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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (right) knocks the ball out of the hands of Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao during the second half Wednesday, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 97-96. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee (right) goes to the basket past Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko (33) during the second half Wednesday, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 97-96. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
TORONTO: When Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined together with the Miami Heat six years ago, they left behind two franchises that disintegrated into irrelevance. Without their franchise pillars, both the Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors became also-rans. They took far different paths to get here, but both teams have returned to the top of the Eastern Conference.