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Clippers beat OKC for seventh win in row

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Oklahoma City 108-101 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive victory and second straight over the Thunder.

Serge Ibaka added 17 points. At 13-4, the Clippers are tied with the Lakers for the best record in the NBA. Leonard's total was one off his season high to go with nine rebounds and eight assists. He had 31 points in LA's 14-point win over the Thunder on Friday night.

"On a night when we weren't making shots, it was a good, tough, grind-out win for us," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. "Kawhi had it going so we played through him a lot, especially in the second half. We had to ride him pretty hard just so we could continue to keep the lead."


Wizards fall in return from 13-day pause

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Washington struggled offensively and suffered some communication breakdowns defensively in crucial situations, but Wizards coach Scott Brooks could forgive those lapses.

After being unable to play for two weeks, Brooks and the Wizards were simply happy to be back on the court.


Hornets' Hayward has 39, winning layup

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) With the game on the line, the Charlotte Hornets got the ball right where they had worked on in practice a day earlier. Gordon Hayward delivered - just as he did most of Sunday night.

Hayward broke a tie by converting a layup with 0.7 seconds left and scored 39 points in Charlotte's 107-104 comeback victory over the Orlando Magic.


Brown helps Celtics rout Cavs, end skid

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday night by cruising to a 141-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kemba Walker added 21 points, Daniel Theis scored 17, Carsen Edwards had 15 and Marcus Smart had 12 for Boston, which posted a season high in points in a half, taking a 73-51 edge into intermission. Brown played just 19 minutes.


Bucks handle Hawks to end 2-game skid

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 14 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-115 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Antetokounmpo had eight assists, finishing two shy of a triple-double.


Lillard has 39, Blazers hold off Knicks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard had 39 points, including six 3-pointers, and the rested Portland Trail Blazers jumped out early against the New York Knicks on the way to a 116-113 victory on Sunday night.

Anfernee Simons added 16 points off the bench for the Blazers, who led by as many as 25 points before seeing their advantage slip away in the final quarter.


Anunoby scores 30 as Raptors down Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Toronto coach Nick Nurse knew needed somebody to replace the scoring void left by two missing All-Stars.

OG Anunoby delivered with jab after jab Sunday.


Grizzlies have sixth game postponed

The Washington Wizards are finally back. The Memphis Grizzlies aren't ready yet.

Washington played at San Antonio on Sunday night, the Wizards' first game in 13 days after seeing six players test positive for COVID-19 and three others having to miss several days following contact tracing.


Heat to use COVID-sniffing dogs on fans

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat are bringing back some fans, with help from some dogs.

The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games. They've been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team has allowed a handful of guests - mostly friends and family of players and staff.


Jazz win 8th in row, Curry passes Miller

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Utah Jazz routed the Golden State Warriors 127-108 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.

Stephen Curry made five 3-pointers for the Warriors to give him 2,562 in his career - passing Reggie Miller for second place in NBA history. Ray Allen is first with 2,973.