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Pacers go for 8th win in row, host Cavs

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INDIANAPOLIS -- As far as Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison is concerned, there are several factors responsible for the team's seven-game winning streak.

"We're moving the ball a little better," Collison said. "We're caring about each other, not just about ourselves. Everybody is making the right plays. It comes down to defense. We play defense the way we've been playing, we can get whatever we want on the offensive end."

Shooting guard Victor Oladipo watched the first four games of the winning streak from the bench while sidelined a sore right knee, but has been able to play the past three games.

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Suns waive newly acquired G Rivers

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Austin Rivers, a day after he was obtained in a trade with the Washington Wizards.

In a deal finalized over the weekend and announced Monday, the Suns acquired Rivers and Kelly Oubre from the Wizards in exchange for Trevor Ariza.

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Raptors' Nurse, Hawks G Bazemore fined

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore were fined by the NBA on Tuesday.

Nurse was fined $15,000 for criticizing the referees after a 95-86 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Nurse was upset about a lack of fouls called against players guarding Kawhi Leonard, who had only four free-throw attempts.

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Harden nets 47 as Rockets fend off Jazz

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award.

But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has topped anything the veteran coach has seen from his superstar player.

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Thunder pick up Donovan's 2019-20 option

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their fifth-year option on coach Billy Donovan's contract.

The team announced the move before Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls, which the Thunder won 121-96.

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Indy hires NBA's 1st female assistant GM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have hired Kelly Krauskopf as their new assistant general manager, making her the first woman in league history to hold the title.

Krauskopf has a long history with the franchise.

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Spurs bounce back, blow out 76ers 123-96

SAN ANTONIO (AP) While the San Antonio Spurs search for their identity as a team, Rudy Gay is showing that he has returned to form.

Gay had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each added 20 as San Antonio defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-96 on Monday night.

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Lillard's 39 lift Blazers over Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Trail Blazers cruised to a 15-point lead in the first quarter and were up by 18 early in the fourth. Then things got wild.

They withstood a late rally by the Clippers to win 131-127 on Monday night after Damian Lillard scored 22 of his 39 points in a dominant third period.

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Curry hits 15K points as Warriors roll

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry missed his first three tries from deep, got a little frustrated and forgot about the 10 points he needed for another major milestone.

Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds while adding another accomplishment to his long list, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93 on Monday night.

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George, Westbrook lead Thunder by Bulls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George's performance late in the first half was all the Oklahoma City Thunder needed against Chicago Bulls.

George scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half and the Thunder rolled to a 121-96 victory over the Bulls on Monday night in a chippy game in which both teams were assessed technical fouls following a second-quarter fracas.

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