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76ers seek 7th straight win vs. Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks aren't going to make the playoffs this season. But they could have an influence on the plans for those who are headed for postseason, such as the Philadelphia 76ers, who visit Atlanta on Saturday.

The Hawks caused problems for the Utah Jazz on Thursday, knocking them off 117-114 and throwing them into a four-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Philadelphia's position is less fluid; the Sixers are solidly in third place in the Eastern Conference, but don't want to see momentum slow from their current six-game winning streak.

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Wolves' Rose undergoes elbow surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

The Timberwolves announced Saturday that Rose had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Wolves previously said Rose was unlikely to play again this season. They're already eliminated from playoff contention.

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Bulls shut down Carter Jr. for season

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison for the remainder of the season, and might soon do the same with Otto Porter Jr.

Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says the Bulls have "run out of time" on Carter (left thumb surgery) and Hutchison (right toe injury). He stopped short of shutting down Porter (strained right rotator cuff), though he did say, "It's kind of trending that way."

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Harden drops 61 as Rockets beat Spurs

HOUSTON (AP) After James Harden scored 61 more points Friday night to match his career high, Mike D'Antoni was asked the question just about everyone in the NBA is wondering this season.

Who can defend the league's most unstoppable scorer?

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Nuggets win 6th in row to tie atop West

NEW YORK (AP) A year after missing out on the playoffs by just one game, Denver wouldn't mind snatching the top spot in the Western Conference from defending champion Golden State.

At the same time, the Nuggets don't think it's the most important thing for a deep postseason run.

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George, Westbrook lead OKC past Raptors

TORONTO (AP) Stuck in a four-game losing streak, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder came to Toronto and got their swagger back.

Paul George scored 28 points, Westbrook had 18 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Thunder beat the Raptors 116-109 on Friday night.

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Nets eliminate Lakers from playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joe Harris scored 26 points, D'Angelo Russell added 21 points and 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers from playoff contention with a 111-106 victory Friday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points in his hometown as the Nets (38-36) bolstered their playoff chances with their second straight win after an 0-3 start to this seven-game road trip.

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Giannis has 27-8-7 in return, Bucks roll

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks won the game. Dwyane Wade countered with a classy move as the Miami Heat trudged off the court.

Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, had eight rebounds and seven assists after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and helped the NBA-leading Bucks to an easy 116-87 victory over the Heat on Friday night.

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Clippers stay hot with win over Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers' latest victory in a torrid March came the hard way.

While happy to leave town on a high note, coach Doc Rivers knew his team caught a break Friday night in a 110-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that was in doubt until Jordan Clarkson's 3-point attempt from the top of the key hit off the back rim as time ran out.

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Magic rally past Grizzlies in OT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) If the Memphis Grizzlies are playing for NBA draft lottery pingpong balls this time of year, you'd have a hard time convincing the Orlando Magic.

The Magic, trying to reach the playoffs for the first time in seven years, rallied to beat Memphis 123-119 in overtime for their fourth straight victory behind 31 points from Terrence Ross and 27 from Evan Fournier.

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