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Surging Blazers visit sharpshooting OKC

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A big part of the Portland Trail Blazers' recent success was encapsulated in a play midway through the third quarter of their 109-104 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday in Salt Lake City.

In the lane, Jusuf Nurkic stuck up both hands and knocked the ball away from Jazz center Rudy Gobert for a steal that was forced because Gobert couldn't find any room to shoot against Trail Blazers center.

Nurkic immediately raced up the court, where he took a feed from CJ McCollum and finished.

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Minus Leonard, Raptors' home run hits 10

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 19 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Sacramento Kings 120-105 on Tuesday night.

Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors extended their home winning streak to 10 games. Toronto's franchise record for consecutive home wins is 12.

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Smith back with Mavs, starts vs. Clips

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith has returned after a week away from the team amid trade rumors, and with the second-year player's role in question because of the emergence of rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

Smith started against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night after missing a two-game road trip. He was also away from the team for what was termed an illness for the Mavericks' previous home game against San Antonio last Wednesday.

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Mavs' Doncic fined $10K for kicking ball

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has been fined $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands, which led to his ejection from a game against Indiana.

Doncic kicked the ball after a basket by the Pacers late in the third quarter of their 111-99 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night. The NBA announced the fine Tuesday.

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Ex-Kings exec guilty of embezzlement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A former top Sacramento Kings executive has pleaded guilty to siphoning $13.4 million from the team to buy Southern California beachfront properties, according to court records.

The records show former chief revenue officer Jeffrey David pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of wire fraud and identity theft. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced April 15.

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Rockets deal Anthony, to be cut by Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.

Where he's going next remains unclear.

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Thompson hits 1st 10 3s as Warriors roll

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers' defense.

The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in a 130-111 victory Monday night.

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Embiid leads 76ers to rout of Rockets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid relished the chance to face James Harden, and wasn't going to let a little back tightness stop him.

Embiid had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past fellow MVP contender Harden and the Houston Rockets 121-93 on Monday night.

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Celtics topple Heat for 4th straight win

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving moved closer to some elite Boston Celtics company with his latest double-double. It was his three driving baskets, though, that helped seal the victory.

Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99 Monday night for their fourth straight win.

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Bulls handle Cavs to end 10-game slide

CLEVELAND (AP) Somebody was bound to break a long skid Monday - Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls seized the opportunity.

LaVine scored 25 points and the Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

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