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Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) reacts after shooting a 3-point basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Warren scores 33 to help Pacers hold off Warriors 129-118

Jan. 25, 2020 2:23 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State's plan to double-team Domantas Sabonis in the post allowed Indiana's big man to show off his passing skills and gave the Pacers plenty of open looks from the perimeter. Sabonis nearly got his second triple-double in six days, too. Sabonis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and...

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans center Derrick Favors (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jokic, Nuggets, control boards in 113-106 win over Pelicans

Jan. 25, 2020 2:02 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant aggressively crashing the offensive glass, the Denver Nuggets were able to overcome an off night shooting on the road for an unusual but gratifying victory. Jokic had 27 points and grabbed seven of his 12 rebounds on the offensive end and the Nuggets...

Stanford's Estella Moschkau (20) and the rest of the Stanford bench react to an official ruling during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

Pretchel's putback helps No. 6 Stanford slip past Colorado

Jan. 25, 2020 1:48 AM EST

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Freshman Ashten Pretchel wasn’t thinking about much. She was caught up in the excitement of the moment. All she did was make two of the biggest shots of her young career. Pretchel made a putback in the final two minutes for the go-ahead points and No. 6 Stanford slipped past...

Onyenwere scores 31, helps No. 10 UCLA beat Washington in OT

Jan. 25, 2020 1:43 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere was sitting on UCLA’s bench wearing a boot on her injured ankle and there was nothing she could do to help her team. That changed when she was back in the lineup Friday night. Onyenwere scored a career-high 31 points and No. 10 UCLA used an 8-1 run in overtime...

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, right, shoots ahead of Oregon State's Kat Tudor during the first quarter of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

No. 4 Oregon holds off No. 7 Oregon State 76-64

Jan. 25, 2020 1:12 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu knew in the back of her mind that she was one assist away from breaking Gary Payton's Pac-12 record for career assists. But it didn't occur to her that she'd topped it when she passed to Ruthy Hebard on Oregon's first basket against Oregon State on Friday night. ...

Butler's Bryce Nze (10) shoots against Marquette's Theo John (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Baldwin's flurry leads No. 13 Butler past Marquette in OT

Jan. 25, 2020 1:11 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When No. 13 Butler needed scoring punch Friday night, Kamar Baldwin came up with a flurry. He delivered the knockout punch, too. The senior guard scored the Bulldogs' final nine points of regulation, erasing a six-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes, then added 10 more in overtime...

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Leonard's 1st triple-double sends Clippers past Heat 122-117

Jan. 25, 2020 12:24 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Kawhi Leonard has two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, four All-Star selections and a string of other accolades. And now, one triple-double. Unbelievable as it sounds — and really, the Miami Heat could not believe it — Leonard got a triple-double for the first time...

Phoenix Suns' Dario Saric, left, and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (3) fight for possession against San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Suns snap 11-game skid in San Antonio, topple Spurs 103-99

Jan. 25, 2020 12:17 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devin Booker let his teammates and coaches know just how tired he was of losing to San Antonio. When the Phoenix guard wasn’t jawing at the opposition, Booker was encouraging his teammates to fight and imploring his coaches to protest every call that went against the Suns. Booker...

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes behind his back to center Clint Capela, right, as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32), forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and guard Shabazz Napier (13) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Westbrook scores season-high 45, Rockets beat Wolves 131-124

Jan. 25, 2020 12:13 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When James Harden went through shooting slumps in the past, the Houston Rockets would be hard-pressed to survive lackluster production from their star guard. With Russell Westbrook, Houston has another player who can shoulder a huge scoring burden. Westbrook scored a season-high 45...

Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph, left, celebrates with guard Buddy Hield after scoring basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Kings won 98-81.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Hield scores 21, Kings beat Bulls 98-81 to snap 6-game skid

Jan. 25, 2020 12:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — After being pulled from the starting lineup, Buddy Hield proved his value to the Sacramento Kings. Hield scored 21 points, Harrison Barnes added 19 and Sacramento beat the Chicago Bulls 98-81 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. In 23 minutes off the bench, Hield was 7 for 12...