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Rockets beat Bucks for 13th straight win

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HOUSTON (AP) Nursing a sore knee, James Harden said he came close to not playing Saturday night.

When team doctors warned him that it would be painful, but he could play through it, he said, "Let's go."

Harden scored 31 points and Chris Paul had 25 and the Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111 for their 13th straight victory.


Anthony quiet in return, Knicks top OKC

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden was much like the 6 1/2 years he spent playing for the Knicks.

A video played on the overhead scoreboard as part of a huge welcome from the fans and franchise, followed by a fast start that gave Anthony hope he could have everything he wanted.


Ex-wife jailed in Lorenzen Wright murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis.

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA.


Spoelstra sets Heat mark with 455th win

MIAMI (AP) A slow start to the season is in the past for Josh Richardson.

Richardson scored a career-high 28 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Clippers 90-85 on Saturday night.


James' 60th triple-double lifts Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Utah Jazz 109-100 on Saturday night

James had his fifth triple-double of the season and third in his last four games. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter, was 9 of 15 from the field and 10 of 10 at the foul line.


Spurs close on 13-0 run to stun Mavs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) At 40 years old, Manu Ginobili's refusal to slow down in his 16th season with the Spurs has been a source of inspiration to the team's young core.

The man and the mantra helped propel San Antonio to an improbable victory over Dallas on Saturday night.


Celtics rally in 4th to down Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Boston saw a lead that once reached 21 points, slip away in the third quarter, but the Celtics made sure they didn't trail for long.

On the short end of a 73-71 score after three, Boston opened the final frame with 16 straight points to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 102-93 victory on Saturday night.


Blazers edge Hornets, road streak hits 3

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas expressed concern about stopping the Trail Blazers' talented backcourt. Turns out, his concerns were warranted.

CJ McCollum had 25 points, Damian Lillard flirted with a triple-double and Portland held on to beat Charlotte 93-91 on Saturday night. Lillard had 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds and the Trail Blazers won their third straight on the road.


Canaan's 3 FTs get Suns by Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Phoenix coach Jay Triano says he needs newly signed Isaiah Canaan to learn on the fly. Standing at the foul line for three shots with 6 seconds left, Canaan made it through his first lesson with the Suns.

Canaan sank all three free throws, and the Suns denied Jimmy Butler twice on Minnesota's ensuing possession to cap a bench-led comeback in a 108-106 victory Saturday.


Jazz C Gobert to be reexamined in 2 wks.

CLEVELAND (AP) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out because of an injured left knee and will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Gobert had an MRI on Saturday that revealed a sprained posterior cruciate ligament and a bone bruise. He was injured less than two minutes into Friday's game against Boston when teammate Derrick Favors fell backward into his leg, sending Gobert to the floor.

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