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Williams scores 30, Clippers send Suns to 15th straight loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams has a well-earned reputation of providing instant offense off the bench. The Los Angeles Clippers veteran guard did it at a historic level on Wednesday night. Williams scored 30 points and had 10 assists in 22 minutes as the Clippers routed the Phoenix Suns 134-107. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the ...

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Aldridge leads Spurs to 108-107 win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — After a night of successful 3-point shooting for the San Antonio Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge took over inside in the closing minutes. Aldridge scored 22 points, including San Antonio’s final seven, as the Spurs broke a four-game slide with a 108-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Aldridge’s inside baskets to close the game were ...

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Cavaliers’ Love sitting out final game before All-Star break

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sat out Wednesday night’s game against Brooklyn, but plans to increase his playing time following the All-Star break. “I don’t know minutes-wise what it’s going to be like, but a good progression after that because I will be fully prepared to go,” Love said. Love didn’t play the final game before the break ...

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Thomas says hip is mended and he’s nearing Nuggets debut

DENVER (AP) — Isaiah Thomas pronounced his surgically repaired hip as fit as it’s ever going to be. His confidence? Now that’s as healthy as ever with the point guard making his Denver Nuggets debut Wednesday night. “My job is not to fit in. It’s to stand out,” said Thomas, who entered to a standing ovation late in the first ...

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Grizzlies sign forward Bruno Caboclo to multi-year deal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed forward Bruno Caboclo (cuh-BO-clo) to a multi-year contract after having first signing him to consecutive 10-day contracts. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed. The 6-foot-9 Caboclo has started one of his 10 games played for Memphis averaging 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.40 blocks in 21.1 minutes. He ...

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Hayward scores 26, Celtics beat 76ers again 112-109

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Boston Celtics still own the Philadelphia 76ers no matter who is on the court. Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and Boston beat Philadelphia 112-109 on Tuesday night. Al Horford had 23 and Jayson Tatum scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continued their dominance over the ...

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Hayward leads Celtics to 3rd straight win over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 on Tuesday night. Al Horford had 23 points and Jayson Tatum scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continued their dominance over the Sixers. Playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who sprained ...

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Curry heats up late, Warriors roll past Jazz 115-108

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State wasn’t as crisp offensively as it usually is, and the two-time defending NBA champs certainly know they’ll need to get better coming out of the All-Star break. Some heady defense early and late, along with some timely perimeter scoring from Stephen Curry helped make up for it. Curry made a pair of pivotal 3-pointers ...

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Step-back 3 NBA’s new weapon, though not a shot for everyone

James Harden turned to it to become the NBA’s most unstoppable scorer. Luka Doncic has ridden it to stardom on both sides of the Atlantic. The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before. ...

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Jokic, Beasley lead Nuggets past Heat 103-87

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets halted a three-game skid by turning up their defense and turning things over to their deep guard rotation which will only get deeper when Gary Harris and Isaiah Thomas return to action after the All-Star break. “We were tired of losing, three in a row, and coach wasn’t too happy about it,” said Monte ...

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