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March 12, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love provided a double-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers pounded the Toronto Raptors, 126-101. Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds as one of six Cleveland players to score in double figures. Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for the Cavs, who dropped the Raptors 2 ½ games behind the Bucks for the Eastern Conference lead.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets coasted to their ninth consecutive win as James Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon added 22 in a 118-106 decision over Charlotte. Gordon had another strong outing, making five 3-pointers for the third straight game and the fourth in five games. Houston earned its season-high ninth straight win despite a big performance by Kemba Walker, who finished with 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Charlotte.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — No. 20 Wofford has earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southern Conference tourney, 70-58 over UNC Greensboro. Fletcher Magee was named the tournament MVP after scoring 20 points to help the Terriers finish 21-0 against conference foes this season. Nathan Hoover scored all 20 of his points in the second half, and Cameron Jackson finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for Wofford.

TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette each scored twice to highlight the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-2 rout of the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) assisted on the game’s first goal for his league-best 111th point of the season. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 26 saves to improve to 12-1-2 over his last 15 starts. Tampa Bay is 53-13-4 and three away from tying the franchise record of 113 points.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are back atop the Western Conference after Martin Jones turned back 24 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild. Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who are one point ahead of Calgary following their fifth straight victory. Couture scored on a penalty shot midway through the third as San Jose kept Minnesota one point ahead of Arizona for the last playoff berth in the Western Conference.