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LeVert has surgery for cancer on kidney

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney.

Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said no additional treatment is needed.

Doctors found the small mass during a routine, post-trade physical and immediately conducted additional tests. LeVert was part of the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn then was dealt by the Rockets to Indiana for Victor Oladipo.


Clips aim to stay hot sans Kawhi, George

The Los Angeles Clippers take their seven-game winning streak on the road this week, starting a six-game road trip in Atlanta on Tuesday.

But they'll be starting it without all-stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who were both ruled out on Monday due to the NBA's health and safety protocols. The tandem did not join the team on its flight to Atlanta on Monday, ESPN reported.


Jazz host Knicks trying to push run to 9

Led by a near-triple-double by Julius Randle (30 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists) and a 23-point outing by Austin Rivers, the New York Knicks rallied back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Utah Jazz 112-100 three weeks ago at Madison Square Garden.

The two teams have since gone in different directions, literally and figuratively.


James lifts Lakers with 46 against Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Back home, LeBron James kept the Lakers perfect on the road.

James went on a scoring tear in the fourth quarter, getting 21 of his 46 points with a variety of dazzling shots and plays only he seems to make, leading Los Angeles to a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.


Wright gets Pistons by Embiid-less 76ers

DETROIT (AP) Delon Wright scored a career-high 28 points and Wayne Ellington had another impressive shooting night for Detroit, leading the Pistons to a 119-104 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Jerami Grant scored 25 points for the Pistons (4-13), who still have the NBA's worst record but took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence. The Philadelphia star was out with back tightness.


Nets use late 18-2 run to get past Heat

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant wasn't making shots. James Harden was barely taking them.

That sent the Brooklyn Nets into a defensive struggle, and the NBA's highest-scoring team handled it well until their superstars showed up.


Ex-Knicks fan favorite Wingo dies at 73

NEW YORK (AP) Harthorne Wingo, a fan favorite and reserve on the New York Knicks' 1973 NBA championship team, has died. He was 73.

He died Jan. 20 in a New York City hospital, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Associated Press. The cause was not immediately available.


Nuggets get by Mavs after Murray ejected

DALLAS (AP) Michael Porter Jr. tied his season high with 30 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame Jamal Murray's ejection for a shot to the groin of Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to beat the Mavericks 117-113 on Monday night.

Porter was 6 of 10 from 3-point range, including a go-ahead bucket to start a decisive 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter after the Mavericks had rallied immediately following the incident involving Murray and Hardaway.


Brogdon scores 36 as Pacers beat Raptors

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon spent Sunday night searching for answers.

By Monday night, he had found them.


Tatum returns, helps Celtics beat Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) The toughest part of having COVID-19 for Jayson Tatum wasn't the headache, the high temperature and chills he experienced. Those symptoms went away after the first night.

Most difficult was the mental toll.

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