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Cavs' Korver out again with foot injury

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver will not play Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs because of a left foot injury that sidelined him seven games this month.

Korver only recently returned to the lineup, but says his foot has "never really got all the way right." The shooting specialist has had MRIs, which have not revealed structural damage.

The team says Korver has an inflamed tendon, a problem he has had in years past. He usually treats the injury with rest.


Celtics move into virtual tie atop East

BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics have almost caught Cleveland for the top spot in Eastern Conference. Now they're focused on passing the Cavaliers.

Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Boston beat the Miami Heat 112-108 on Sunday night for its fourth straight victory.


Rockets win despite Westbrook's 39-11-13

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden was Houston's fourth-leading scorer on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

However, it was clear to everyone that he was the key to Houston's victory.


Thompson helps Warriors push run to 7

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Warriors took a big step forward in securing home-court advantage in the playoffs with yet another offensive surge in the second half, keyed by a stifling defense.

More importantly, Golden State put some more distance between itself and a possible first-round matchup against Memphis - one of only two teams to have beaten coach Steve Kerr's squad more than once this season.


Down 18 in 4th, Kings stun Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Willie Cauley-Stein knew who to credit for his first game-winning basket.

"Basketball gods," he said.


Davis, Cousins-less Pelicans rip Nuggets

DENVER (AP) A rousing defensive effort helped the New Orleans Pelicans boost their flickering playoff hopes.

Anthony Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, helping to compensate for the absence of injured DeMarcus Cousins, and New Orleans beat the Denver Nuggets 115-90 on Sunday night.


Blazers move into tie for 8th in West

LOS ANGELES (AP) As their surprising turnaround rolls on, the Portland Trail Blazers are now tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Portland beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on Sunday night to pull even with Denver for eighth place in the West. Both the Blazers and Nuggets are 35-38 with nine games left in the season - and they play each other Tuesday night in Portland.


Walker has 31, Hornets top reeling Suns

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.


Mirotic, Butler carry Bulls past Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jimmy Butler rarely passed up opportunities to share the ball. Nikola Mirotic took advantage of his open shots.

Inspired by unselfish play, the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the second half for a 109-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.


Hawks fall to Nets as slide reaches 7

ATLANTA (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have struggled to protect any lead, especially on the road, while compiling the NBA's worst record.

This time, Brook Lopez and the Nets answered every challenge from Atlanta.

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