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Rockets beat Pelicans for 21st win in 22

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) James Harden's craftiness in the clutch ignited Houston's offense - as well as Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's temper.

Harden had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Rockets won for the 21st time in 22 games, beating New Orleans 107-101 on Saturday night.

Harden's highlights included his usual array of explosive drives and pull-up jumpers, including a 27-foot, straight-on 3 that put the Rockets up by nine with 1:31 left. He also drew a foul on a missed 3-pointer in which he threw his arms forward toward Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday as he went up for the shot with 5:39 left.


Jazz defeat Kings for ninth straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz struggled from long range. They were on at the free-throw line.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, and the Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.


Lillard, Blazers get eighth straight win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard says Portland's current streak is more about the Blazers than their opponents.

Lillard had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons 100-87 on Saturday night for their 12th straight victory.


LeBron's 33-12-12 help Cavs edge Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) As he exited the court, LeBron James brought a young fan to tears.

The Cavaliers' superstar made the boy's night by tossing him his sweat-soaked arm sleeve on the way to the locker room. As for the Bulls? All he gave them was more misery.


Aldridge's 39 lead Spurs past Wolves

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Spurs are enjoying a resurgence after a rough stretch where the team lost its confidence while blowing late leads and uncharacteristically struggling defensively.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 39 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio overcame a sluggish start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-101 on Saturday night for its third straight win.


Beal, Gortat lead Wizards over Pacers

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards delivered in a big game in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Beal scored 19 points, Marcin Gortat had 18 and the Wizards beat the Pacers 109-102 on Saturday night in a possible postseason preview.


Green leads depleted Warriors over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Even with Golden State's Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson on the sidelines, the Phoenix Suns couldn't beat the Warriors.

Quinn Cook did his best Curry imitation, scoring 16 of his career-high 28 points in a dominant third quarter, and the severely depleted Warriors handed the Suns their eighth straight loss and 23rd in 25 games, 124-109 on Saturday night.


Grizzlies stun Nuggets, end 19-game skid

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks - lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20 and the Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.


Giannis' 33-12 help Bucks hold off Hawks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks pushed the pace and kept their composure late in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta Hawks struggled to regain their footing in the closing minutes after their best ball-handler fouled out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates capitalized for a 122-117 win on Saturday.


Knicks rout Hornets to end 9-game slide

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks stopped their slide with an impressive performance on both sides of the court.

Especially in the third quarter.

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