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Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala (28) blocks a drive to the basket by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Nuggets run away from short-handed Heat, 109-82

Jan. 27, 2021 10:26 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Denver Nuggets might not want this road trip to end. The Miami Heat cannot get Jimmy Butler back quickly enough. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Nuggets won their fifth straight, building a 25-point halftime lead and beating the Heat 109-82 on Wednesday night. Michael...

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) puts in a layup during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Bucks, Antetokounmpo hold off Raptors 115-108

Jan. 27, 2021 10:25 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, and Donte DeVincenzo sparked a five-point sequence in the fourth quarter that helped the Milwaukee Bucks pull away for a 115-108 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. The Bucks (11-6) were leading by just three...

Indiana Pacers guard Justin Holiday (8) passes the ball while Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Pacers' Sabonis has triple-double to sink Hornets 116-106

Jan. 27, 2021 10:22 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When his MRI came back negative after taking a shot to the knee earlier this week, Domantas Sabonis told Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren there was no way he was going to rest and let his teammates down. “I don't like sitting out," Sabonis said. "I woke up today and I felt good. I...

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton, left, talks to guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) during a timeout in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Rested Kings get 29 points from Hield, defeat Magic 121-107

Jan. 27, 2021 9:48 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored a season-best 29 points, hitting hit seven 3-pointers, and the well-rested Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 121-107 on Wednesday night. Sacramento was playing for the first time since Friday after two games were canceled because of COVID-19 protocols with the...

Cleveland Cavaliers' Andre Drummond (3) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons' Mason Plumlee (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Sexton scores 29 points, Cavaliers beat Pistons 122-107

Jan. 27, 2021 9:40 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 29 points and Andre Drummond had 23 points, 16 rebounds and five steals against his former team, powering the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 122-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Taurean Prince added 16 points and rookie Isaac Okoro had 10 points and a...

Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA adjusts schedules for virus-affected teams, like Wizards

Jan. 27, 2021 8:23 PM EST

Washington’s second-half schedule might not be as jam-packed as first thought, after the NBA said Wednesday it was rescheduling some Wizards games after a half-dozen of their contests were postponed in recent weeks for virus-related reasons. Portland will now visit Washington on Tuesday, a game that was...

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) leaves the court after being ejected in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Nuggets' Murray fined $25,000 for striking Hardaway's groin

Jan. 27, 2021 3:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a shot to the groin area of Dallas' Tim Hardaway Jr. Murray was ejected after the apparently intentional act in the third quarter of a game Monday night. The Nuggets won 117-113. Murray stumbled backward after...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Cleveland Cavaliers' Taurean Prince (12) and Dylan Windler (9) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Cleveland. The Lakers won 115-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Game or no game, NBA All-Star voting starts Thursday

Jan. 27, 2021 1:27 PM EST

NBA All-Star voting opens Thursday, without any final determination yet if there will be an actual All-Star Game this season. The league said Wednesday that “discussions surrounding a potential NBA All-Star Game are ongoing.” The Associated Press reported Monday that there have been talks about...

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, lays the ball up as New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel (3) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Gobert shines as Utah Jazz rally past New York Knicks 108-94

Jan. 27, 2021 1:09 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz leaned on their tough defense to keep their win streak alive. Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory. “We did a lot of good things that...

Houston Rockets' John Wall reacts during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88

Jan. 27, 2021 12:06 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team. When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid...