 29: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks the ball over Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker (7) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 28: Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts

Dec. 28: Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after committing a foul on Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the final seconds of a loss at TD Garden.  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 27: The Sacramento Kings' Vince Carter (15) drives

Dec. 27: The Sacramento Kings’ Vince Carter (15) drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jae Crowder. Carter scored a season-high 24 points in the Kings’ 109-95 win.  Sergio Estrada, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 26: The San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard shoots

Dec. 26: The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard shoots the ball past the Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie (8) and Allen Crabbe (33) during the Spurs’ 109-97 win at AT&T Center.  Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 25: Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr.

Dec. 25: Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. shoots the ball over Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the second half at TD Garden.  Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 23: Brooklyn Nets forward Caris LeVert takes a

Dec. 23: Brooklyn Nets forward Caris LeVert takes a shot and is fouled by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won the game, 123-119.  Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 22: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook

Dec. 22: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers mascot Franklin dunks in a holiday

Dec. 21: The Philadelphia 76ers mascot Franklin dunks in a holiday costume during a break in action against the Toronto Raptors.  Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 20: L.A. Clippers forward Sam Dekker battles with

Dec. 20: L.A. Clippers forward Sam Dekker battles with Phoenix Suns center Alex Len at the basket during the Clippers’ 108-95 win at Staples Center.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 19: Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

Dec. 19: Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates after making a basket during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 18: Kobe Bryant poses with his family on the night

Dec. 18: Kobe Bryant poses with his family on the night his two jerseys, Nos. 8 and 24, were retired by the Lakers.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 17: Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives

Dec. 17: Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives to the basket as Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) tries to defend in the third quarter at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors won the game, 108-93.  Nick Turchiaro, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 16: the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns

Dec. 16: the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns fouls the Phoenix Suns’ TJ Warren in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Suns won the game, 108-106.  Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 15: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol dives for a loose

Dec. 15: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol dives for a loose ball in the second quarter against the Hawks at FedExForum in Memphis.  Nelson Chenault, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 14: Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, defends Cavaliers

Dec. 14: Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, defends Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  David Richard, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 13: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George

Dec. 13: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who were traded for each other in June, greet each other before George’s return to Indiana.  Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 12: Dallas Mavericks fans reacts to a basket by

Dec. 12: Dallas Mavericks fans reacts to a basket by J.J. Barea during the second half of a 95-89 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 11: The Golden State Warriors' David West dunks

Dec. 11: The Golden State Warriors’ David West dunks the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors won the game, 111-104.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 10: Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris makes a pass

Dec. 10: Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris makes a pass against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won the game, 126-116.  Brian Spurlock,USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9: Rockets guard James Harden celebrates after

Dec. 9: Rockets guard James Harden celebrates after Houston’s 124-117 win against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Harden finished with 48 points.  Jaime Valdez, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 8: Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried falls

Dec. 8: Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried falls on top of fans during a game against the Orlando Magic.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 7 -

Dec. 7: Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle celebrate after Ingram hit the game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers.   Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 6: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)

Dec. 6: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won, extending their winning streak to 13 games.  David Richard, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 5: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts

Dec. 5: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter at the Moda Center. Beal scored a career-high 51 points on the night.  Craig Mitchelldyer, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 4: Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) and Charlotte

Dec. 4: Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) and Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) grab for a rebound in the second half at Spectrum Center. The Hornets won the game, 104-94.  Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 3: The Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo is fouled by the

Dec. 3: The Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo is fouled by the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the second half of the Warriors’ 123-95 win at American Airlines Arena.  Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 2: Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41)

Dec. 2: Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) is introduced and runs past a Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper before the game against the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 1: Pacers guard Victor Oladipo throws down a one-handed

Dec. 1: Pacers guard Victor Oladipo throws down a one-handed flush on the break during the first half against the Raptors in Toronto.  Tom Szczerbowski, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 30: Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) moves

Nov. 30: Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the second half at Staples Center. The Jazz won the game, 106-95.  Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 29: Houston Rockets guard James Harden celebrates

Nov. 29: Houston Rockets guard James Harden celebrates after scoring a basket during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers.  Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 28: NBA referee Kane Fitzgerald ejects LeBron

Nov. 28: NBA referee Kane Fitzgerald ejects LeBron James during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 108-97 win over the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena.  David Richard, USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) fouls and

Nov. 27: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) fouls and falls over Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 26: Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8)

Nov. 26: Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) blocks the shot of Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12) during the second half at FedExForum. The Nets won the game, 99-88.  Justin Ford, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 25: Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1)

