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6 Takeaways from Sunday Afternoon's NBA Action
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

There was some kind of Super Bowl thing happening during the evening, so the NBA decided to be nice to the NFL and let them get a few viewers by scheduling just three games on Sunday afternoon. And they all ended up having some sort of intrigue.

While the Toronto Raptors were doing their best to hang with the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics continued on their quests to keep their playoff hopes alive despite huge losses from injuries.

The Lakers continued on their comeback trail with an important win over the Detroit Pistons (although Los Angeles tried everything in its power to give the game away near the end).

Meanwhile, the Celtics took a long, hard look at the teams behind them in the playoff race and made it known that a silly little torn ACL to their star point guard followed by season-ending back surgery for one of their most important bench players wasn't going to slow them down.

And the Raptors-Heat contest may have ended up a bit lopsided, but it was a much more interesting game than the final score indicated.

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