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There has been some early tinkering to lineups, a few hiccups and lots of drama to start the NBA season. None of the league’s final four teams from last season — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State — look like locks to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy this time. The addition of Carmelo Anthony to the …

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James stopped worrying about his place in history long ago. His legacy has been secure for years. The argument about where he ranks, whether or not he’s the best player to ever step on a basketball court, will continue forever and there will never be a definitive answer. That is, unless …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 40 points, C.J. McCullom added 25 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Washington Wizards 119-109 on Sunday. Jusuf Nurkic had 13 points, 14 rebounds and matched his career high with eight assists for Portland. The Trail Blazers, coming off a 112-96 loss at Minnesota on Friday, snapped a …

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 51 points against his former club and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 113-97 on Sunday night. James had 19 points in the first quarter to set the tone, the Lakers led by as many as 21 and never trailed. The 51 points were a season high …

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Marc Gasol had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Conley added 18 points and nine assists and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-87 on Sunday. Gasol was 4 of 7 from 3-point range and Memphis hit 12 overall. The Grizzlies forced Minnesota into 20 turnovers and turned …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmy Butler knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a career-high 60 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-119 on Saturday night. Butler’s play in the final seconds was the difference. He blocked Walker’s shot and saved the ball to a …

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PHOENIX (AP) — Paul George scored 32 points, Steven Adams added 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 110-100 on Saturday night, their 10th victory in 11 games. The Thunder played without Russell Westbrook for the sixth straight game. He missed the first five with a sprained ankle, but the team said …

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BOSTON (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 28 points and six assists, bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season and leading the Utah Jazz to a 98-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Ricky Rubio scored 20 points for Utah, which beat Boston for the second time in eight days …

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DALLAS (AP) — Golden State’s Draymond Green will miss the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night with a recurrence of a right toe injury. It will be the second time in three games that Green has been sidelined. The volatile forward was suspended for a game by the team following a testy exchange …

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was seething over what he perceived as a lackadaisical effort in the first half Friday night and unloaded on his team at halftime. Message delivered. Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 23 points and the Bucks erased a 22-point deficit and …

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