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Nets get Big 3 back together, beat Bulls

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NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden were on the floor together for the first time in three months.

Barely two minutes later, they were back on the bench for a timeout, looking up a 12-0 deficit on the scoreboard.

The Brooklyn Nets shook off that slow start Saturday, beat the Chicago Bulls 105-91 and remained confident there's enough time to turn into the team they expect.

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James returns, helps guide Lakers to win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Los Angles Lakers coach Frank Vogel liked what he saw of LeBron James' return

"It is going to take time to get his timing back to 100%, but for most of the game he looked good," Vogel said. "He looked like his old self again."

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Kobe, Garnett, Duncan enter Hall of Fame

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Vanessa Bryant took Michael Jordan's hand and walked down from the stage, a familiar chant breaking out throughout the arena as she made her way back to her seat.

"Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!" the crowd shouted.

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Suns stay alive for West's top seed

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Devin Booker had 27 points and the Phoenix Suns maintained their hope of earning the top spot in the NBA and Western Conference with a 140-103 victory over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

"It was important for us," Phoenix forward Dario Saric said. "Even the game tomorrow is more important. We need to finish the regular season the right way."

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Bucks beat Heat, 2nd seed still possible

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton and Bryn Forbes each scored 21 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 122-108 on Saturday night in a potential first-round playoff series preview.

Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine.

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Randle leads Knicks past Hornets in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Julius Randle had 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and led an overtime surge that sent the New York Knicks past the Charlotte Hornets 118-109 on Saturday.

Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Knicks, who improved to 40-31 and moved into a tie with the idle Atlanta Hawks for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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Popovich misses game for Duncan at HOF

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Gregg Popovich took Saturday off, for good reason. There was no way he was going to miss Tim Duncan's enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Spurs played Saturday afternoon without their head coach, after Popovich made the decision to fly to Connecticut to see Duncan - with whom he won five NBA championships - officially go into the Hall alongside Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and six others.

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Tatum, Celtics cruise past Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the short-handed Boston Celtics cruised to a 124-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Evan Fournier added 18 points and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Six Celtics scored in double-figures as Boston snapped its four-game losing streak.

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76ers roll to clinch top seed in East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid and the 76ers are happy to have earned home-court advantage for the playoffs - but they are a long way from their goal.

Seth Curry scored 20 points, Embiid had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Philadelphia clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 122-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

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Mavs defeat Raptors, secure top 6 finish

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks no longer have to worry about that NBA play-in tournament. They are guaranteed a top-six finish in the Western Conference.

"That's great. ... When we were in the 12th or 13th spot, everybody had us out of the playoffs," Doncic said. "But now we've made the playoffs. We're going to have a couple of days off, and that's what we needed."

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