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Kent State University head coach Darrell Hazell buckles to the ground after Northern Illinois scored in the first overtime in the Mid American Conference Championship Game Friday at Ford Field in Detroit. The Flashes lost the game 44-37.(Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
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.