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Walker has 31, Hornets top reeling Suns

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets appear to playing their best basketball of the season heading down the homestretch.

The big question will be whether it's a case of too little, too late.

Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Hornets beat the Suns 120-106 on Sunday for their fourth victory in the last five games. The only loss during that stretch came on a close defeat Saturday night to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Hawks fall to Nets as slide reaches 7

ATLANTA (AP) Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss.

Lopez became the Nets' career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams, made when he sank a 10-foot jumper with less than five minutes remaining.


Wall's 37 points lead Wizards by Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James yanked off the tinted googles protecting his injured eye and flung them away.

His vision was clear.


Noah banned 20 games for drug violation

Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks was suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, the league said Saturday.


Raptors down Mavs, secure playoff spot

DALLAS (AP) The Toronto Raptors have been the NBA's comeback kids this season, though they're just as comfortable playing from ahead.

They're also getting comfortable representing the Eastern Conference in the playoffs.


Clips beat Jazz to clinch playoff berth

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers lost a 16-point lead in the third quarter and their tempers went with it.

Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul were whistled for technical fouls and suddenly, Utah had made a game of it.


McCollum has 32 in surging Blazers' win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) CJ McCollum seems to have a knack for playing well against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

McCollum had 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their push for the playoffs with a 112-100 victory on Saturday night.


Leonard, Aldridge lift Spurs past Knicks

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Even with a difficult schedule ahead, the San Antonio Spurs refused to overlook the New York Knicks.

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Knicks 106-98 on Saturday night.


Curry, Green help Warriors' run hit 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) On a night when the Warriors were uncharacteristically off while shooting from the perimeter, they made up for it with the type of ball movement that has become the norm for coach Steve Kerr's team.

With the regular-season winding down, it's just another encouraging sign for a Golden State squad trying to secure home-court advantage through the playoffs.


Harden has 38, leads Rockets by Pelicans

HOUSTON (AP) After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night.

However, they weren't celebrating it.

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