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Celtics rally by Warriors as run hits 14

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BOSTON (AP) 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.

"It was tough to kind of accept it," Brown said. "Everybody was kind of in shock."

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Rockets hit 90 at half, win Paul return

PHOENIX (AP) James Harden looked up at the halftime totals Thursday night and couldn't believe what he saw, despite how well he and the Houston Rockets had shot the ball.

"I thought there was something wrong with the score," he said.

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Thompson's playmaking keys Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Klay Thompson danced unabashedly in China after winning another NBA championship, and it got shared all over social media. He smoked a stogie on the rooftop, letting loose to reveal another side of himself.

"I didn't plan for that video to go viral," Thompson said matter-of-factly. "I was just having fun. I've always been myself and having fun while doing it and learning to enjoy every day, because it goes by so fast."

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George getting comfortable with Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George couldn't find a rhythm on offense his first few weeks with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The four-time All-Star struggled to fit in with fellow All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony after he was traded from the Indiana Pacers. He settled for jumpers too often, shot too quickly at times and didn't get to the free throw line as often as usual. As he adjusted, the Thunder started the season with a 4-7 record.

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2 men get 60 days in jail in Morris case

PHOENIX (AP) Two men who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a case that involved NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris have been sentenced to 60 days in jail in Phoenix.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Julius Kane began his sentence immediately Thursday while Christopher Melendez was sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days of deferred jail time starting on Nov. 16, 2018.

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Embiid's 46 carry 76ers past Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) 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.

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Towns: Time to allow medical marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana.

In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern's stance that the drug should be removed from the league's banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change he would make if he were in NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's place.

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Wolves end 12-game skid to Spurs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Happy birthday, Karl-Anthony Towns.

Here's a brand-new win over the San Antonio Spurs.

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Bucks win 4th straight, end Pistons' run

MILWAUKEE (AP) 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.

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Hardaway's 26 help Knicks rally by Jazz

NEW YORK (AP) 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.

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