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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (right) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill (27) and Metta World Peace in the fourth quarter Tuesday, in Cleveland. Irving scored 28 points in the Cavaliers 100-94 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving celebrates after making a 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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.