Nov. 25: Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) reacts after a dunk against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 24: Workers assemble the basketball court at TD

Nov. 24: Workers assemble the basketball court at TD Garden before the start of the Celtics-Magic game in Boston.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 22: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)

Nov. 22: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a dunk during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.  Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 21: The Los Angeles Lakers' Josh Hart moves to

Nov. 21: The Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart moves to the basket against the defense of the Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez during the the Lakers’ 103-94 win at Staples Center.  Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 20: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21)

Nov. 20: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after drawing a technical foul against Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (not pictured) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center.  Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 19: Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dunks

Nov. 19: Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dunks against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Air Canada Centre.  Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 18: Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) blocks

Nov. 18: Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) in the first quarter at Philips Arena.  Jason Getz, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 17: Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) attempts

Nov. 17: Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) attempts to dunk the ball as Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) defends in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 16: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts after

Nov. 16: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts after a play during a 92-88 win over the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 15: New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3)

Nov. 15: New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) celebratesalong with guard Courtney Lee (5)after hitting a three-point shot late in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.  Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 14: Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) fouls

Nov. 14: Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) fouls Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) on a play during the third quarter at Toyota Center. The Raptors won the game, 129-113.  Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23)

Nov. 13: LeBron James and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 12: Rockets guard Chris Paul wasn't in uniform,

Nov. 12: Rockets guard Chris Paul wasn’t in uniform, but that didn’t keep him from arguing his team’s case with an official against the Pacers in Indianapolis.  Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 11: Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35)

Nov. 11: Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) dunks the ball on a lob from center Nikola Jokic (15) in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center.  Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 10: L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots

Nov. 10: L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots a layup against Oklahoma City Thunder center Dakari Johnson (during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 9: Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30)

Nov. 9: Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) dunks the ball as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) looks on in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 8: Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks

Nov. 8: Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the New York Knicks during the second half at Amway Center.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 7: Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons goes for

Nov. 7: Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons goes for the dunk against Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha in the third quarter of a 104-97 win for the 76ers at Vivint Smart Home Arena.  Jeffrey Swinger, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 6: Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) hangs

Nov. 6: Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) hangs from the rim as he celebrates a second half dunk against the Brooklyn Nets.  Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 5: Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) jumps

Nov. 5: Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) jumps over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) for a dunk during the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena.  Scott Galvin, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 4: Kings guard Frank Mason III (10)tries to pass

Nov. 4: Kings guard Frank Mason III (10)tries to pass around Pistons defender Eric Moreland (24) during the first half in Detroit.  Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 3: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks

Nov. 3: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks a shot attempt by Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) during the second quarter in Dallas.  Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 2: Spurs guard Danny Green (14) throws down a

Nov. 2: Spurs guard Danny Green (14) throws down a one-handed flush over Warriors defender Kevin Durant (35) during the first half in San Antonio.  Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 1: LeBron James reacts in the fourth quarter of

Nov. 1: LeBron James reacts in the fourth quarter ofa 124-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  David Richard, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 31: The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

Oct. 31: The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Raymond Felton battle for a loose ball in the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Thunder won the game, 110-91.  Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 30: Spurs guard Brandon Paul blocks a shot attempt

Oct. 30: Spurs guard Brandon Paul blocks a shot attempt by Celtics forward Jaylen Brown during the first half at TD Garden in Boston.  Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 29: Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) reacts

Oct. 29: Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) reacts after hitting a game-winning shot against the San Antonio Spurs.  Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 28: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis

Oct. 28: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates after a dunk against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 27: Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green

Oct. 27: Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) dunks over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3).  Kyle Terada, Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 26: The Bucks returned to the building formerly

Oct. 26: The Bucks returned to the building formerly known as the MECCA for a game against the Celtics.  Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 25L Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James

Oct. 25: Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Barclays Center.  Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 24: Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is

Oct. 24: Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is congratulated by teammates during a game against the New York Knicks.  Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 23: Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) reacts

Oct. 23: Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards.  Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 22: Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) watches

Oct. 22: Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) watches teammates during pre-game warmups.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 21: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

Oct. 21: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies.  Justin Ford, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 20: Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) and

Oct. 20: Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) joke around prior to the game at American Airlines Center.  Andrew Dieb, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 19: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony

Oct. 19: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the New York Knicks.  Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 18: Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates

Oct. 18: Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates after a three-point basket against the Sacramento Kings.  Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 17: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)

Oct. 17: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) hug after the Cavs beat the Celtics 102-99.  Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports

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