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Russell's 40 points lift Nets to 117-115 win over Hornets

Feb. 23, 2019 11:06 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Six days after his first All-Star appearance, D'Angelo Russell believes his confidence is at an all-time high. "For sure, because I feel like when you have that All-Star badge, you have to be aggressive," Russell said. "Teams expect it already, they game plan for you and they are...

Pacers hold off furious Wizards rallies in 119-112 win

Feb. 23, 2019 11:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hardened by the loss of their best player, the Pacers keep doing whatever it takes to win. Saturday night, that meant overcoming their own mistakes and two late Wizards rallies. Thaddeus Young scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 and Indiana held on for a...

Hield scores 34 as Kings top Thunder 119-116

Feb. 23, 2019 10:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 34 points, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-116 on Saturday night. Hield, who played college ball at the nearby University of Oklahoma, shot 12 for 22 from the field. De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley each added 19 points for the Kings. Paul...

Pistons reach 7th in East, top reeling Heat 119-96

Feb. 23, 2019 10:50 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — If there's been an area of concern for Detroit coach Dwane Casey in this playoff push, it's been the play of the Pistons' second unit. The concern was unfounded Saturday. Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench, fellow backup Langston Galloway added 15 points in the first five minutes of the...

LaVine scores career-high 42 as Bulls top Celtics 126-116

Feb. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored a career-high 42 points, Lauri Markkanen finished with a personal-best 35 points and 15 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls got some payback for the most lopsided loss in franchise history with a 126-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. LaVine surpassed his...

Love scores season-high 32 as Cavs beat Grizzlies 112-107

Feb. 23, 2019 10:15 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, Cedi Osman hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-107 on Saturday night. Love, playing in back-to-back games for the first time since returning from foot surgery, had 10...

Young, Bazemore lead Hawks past Suns 120-112

Feb. 23, 2019 9:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young and Kent Bazemore each scored 23 points, Taurean Prince added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks extended the Phoenix Suns' franchise-worst losing streak to 17 games with a 120-112 victory Saturday night. John Collins finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which snapped a...

Holiday, Pelicans stunt Lakers playoff push, 128-115

Feb. 23, 2019 9:44 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points while Anthony Davis watched from the bench, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 128-115 on Saturday night. Former Laker Julius Randle had 24 points for the Pelicans, who looked in sync and motivated as they slowed...

Bulls' Porter leaves game with strained lower left leg

Feb. 23, 2019 9:27 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. has left the game against the Boston Celtics because of a strained lower left leg. The team announced Saturday he would not return before the start of the second half. Porter missed all four shots and did not score. The Bulls acquired Porter from Washington for...

Towns still dealing with concussion, won't play in Milwaukee

Feb. 23, 2019 8:08 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn't play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive...