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Raptors fall to Bulls

CHICAGO—Tony Snell has no idea when he might play these days, so he prepares as if he’s still a part of the Chicago Bulls’ rotation.

Snell and Pau Gasol each had 22 points, and Derrick Rose added 20, as the Bulls pulled away late for a 104-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors last night.

“I’m staying ready every day,” Snell said. “I make sure I’m staying ready at all times.”

Celtics top T’wolves

BOSTON—The fans showered former Celtic Kevin Garnett with chants while Boston rained key three-pointers on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points and Jae Crowder had 18 as the Celtics beat Minnesota 113-99 last night while the crowd begged to see Garnett.

“Three-point shooting is probably the next most contagious thing to the ’flu,” Olynyk joked.

Late Saints’ rally comes up short

NEW ORLEANS—For all the arm talent Matthew Stafford has displayed in his seven NFL seasons, it was his efficiency and decision-making that sparked the Detroit Lions to a big lead and helped prevent them from squandering it.

Stafford completed 22-of-25 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions held off a late surge by New Orleans to defeat the Saints 35-27 last night.

’Hawks edge Sharks

CHICAGO—A wild start was followed by a quiet lull and then a big finish from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Toews scored at 2:21 of overtime, and Kane had a goal and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 last night to put a splashy bow on a successful weekend.

Toews skated in with Kane for a 2-on-1 and tipped home a nice pass for his 11th goal.

Rams hold off Bucs

ST. LOUIS—Rams’ players saw the signs, heard the chanting, noticed the volume was turned up.

The effort was inspired on what could have been the final home game for the franchise in St. Louis.

“It was a great atmosphere,” quarterback Case Keenum said after the Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 last night.