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James lifts Lakers, burns Heat with 51

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MIAMI (AP) There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat.

Sunday was not one of those times.

The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson - James' former rival, now his teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers - challenged him to finish the game off with a 3-pointer.


Warriors' slide at 3 after loss to Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Finally faced with "the real NBA," the Golden State Warriors are playing short-handed and having a hard time.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 18 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs fended off a late rally to beat Golden State 104-92 on Sunday night, extending the Warriors' skid to three games.


Lillard scores 40 as Blazers top Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Portland coach Terry Stotts was so pleased by a seven-pass possession capped by a 25-foot jumper by Jake Layman in the first quarter that he replayed the sequence at halftime.

"There's not a basketball person out there that wouldn't appreciate - and then you've got to make the shot with the shot clock run down," Stotts said. "But that's, that was pretty."


Gasol, Conley lead Grizzlies past Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With Mike Conley finally healthy to rejoin teammate Marc Gasol, and adding 6-foot-11, 242-poound rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., the Memphis Grizzlies have gone back to their long-trusted approach of physical defense.

It has got Memphis winning again, too.


Gordon, Magic extend Knicks' skid to 5

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Aaron Gordon dunked for the Orlando Magic just 20 seconds into the game, and the New York Knicks never caught up.

Gordon scored 20 of his 31 points in the first quarter and the Magic held off two New York rallies to beat the skidding Knicks 131-117 on Sunday night.


Walker scores 60, Butler 3 in OT wins it

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) JJ Redick jokingly bet new 76ers teammate Jimmy Butler on the bench that he wouldn't call "game" on the final shot.

Butler responded with "bet."


Oladipo injures knee in Pacers' win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With All-Star Victor Oladipo out for most of the game, the Pacers relied on a veteran and a rookie to put away the Hawks.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, hitting a late 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to seal the win, as Indiana beat Atlanta 97-89 on Saturday night.


Davis' 40 get surging Pelicans by Denver

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis had 10 field goals for New Orleans against Denver on Saturday night. That's not a bad total, but it doesn't begin to tell the whole story about how he carried the Pelicans.

Davis added 20-for-21 shooting from the free throw line and finished with 40 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Pelicans defeated the Nuggets 125-115 Saturday night.


George has 32 as Thunder win 10th in 11

PHOENIX (AP) Still without Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder keep winning.

Paul George scored 32 points, Steven Adams added 26 and the Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 110-100 on Saturday night, their 10th victory in 11 games.


Harden's 34 help Rockets push run to 4

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's offense continues to improve, and the Rockets keep on winning.

James Harden had 34 points and eight assists, and the Rockets used a big first-half run on the way to their fourth straight victory, a 132-112 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

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