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Rockets top Warriors without ill Harden

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even without NBA scoring leader James Harden, the Houston Rockets took it to Golden State from the very start.

Eric Gordon scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Chris Paul converted two free throws with 1:08 left on the way to 23, and the Rockets outplayed the Warriors without the ill Harden for a 118-112 victory Saturday night.

Stephen Curry's 3 with 1:57 to play pulled the Warriors to 114-108 and his two free throws at 1:26 made it a four-point game before Houston came through at the line.


Davis sits, Pelicans defeat Lakers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The boos showering the court when LeBron James handled the basketball left little doubt that fans in New Orleans suspect the Lakers star had something to do with why the Pelicans are cutting playing time for healthy All-Star Anthony Davis - and sitting him out entirely when possible.

James, however, was far more concerned about the performance of his own teammates.


Russell's 40 lift Nets over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Six days after his first All-Star appearance, D'Angelo Russell believes his confidence is at an all-time high.

"For sure, because I feel like when you have that All-Star badge, you have to be aggressive," Russell said. "Teams expect it already, they game plan for you and they are trying to stop you - and I feel like I can't be stopped."


Red-hot Bucks pull away from Wolves

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton scored 28 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks pulled away for a 140-128 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

The Bucks (45-14) have won 10 of 11 and 16 of 18 to move a season-high 31 games over .500. With their latest win, they surpassed last season's victory total.


LaVine's 42 help Bulls pay back Celtics

CHICAGO (AP) The last time they played Boston, the Chicago Bulls walked off the court with the most lopsided loss in franchise history and little signs of hope.

Consider this quite a change.


Young, Pacers hold on to beat Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Hardened by the loss of their best player, the Pacers keep doing whatever it takes to win.

Saturday night, that meant overcoming their own mistakes and two late Wizards rallies.


Hield scores 34 as Kings top Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Sacramento Kings finally got that big win they've been looking for.

After two-point losses to the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets - the top two teams in the Western Conference - in their previous two games, the Kings were left frustrated.


Nurkic leads Blazers by depleted 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence.

Nurkic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Kanter had 16 and eight, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 130-115 on Saturday.


Pistons top Heat, rise to 7th in East

MIAMI (AP) If there's been an area of concern for Detroit coach Dwane Casey in this playoff push, it's been the play of the Pistons' second unit.

The concern was unfounded Saturday.


Love drops 32, Cavs win second straight

CLEVELAND (AP) �� Kevin Love is having fun in his return to the basketball court.

After a season of losing streaks, injuries and trades, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally are, too.

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