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Magic hand Pelicans 12th straight loss

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jonathan Isaac had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat New Orleans 130-119 on Sunday, sending the Pelicans to their franchise-record 12th straight loss.

Orlando center Nikola Vucevic retured from a sprained ankle to score 20 points. He played 29 minutes in his first game since Nov. 20. The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak.

Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 29 points and eight assists. J.J. Redick added 23 points against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2006.


Lakers bring 13-game road run to Atlanta

Even in the seasons when the Los Angeles Lakers were struggling, their fans came out in droves when the team visited Atlanta. Often there were enough gold and purple hats and shirts in the crowd to make it seem like a Lakers' home game.

Another similar scene could be on display Sunday when the Lakers make their only appearance of the season at Atlanta's State Farm Arena. Only this time the displaced Lakers fans have plenty to be happy about.


76ers face Nets riding 5-game win streak

Eight months ago, the Brooklyn Nets found few answers in attempting to contain Joel Embiid. The result was a first-round exit in five games at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Two months after losing in the postseason, the Nets drastically remade their roster, while the 76ers were unable to retain Jimmy Butler, who signed with the Miami Heat.


Bucks beat Cavs for 18th straight win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo displayed his remarkable skills early and often as the Milwaukee Bucks continued their quest to break a franchise record that has stood for nearly half a century.

The reigning MVP sank a 3-pointer for his first points of the game, then followed with a spinning layup, a wide-open dunk and a step-through slam for nine quick points to give Milwaukee an early lead.


Doncic hurt in Mavs' OT loss to Heat

DALLAS (AP) A Dallas crowd stunned by Luka Doncic's ankle injury and the big deficit that followed was standing with the Mavericks in position to win late.

Still, a huge comeback without the young phenom came up short.


Mills' buzzer-beater carries Spurs in OT

MEXICO CITY (AP) San Antonio set a record. Patty Milly got the Spurs a win, too.

Mills made a jumper from the free throw line with 0.3 seconds left in the Spurs' record-setting fourth consecutive overtime game, and they outlasted the Phoenix Suns 121-119 on Saturday.


Jokic triple-double lifts Nuggets

DENVER (AP) Breaking out of a mini-slump, Nikola Jokic is reasserting himself as the centerpiece of the Denver Nuggets’ offense.

Jokic had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season, leading the Nuggets past the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-102 on Saturday night.


Harden's 39 not enough, Rockets fall

HOUSTON (AP) When the Detroit Pistons had a comfortable lead entering the fourth quarter Saturday night, coach Dwane Casey knew the Houston Rockets would make a run late and he'd need someone to step up to hold them off.

He got that boost from Derrick Rose, who came off the bench to score 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pistons outlast the Rockets 115-107.


Brooks, Clarke lead Griz over Wizards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Rookie Ja Morant is drawing the accolades for the Memphis Grizzlies. Fellow first-round pick Brandon Clarke is showing his value as well.

Clarke, who leads the league's rookies in field goal percentage at 65%, scored a season-high 25 points, converting 11 of 14 shots and the Grizzlies sent Washington to its fourth straight loss, beating the Wizards 128-111 on Saturday night.


LaVine scores 31 as Bulls beat Clips

CHICAGO (AP) After blowing several late leads to lose games, the Chicago Bulls were able to flip the script Saturday night.

Zach LaVine scored 31 points and converted a decisive three-point play in the Bulls' 109-106 victory over the short-handed and weary Los Angeles Clippers.

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