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76ers host Lakers with Embiid on roll

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Joel Embiid continues to make a strong case for the Most Valuable Player award.

Embiid had 42 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 117-107 on Tuesday. It was his sixth game with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds this season.

Embiid will look to continue his dominance when the Sixers host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

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Booker scores 43, Suns win 8th straight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) When Chris Paul joined Devin Booker on the Phoenix Suns after a trade last season, it wasn't always easy to decide who would be the finisher when games got tight.

These days, it's just intuitive. Such as Wednesday night, when Booker fueled the Suns through three quarters and Paul sealed the deal.

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Lakers sign F Johnson for rest of season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Stanley Johnson for the rest of the season after the Orange County native's strong performances over the past month.

The deal announced Thursday also includes a team option for next season on Johnson, a seven-year NBA veteran.

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Fines levied for Hornets-Raptors scuffle

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has announced Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington and Toronto Raptors forward Justin Champagnie have been fined $15,000 apiece for their roles in an on-court altercation on Tuesday.

On the play before the confrontation, Washington knocked Champagnie to the floor with a hip check. On the next possession, Champagnie shoved Washington in the back, initiating the altercation.

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Sculpture of Bryant placed at crash site

LOS ANGELES (AP) The artist who created a sculpture of Kobe and Gianna "Gigi" Bryant is hoping there will be a permanent site for a memorial.

Southern California artist Dan Medina placed the sculpture on Wednesday at the site of the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, where the NBA legend and his 13-year old daughter died on Jan. 26, 2020. Medina brought the 150-pound piece there before sunrise and removed it at the end of the day.

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Hornets score team-record 158 in rout

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Charlotte coach James Borrego gave his players a simple instruction Wednesday night.

Let it fly.

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Jokic, Rivers help Nuggets hold off Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone sensed his team would play down to a Brooklyn Nets team that was missing three of their best players, including All-Star guard James Harden.

The Nuggets needed Austin Rivers, who scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half, and Nikola Jokic's 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to beat the Nets 124-118 on Wednesday night.

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Cavs put Bucks on notice with 115-99 win

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are legit, and the defending NBA champions now know it, too.

Kevin Love scored 25 points, Cedi Osman added 23 and the Cavs pulled off their most impressive win in what's become a turnaround season, 115-99 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

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Doncic has triple-double in Mavs' win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Luka Doncic had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his sixth triple-double this season, and the Dallas Mavericks led wire-to-wire in a 132-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

It was Doncic's franchise-leading 42nd career triple double. He's one away from matching Fat Lever for 10th on the NBA all-time list.

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Robinson hits 7 3s as Heat down Knicks

MIAMI (AP) Duncan Robinson scored 25 points while shooting 7 of 11 from 3-point range, leading four Miami players with 20 or more points in the Heat's 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Tyler Herro scored 21 and P.J. Tucker had 20 for the Eastern Division-leading Heat, who have won eight of 10.

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