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NBA Report / News and notes

Monday's best games

Toronto 104, Cleveland 96: Rookie Kyrie Irving scored six points and hardly played like the No. 1 overall pick as the Raptors spoiled the Cavaliers' guard's NBA debut. Irving finished just 2 of 11 from the field -- he made a meaningless three-pointer in the final minutes -- with seven assists.

Orlando 104, Houston 95: Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points to lead five Magic players in double figures as Orlando earned its first victory of the season. Orlando got 13 points from Turkoglu and eight points from J.J. Redick in the fourth quarter.

New Jersey 90, Washington 84: Apparently, Washington Wizards fans are keeping up with the Kardashians. They loudly booed Nets forward Kris Humphries -- whose 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian was chronicled on reality TV -- during introductions and whenever he touched the ball. He touched the ball a lot, scoring 21 points and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds.


Around the rim

Ratings strong: The five Christmas games Sunday attracted large TV audiences, with the Bulls-Lakers matchup drawing the third-highest preliminary rating for a regular-season game on ABC. The 6.5 overnight rating trailed only a 7.3 for last year's highly anticipated Heat-Lakers showdown and a 7.9 for another meeting between Miami and L.A. in 2004.

Chris Paul's Clippers debut in the nightcap against the Warriors earned a 2.3 overnight, up 77 percent over last year's Portland-Golden State telecast. It was ESPN's highest-rated Christmas prime-time game. Paul had 20 points and nine assists and Blake Griffin added 22 points and seven rebounds and the Clippers beat the Warriors, 105-86.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.