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Cavs not planning any changes amid slump

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair.

While he was cool, Lue's seat has warmed up.

With the Cavs mired in a bewildering midseason slump and less than 24 hours after a historically embarrassing loss to Oklahoma City, Lue said he has no immediate plans to change his starting lineup or rotations. Cleveland fans may be panicking, Lue's not nervous.

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Magic overcome Irving's 40 to top Celts

BOSTON (AP) After a near-miss in their last game, the Orlando Magic were rewarded for another solid effort.

Elfrid Payton had 22 points and the Magic won for just the third time in their last 20 games, overcoming Kyrie Irving's 40 points to beat the Boston Celtics 103-95 on Sunday.

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Rockets end Warriors' 14-game road run

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden felt closer to normal after struggling in his first game back from a hamstring injury, and the Houston Rockets got a big game from Chris Paul to down the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Paul scored 33 points with 11 rebounds, Harden bested Stephen Curry twice in the final seconds and the Rockets held off the Warriors 116-108 to snap their 14-game road winning streak.

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Bucks' Antetokounmpo to miss 2 games

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Milwaukee Bucks leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the next two games to rest a sore right knee.

The Bucks announced Saturday that the All-Star would sit out the game at Philadelphia and Monday's home game against Phoenix. That will give Antetokounmpo eight days off before his planned return Friday at home against Brooklyn.

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Without Butler, Wolves storm by Raptors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There was no Jimmy Butler, practically no Karl-Anthony Towns in the first half, and the visiting Toronto Raptors were shooting 54 percent.

These are the types of games the Minnesota Timberwolves of the last few years didn't win. This season's revamped team is showing the toughness needed to compete with the league's top teams.

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Down 5 late, Heat rally to stun Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kelly Olynyk thought he was fouled. Dwight Howard clearly disagreed.

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford was more concerned about the way his Hornets "butchered" the fourth quarter.

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Embiid gets 76ers by short-handed Bucks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's only January, yet Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his team keeping an eye on the standings.

"He mentioned that we could jump to sixth (in the Eastern Conference) if we won," guard Ben Simmons said. "Obviously, it was a big game, and we did a really good job of closing it out."

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Jazz snap Clippers' 6-game win streak

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The offensively challenged Utah Jazz found a way to score points in droves Saturday night.

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and helped Utah close out a 125-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers with their second-highest point total this season.

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Holiday, Cousins lead Pelicans by Griz

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jrue Holiday dunked as he was fouled by Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks, and that was the first sign the less heralded member of the Pelicans' "Big Three" was about to take over.

Holiday made Memphis pay for trying to lock down All-Star big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, following his dunk with a pair of layups on penetrating dribble drives, then adding floaters from five and 12 feet.

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Lillard's 31 lift Blazers past Mavericks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard tried to make a final statement as the NBA All-Star roster deadline nears.

The Portland guard hit his first nine shots - including seven 3-pointers - and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.

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