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Cavs not planning any changes amid slump

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair.

While he was cool, Lue's seat has warmed up.

With the Cavs mired in a bewildering midseason slump and less than 24 hours after a historically embarrassing loss to Oklahoma City, Lue said he has no immediate plans to change his starting lineup or rotations. Cleveland fans may be panicking, Lue's not nervous.

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Magic overcome Irving's 40 to top Celts

BOSTON (AP) After a near-miss in their last game, the Orlando Magic were rewarded for another solid effort.

Elfrid Payton had 22 points and the Magic won for just the third time in their last 20 games, overcoming Kyrie Irving's 40 points to beat the Boston Celtics 103-95 on Sunday.

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Pacers snap Spurs' home win streak at 14

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Indiana made itself at home at an arena that's rarely hospitable to visiting teams.

Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday night, snapping the Spurs' 14-game home winning streak.

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Lakers run past Knicks for 6th win in 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) When the Los Angeles Lakers complement their up-tempo offense with solid defense, this long-struggling team actually looks pretty good.

Even without Lonzo Ball, the Lakers were plenty good enough to run right past the New York Knicks, who couldn't keep up.

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Dinwiddie's last-second hoop lifts Nets

DETROIT (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie hit the big shot against a familiar foe.

Dinwiddie's jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday, the Pistons' fifth straight loss.

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Rockets end Warriors' 14-game road run

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden felt closer to normal after struggling in his first game back from a hamstring injury, and the Houston Rockets got a big game from Chris Paul to down the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Paul scored 33 points with 11 rebounds, Harden bested Stephen Curry twice in the final seconds and the Rockets held off the Warriors 116-108 to snap their 14-game road winning streak.

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Without Butler, Wolves storm by Raptors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There was no Jimmy Butler, practically no Karl-Anthony Towns in the first half, and the visiting Toronto Raptors were shooting 54 percent.

These are the types of games the Minnesota Timberwolves of the last few years didn't win. This season's revamped team is showing the toughness needed to compete with the league's top teams.

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Down 5 late, Heat rally to stun Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kelly Olynyk thought he was fouled. Dwight Howard clearly disagreed.

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford was more concerned about the way his Hornets "butchered" the fourth quarter.

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Embiid gets 76ers by short-handed Bucks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's only January, yet Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his team keeping an eye on the standings.

"He mentioned that we could jump to sixth (in the Eastern Conference) if we won," guard Ben Simmons said. "Obviously, it was a big game, and we did a really good job of closing it out."

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Jazz snap Clippers' 6-game win streak

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The offensively challenged Utah Jazz found a way to score points in droves Saturday night.

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and helped Utah close out a 125-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers with their second-highest point total this season.

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