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Lue takes leave from Cavs due to health

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CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.

Lue said Monday in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is and offered no timetable for his return. The coach said he feels he needs to step away "and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation" from which to coach the rest of the season.

"While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season," Lue said. "My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards."


Blazers beat Clips for 13th straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Maurice Harkless thinks he sees something pleasantly repetitive about the Portland Trail Blazers' 13-game winning streak.

"Every time a team tries to go on a run, we always bounce back," Harkless said.


Westbrook 37-14-13; Raptors' run ends

TORONTO (AP) Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan praised his team's poise following a hard-fought road win over the streaking Raptors.

Toronto, meanwhile, found it harder to stay calm and collected after some controversial calls down the stretch.


Wright ex-wife won't face death penalty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee, a prosecutor said Monday.

Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman told a judge during a hearing that Sherra Wright won't face a death sentence if found guilty of first degree murder in her ex-husband's shooting death. She is being held without bond and has pleaded not guilty in one of the most high-profile murder cases in Memphis' history.


Harden has 34 as Rockets hold off Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For the Houston Rockets, finally facing a challenge from Minnesota and a hostile crowd on the road was a good test to prepare for the postseason.

The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are left holding on for dear life in a tightening playoff race.


Davis leads Pelicans by banged-up Celts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis picked up his dribble along the baseline and pulled up for a tough, 14-foot fallaway as he was fouled by Celtics rookie Abdel Nader.

As the shot fell through to cap another big night for the Pelicans' All-Star, the crowd rose to its feet and Davis exchanged high-fives with fans along the sideline before making his foul shot. It seemed a fitting punctuation to the type of performance New Orleans will continue to need to survive a tight Western Conference playoff race.


Butler could return before season ends

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season, if he continues to stay on track with his rehabilitation from surgery on his right knee.

He's predictably having a hard time sitting and waiting.


Pelicans' Gentry fined for ripping refs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating following New Orleans' 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday night.

The punishment was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.


Jazz defeat Kings for ninth straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz struggled from long range. They were on at the free-throw line.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, and the Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.


Beal, Gortat lead Wizards over Pacers

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards delivered in a big game in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Beal scored 19 points, Marcin Gortat had 18 and the Wizards beat the Pacers 109-102 on Saturday night in a possible postseason preview.

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