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George ready for boos in Indiana return

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George knows the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse well enough to expect a rude reception when he returns for the first time.

George spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, and the four-time All-Star helped them reach the Eastern Conference Finals twice. After last season, George's camp made it clear Indiana didn't figure into his long-term plans, so the disappointed Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis rather than risk getting nothing in return for him.

Indiana fans value loyalty - the player they hold in the highest regard, Reggie Miller, stayed with the Pacers for 18 years. They had their hearts broken back in 2005-06 when Ron Artest demanded a trade, the first step in the dismantling of a nucleus the Pacers expected to compete for NBA titles for years to come.

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Indianapolis to host 2021 All-Star Game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NBA has chosen Indianapolis to host the 2021 All-Star Game.

Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Wednesday just hours before Paul George returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City last summer.

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Suns add backcourt depth with Canaan

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Isaiah Canaan after receiving an injury hardship exemption from the NBA.

Canaan will be available Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.

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Mavs top Spurs, spoil Leonard's debut

DALLAS (AP) Kawhi Leonard strolled to the locker room late in third quarter, just as J.J. Barea was starting a Dallas rally that spoiled the season debut of San Antonio's star forward.

The minutes restriction was up for Leonard after he missed the first 27 games with a right quadriceps injury, so there wasn't anything he could do in the fourth quarter about Barea and the last-place Mavericks ending another four-game winning streak for the Spurs.

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Cavs hit 20 3s, James has 17 assists

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James always takes pride in being efficient. His numbers Tuesday night were several steps beyond that.

James had 25 points and tied a career-high with 17 assists, as Cleveland defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123-114 - the Cavaliers' 15th win in 16 games.

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Porzingis' 37 get Knicks by Lakers in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Lonzo Ball was having a dazzling stretch, every basket bringing his father farther and farther off his courtside seat for an emphatic celebration.

By the end, the New York Knicks were the ones celebrating.

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Embiid returns with 28 in 76ers' OT win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joel Embiid was a spectator for two games, and that was long enough for the Philadelphia big man to get antsy.

Embiid scored 28 points in his return to the lineup and the 76ers topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-112 in overtime Tuesday night to stop a four-game losing streak.

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Nuggets hand Pistons 7th straight loss

DETROIT (AP) The Denver Nuggets decided before Tuesday's game in Detroit that the safest approach was to give Nikola Jokic at least one more night off before bringing him back from injury.

It turned out to be a wise decision.

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Nets blow lead, then get past Wizards

NEW YORK (AP) Allen Crabbe had missed his last six 3-point attempts when he had another shot with the game on the line. A 40 percent career 3-point shooter, he just shrugged at his previous failures and let another one go that proved to be decisive.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert each scored 16 points, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame blowing a double-digit second-half lead and took advantage of a costly mistake by the Washington Wizards in the final seconds to pull out a 103-98 victory Tuesday night.

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Hornets C Zeller to undergo knee surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

The team says the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.

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