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Bruins edge Jets in shootout

BOSTON—Tuukka Rask's wire-to-wire dominance helped to ensure Charlie McAvoy's 20th birthday had a happy ending.

Rask was nearly impenetrable over 65 minutes before McAvoy scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Bruins edged the Jets 2-1 last night.

“A cherry on top of a great effort by our team,” McAvoy said after he improved to 2-for-2 lifetime in shootouts.

Raptors nab win after sluggish start

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The streaking Toronto Raptors more or less had their fourth-straight win locked up by halftime.

And that was before DeMar DeRozan got hot.

DeRozan scored 18 of his 28 points after halftime as the Raptors overcame a slow start to beat the Charlotte Hornets 129-111 last night.

Toronto has won 10-of-11 and is in third place in the Eastern Conference.

Lakers' opt to retire both Kobe jerseys

LOS ANGELES—Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers' jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.

“I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said with a sly grin.

“But 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever have and that's the ability to grow hair.”