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Harden has 32, triple-double in debut

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NEW YORK (AP) James Harden and Kevin Durant needed a little while to remember how to play together again.

Once they did, the Brooklyn Nets really got rolling - and they might still get to another gear when Kyrie Irving rejoins them.

"The sooner we can be on the court together, it's going to be scary hours," Harden said.


Pacers' LeVert out for mass on kidney

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Caris LeVert's debut with the Indiana Pacers has been put on hold indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney.

President of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard made the announcement Saturday, three days after LeVert became part of a blockbuster, four-team deal that sent perennial All-Star James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo to the Houston Rockets.


Morant has 17 in return, Grizzlies win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant returned to the Memphis lineup after missing eight games with an ankle injury and scored 17 points, leading the Grizzlies to a 106-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Morant, who sprained his left ankle Dec. 28 at Brooklyn, added six assists. Rookie Xavier Tillman added 15 points and Grayson Allen had 12 as the Grizzlies won their fourth straight game.


Lillard has 36, McCollum sprains foot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 36 points and the Portland Trail Blazers rebounded from a first-half deficit to beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-106 on Saturday night.

Enes Kanter added 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks for the Blazers, who have won five of their last six. Guard CJ McCollum left the game at halftime because of a left foot sprain, but coach Terry Stotts said afterward that X-Rays had ruled out more serious injury.


Spurs rally past undermanned Rockets

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio couldn't match the intensity of the short-handed Houston Rockets for three quarters, yet a strong finish by the Spurs was enough to snap a four-game home losing streak.

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Dejounte Murray had 18 points and 10 rebounds and San Antonio rallied to beat an eight-man Houston squad 103-91 on Saturday.


Raptors use late FTs to beat Hornets

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Raptors got another big lift from their bench and won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Chris Boucher, Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Fleet converted eight straight free throws in the final two minutes Saturday night, helping Toronto beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-113.


Pistons dominate 3rd quarter, down Heat

MIAMI (AP) The Detroit Pistons had their most dominant quarter in nearly two years. And last season's NBA Finals trip for the Miami Heat suddenly seems long ago.

Jerami Grant scored 24 points, Derrick Rose had 23 off the bench and the Pistons - the team with the NBA's worst record - came into Miami and beat the Heat 120-100 on Saturday night, sending the reigning Eastern Conference champions to a third consecutive loss.


Towns says he tested positive for COVID

Another three NBA games were postponed Friday, including one in Minnesota only a couple hours before game time, as the league's struggle with increasing coronavirus numbers continued

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NBA fines Irving $50K for health breach

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has become a costly one.

The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday - though he won't play in the Nets' game that night.

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