Basketball

Howard leads Hornets over Pistons 114-98 for 4th win in row

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Kemba Walker added 17 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 114-98 for their season-best fourth straight win

Popovich strongly supports LeBron's courage to…

Spurs coach Popovich defends LeBron's activism and courage to speak out on social issues.

After 2 lopsided losses to OKC, Durant leads…

Kevin Durant scores 28 points as Golden State Warriors beat Oklahoma City Thunder 112-80

Irving scores 31, leads Celtics to 121-112 win in New York

Kyrie Irving had 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Boston Celtics over the New York Knicks 121-112 for their second victory in two nights since the All-Star break

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Butler hurt as Rockets beat Wolves for 11th…

James Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets won their 11th straight game with a 120-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to an apparent right knee injury

Johnson scores 23 to help Heat beat reeling Grizzlies 115-89

Tyler Johnson scores 23 points as Miami Heat beat reeling Memphis Grizzles 115-89

Caldwell-Pope's season-high 34 points help Lakers top Kings

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 113-108 win against the Sacramento Kings

Embiid leads Sixers to 7th straight win, 116-105 over Magic

Joel Embiid had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers extended their season-high win streak to seven with a 116-105 victory over the Orlando Magic

Teague scores 25 to lead Butler-less Wolves past Bulls

Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves _ playing their first game since All-Star Jimmy Butler was injured _ beat the Chicago Bulls 122-104

James records triple-double as Cavs defeat Grizzlies 112-89

James records his 11th triple-double of the season, George Hill adds 18 points as the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Memphis in the second half for a 112-89 victory over the Grizzlies

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Jazz edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th win in 13 games

Donovan Mitchell scores 25 to help Jazz edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th win in 13 games

Lillard's layup after Suns' turnover gives Portland victory

Damian Lillard scored 40 points, the last two on a driving, left-handed layup with nine-tenths of a second to play, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from 15 down in the final 7 1/2 minutes to beat Phoenix 106-104, the Suns' ninth straight loss

Randle stars, Ball returns in Lakers' 124-102 win over Mavs

Julius Randle gets triple-double as Los Angeles Lakers beat Dallas Mavericks 124-102

Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets over Spurs, 122-119

Jokic has 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Chandler has 18 points and 16 rebounds as Nuggets beat Spurs, 122-119

T-Wolves start slow, bust century mark anyway

Prolific Davis lifts Pelicans past Heat in OT, 124-123

Anthony Davis' huge game powers New Orleans Pelicans past Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime

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Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117

Super-sub Lou Williams had 35 points in 33 minutes _ including a 23-point second quarter, Los Angeles scored the first 19 of the game and the Clippers handed the staggering Phoenix Suns their eighth loss in a row, 128-117.