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Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Brown, Irving help Celtics rally for 92-88 win over Warriors
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog. Boston's second-year forward was not even thinking about basketball after learning about the sudden death of his childhood best friend, Trevin Steede, on Wednesday night... Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88 on Thursday night for their 14th straight victory... Kevin Durant had 24 points for Golden State.

Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- James Harden had 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter while the Houston Rockets scored 90 points in the first half en route to a 142-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Houston dominated with Chris Paul back in the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury. The Rockets made 61 percent of their first-half shots to match the second-most points in a first half in NBA history. Houston came up 14 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game. The Rockets knocked down 21 of 44 3-point attempts, and Harden made all 18 of his free throws... Paul, who hadn't played since the season opener, got the start and didn't miss a beat, scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in limited action.


Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps John Wall, Bradley Beal help Wizards top Heat 102-93
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Everything was going wrong for the Washington Wizards. They were facing their biggest deficit of the night early in the fourth quarter and were showing signs of unraveling. And then John Wall restored order. Wall scored 27 points, Bradley Beal had 26 and the Wizards overcame a dreadful third quarter to beat Miami 102-93 on Wednesday night - finishing the game on a 29-13 run that started when their point guard returned to the game with 9:47 left.

Hawks get their most lopsided win ever, 126-80 over Kings
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks didn't need to win by the most lopsided margin in franchise history to boost their spirits. They just needed any win. Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 20 points and had 14 rebounds, and the Hawks rode a dominant first half to a 126-80 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Atlanta's 46-point margin of victory was two points better than its previous best. Atlanta took a 141-97 win over Detroit on Feb. 7, 1994, and the St. Louis Hawks beat Baltimore 144-100 on Feb. 12, 1965.

Hardaway hits late 3 to lift Knicks over Jazz 106-101
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Tim Hardaway Jr. and the New York Knicks expect opponents to bring a little extra at Madison Square Garden. A few nights after a deflating loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hardaway made sure the Knicks held home court Wednesday night. Hardaway scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer with 32.9 seconds left, to help the Knicks rally in the second half and beat the Utah Jazz 106-101... Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points, Courtney Lee had 19 and Enes Kanter added 13 for the Knicks.

DeRozan scores 25, leads Raptors over Pelicans 125-116
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- The Toronto Raptors were pummeled in the paint and turned the ball over too often. The way DeMar DeRozan and crew were shooting, it didn't matter. DeRozan scored 25 points and the Raptors shot 59 percent from the floor to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-116 on Wednesday night. Toronto made 47 percent of its 3-point attempts, and seven Raptors had at least 10 points. Among them were Kyle Lowry with 22, Jonas Valanciunas with 21 and C.J. Miles at 17.

Middleton scores 27, Bucks block 16 shots, top Pistons 99-95
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- For only the second time this season, NBA leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo did not have the most points in a game for the Milwaukee Bucks. Khris Middleton knew why after he finished with a team-high 27 points and eight assists in a 99-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night... Antetokounmpo added 21 points in Milwaukee's fourth straight victory, and the Bucks blocked 16 shots - two shy of the team record set in 1980 at Detroit.

Towns, Wolves stop 12-game slide vs. Spurs with 98-86 win
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Happy birthday, Karl-Anthony Towns. Here's a brand-new win over the San Antonio Spurs. Towns had 26 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota on the night he turned 22, and the Timberwolves stopped a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs with a 98-86 victory on Wednesday... Jeff Teague pitched in 16 points and six assists, and Nemanja Bjelica added 11 points off the bench as the Timberwolves put together one of their most complete performances with their fewest points allowed this season.

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls 92-79 for 3rd straight win
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory... Anthony returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Pacers build big lead, hold on to beat Grizzlies 116-113
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Darren Collison scored a season-high 30 points, and the Indiana Pacers almost let them go to waste. After stretching their lead to 17 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers held on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-113 on Wednesday night... Victor Oladipo added 21 points for the Pacers, while Bogdanovic scored 16. Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley, who has a sore left Achilles tendon.

LeBron James scores 31 points, Cavaliers top Hornets 115-107
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made the plays they needed to extend their dominance of the Charlotte Hornets. The most significant ones came when the Hornets had the ball. "Our defense was phenomenal," said James, who scored 31 points in Cleveland's 115-107 victory Wednesday night... Cleveland's Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Jeff Green added 13, Korver had 11 and J.R. Smith 10. The Cavaliers have won three straight and four of five.

Lillard has 26 points to lead Blazers over Magic 99-94
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Shabazz Napier is clearly comfortable in his role this season. "I think you just go out there and play with a free mind, and just enjoy it," said Portland's reserve guard, who had a season-high 19 points in the Trail Blazers' 99-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but it was Napier who was the difference as Portland went to a three-guard lineup. Napier was 5 for 5 from 3-point range... CJ McCollum added 24 points and Portland finished 4-2 on its six-game homestand.

Embiid's career-high 46 lead 76ers past Lakers 115-109
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- In a matchup of teams with rising young stars, Joel Embiid stood out above the rest. The 7-foot center scored a career-high 46 points - the most by a Philadelphia player in 11 years - and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the 76ers past the Los Angeles Lakers 115-109 on Wednesday night. And that was only part of his night. Embiid also had seven assists and seven blocked shots, making him the first NBA player with 40 points, seven assists and seven blocks in a game since Julius Erving did it for the 76ers against Detroit in 1982, according to ESPN Stats & Info... Philadelphia also got an outstanding game from rookie guard Ben Simmons, who barely missed a triple-double with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.


Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straight
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask. On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the NBA champions... Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing the mask, and the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten since an 0-2 start. Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics, who have the NBA's best record. Golden State is next at 11-3, and Boston got good preparation for the game against a persistent Brooklyn team.

DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets 129-113
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak... Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.

Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets milestone in Spurs win
The AP reports: DALLAS -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Tuesday night. Gregg Popovich became the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Riley. Aldridge, a product of Dallas' Seagoville High School, scored eight points during a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter. Patty Mills added a season-high 19 points for the Spurs. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with a career-high 27 points, and J.J. Barea and Harrison Barnes had 16 each. The Mavericks are 2-13 for the second straight season and fifth time overall.


Here's what went down yesterday on NBA courts:

nba game recaps Wall scores 21, Gortat adds 18 as Wizards beat Kings 110-92
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Wizards point guard John Wall isn't known for his 3-point shooting. Don't tell that to the Sacramento Kings. Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Marcin Gortat scored 18 and Washington beat Sacramento 110-92 on Monday night for its third straight win. Wall shot 8 of 9 from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range. In two games against the Kings, he has 40 points and is 9 for 10 from long distance. In his other 10 games, he is 5 for 32.

James, Korver lead Cavs' charge in 4th to top Knicks 104-101
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach. Neither could keep him down for good. James had 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York 104-101 on Monday night... Cleveland outscored New York 43-25 in the fourth, making more 3s than the Knicks had baskets (8). But the turnaround started late in the third with the second unit in... Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Kanter added 20 points and 16 boards. But Kristaps Porzingis shot only 7 for 21 while scoring 20 points as the Knicks blew their chance to beat the Cavs for the second time this season.

Miller's late 3s rescue Pelicans in 106-105 win over Hawks
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- A couple of seasons overseas appears to have turned Darius Miller into the clutch jump shooter the Pelicans hoped they were getting when they made him a second-round draft choice in 2012. Miller hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 of his career-high 21 points, and New Orleans overcame a sloppy performance to beat the struggling Atlanta Hawks 106-105 on Monday night... DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pelicans, who have won five of six. E'Twaun Moore tied a career high with 24 points for New Orleans.

Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks beat Grizzlies 110-103
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies. Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled away late in the fourth for a 110-103 victory... Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks... Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points.

Clarkson scores 25, Lakers beat Suns 100-93
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Lonzo Ball could only watch from the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away late to beat the Phoenix Suns. Jordan Clarkson was just playing too well to come off the court. Clarkson scored a season-high 25 points in 26 minutes, and the Lakers beat the Suns 100-93 on Monday night... Devin Booker had 36 points, his second consecutive game of at least 35, for the Suns... Ball, the Lakers rookie coming off his first career triple-double on Saturday night, did not play in the fourth quarter. He had seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Minnesota has turned into an offensive machine. Facing a Utah team without its best defensive player made it much easier to keep the engine running full speed. Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves beat the Jazz 109-98 on Monday night, setting a team record by scoring at least 100 points for the 12th consecutive game... Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists, and Jeff Teague scored 22 for the Timberwolves. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Nurkic and McCollum have 17 and Blazers beat Nuggets 99-82
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 99-82 on Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak. The Blazers built an 86-66 lead early in the fourth quarter on Noah Vonleh's dunk and cruised the rest of the way. Damian Lillard had 15 points and seven assists and the Blazers led by as many as 23 points. Paul Millsap led the Nuggets with 18 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers.

Without injured Curry, Durant leads Warriors past Magic
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant had 21 points, a season-high eight assists and seven rebounds, Shaun Livingston scored a season-best 16 points in place of the injured Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 110-100 on Monday night for their seventh straight win. Draymond Green had a season-high 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Warriors completed an unbeaten four-game homestand. Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points, Evan Fournier had 16 and Aaron Gordon added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Magic's fourth defeat over six games.

Embiid, Covington lead 76ers to 109-105 win over Clippers
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Joel Embiid scored 32 points, Robert Covington added 31 and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Clippers 109-105 on Monday night to hand Los Angeles its sixth consecutive loss. Ben Simmons had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia. Embiid grabbed a game-high 16 boards. Lou Williams led Los Angeles (5-8) with 31 points off the bench, and Blake Griffin had 29. The Clippers started the season 4-0 but have lost eight of nine.