Basketball

Blazers beat Nuggets to take 1-game lead for 8th…

Jusuf Nurkic had a career-high 33 points with 16 rebounds against his former team, CJ McCollum had 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113 to take hold of the eighth seed in the Western Conference

Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division…

John Wall scored 34 points and Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108, clinching the Southeast Division title for its first division crown in 38 years

Reports: Kings Pursuing Ex-Sixers GM Sam Hinkie…

The Kings have publicly denied reports that they are interested in hiring former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie or demoting current GM Vlade Divac.

Curry's 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets

Whiteside's buzzer-beating tip-in lifts Heat past…

Hassan Whiteside tipped in a shot at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat over the Detroit Pistons 97-96

Suspended Noah: Using supplement to aid injuries…

Joakim Noah says he is sorry for taking an over-the-counter supplement that led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy

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Saric, Covington lift 76ers over Nets 106-101

Dario Saric scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-101

Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0…

Russell Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-91

Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs…

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions

Schroder, Hawks beat Suns 95-91 to snap 7-game losing streak

Dennis Schroder hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 17-1 run that carried the Hawks to a 95-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns, snapping a seven-game losing streak and boosting Atlanta's playoff hopes

Agreement puts Jeanie Buss in control of Lakers…

A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise

Thompson's second half sparks Warriors past…

Klay Thompson scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 106-94 for their seventh straight win

Rubio's late free throws help Minnesota end skid at Indiana

Ricky Rubio made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers

Williams leads Rockets to easy 137-125 win over…

Lou Williams scored 31 points off the bench, James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the Houston Rockets never trailed while cruising to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder

Snell scores 26 points, Bucks beat Hornets 118-108

Tony Snell scored a season-high 26 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points and eight rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Charlotte Hornets' playoff hopes a potentially devastating blow with a 118-108 victory

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Pau Gasol giving Spurs everything they expected, and more

Pau Gasol and the San Antonio Spurs seemed like the perfect match, and they have been

Jazz sink Pelicans 108-100 behind Gobert, hot shooting

Rudy Gobert had 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Utah Jazz over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100

Collison leads Kings to 91-90 win over slumping Grizzlies

Darren Collison scored 23 points and made two crucial free throws in the closing seconds to help the Sacramento Kings hand the slumping Memphis Grizzlies their fourth consecutive loss, 91-90

DeRozan scores 36, Raptors top Magic 131-112 for 6th in row

DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and Cory Joseph had 15 points and 13 assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 131-112 for their sixth straight victory

Knicks hand Pistons 4th straight loss, 109-95

Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory

Blazers beat Lakers 97-81, tie Denver for final spot in West

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 to pull even with Denver in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference

Minus Cousins, Pelicans top Nuggets 115-90 behind Davis' 31

Anthony Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, helping to compensate for the absence of injured DeMarcus Cousins, and the New Orleans Pelicans boosted their flickering playoff hopes by beating the Denver Nuggets 115-90

Thomas scores 30, Celtics beat Heat 112-108 for 4th straight

Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 112-108 for their fourth straight victory

Turner leads Pacers to 107-94 victory over 76ers

Myles Turner had 17 points and 16 rebounds, Paul George scored 21 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-94

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Butler did it: Bulls pulls away for 109-94 win over Bucks

Nikola Mirotic tied a season-high with 28 points, Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the second half for a 109-94 victory on Sunday over the Milwaukee Bucks

Kings rally from 18 down in fourth to stun Clippers 98-97

Willie Cauley-Stein made a follow shot with two seconds left and the Sacramento Kings rallied from an 18-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 98-97

Walker scores 31, Hornets beat struggling Suns 120-106

Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their eighth straight loss with a 120-106 victory