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Rockets' Harden unsure to face Warriors

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The Houston Rockets have had the Golden State Warriors' number this season. However, when the teams meet on Saturday, the Rockets may not have the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player.

Houston guard James Harden is listed as questionable for the game in Oakland, Calif., because of a cervical neck strain. Harden was bothered by soreness Thursday during the Rockets' 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was seen receiving treatment to the neck and right shoulder during the contest.

The Rockets have used different means to beat the two-time defending champs in their first two head-to-heads since Golden State prevailed in a seven-game conference finals last May.


Nurkic leads Blazers by depleted 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence.

Nurkic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Kanter had 16 and eight, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 130-115 on Saturday.


Harden fined $25K for criticizing refs

NEW YORK (AP) Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating.

The NBA announced the penalty Saturday, two days after Harden said he didn't think official Scott Foster should be allowed to work any Rockets games.


George hits winner, OKC tops Utah in 2OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George cut through two defenders, lofted a shot over 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert and waited just like everyone else.

George's high-arching lob fell with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.


Spurs fall as DeRozan returns to Toronto

TORONTO (AP) A crucial turnover brought a sour end to DeMar DeRozan's first game back in Toronto.

Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan to score the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling the former Toronto star's return to Canada.


Wolves beat Knicks with Towns sidelined

NEW YORK (AP) Taj Gibson didn't know when he drove by an accident back in Minnesota that Karl-Anthony Towns had been involved.

Gibson greeted his teammate with a hug when he saw him in New York, relieved Towns was OK.


Jokic, Nuggets beat Mavs as Doncic sits

DALLAS (AP) Nikola Jokic watched a lot of shots go up and come back down in the Denver Nuggets' hands Friday night.

Jokic finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a deep offensive effort, and the Nuggets broke out in the second half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-104.


Harrell has 30, Clippers top Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Danilo Gallinari went on a scoring spree midway through the fourth quarter Friday to make sure the Los Angeles Clippers maintained their hold on the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Gallinari scored 23 points, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter, Montrezl Harrell matched his career high with 30 points, and the Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-106.


Matthews helps Pacers rally by Pelicans

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out, new addition Wesley Matthews has helped the Indiana Pacers adapt.

Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during a third-quarter rally and the Pacers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 126-111 on Friday night.


Griffin ejected as Pistons edge Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) The Detroit Pistons were upset to see Blake Griffin ejected - especially when they believed their best player didn't deserve the punishment.

Even so, the Pistons answered their coach's call to add fuel to their playoff push.

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