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Bucks' Antetokounmpo doubtful for Friday

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MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful for Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained right ankle.

The All-Star forward got hurt in the second quarter of a 127-120 loss on Wednesday to the Los Angeles Clippers when he appeared to trip over teammate Shabazz Muhammad under the Bucks' basket.

Antetokounmpo is fourth in the league in scoring at 27.3 points a game.


Cavs send message with win over Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) The drama has included turmoil and trades, head-scratching losses, infighting, injuries and illness.

Cleveland's stormy season seems extracted from the script of a scandalous TV soap opera - "All My Cavaliers."


Popovich even keel in unusual season

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Gregg Popovich is not changing how he coaches, not after 22 seasons leading the Spurs.

The NBA's most tenured steward is always going to focus on defense. He's always going to dismiss talk of his brilliance because "it's just basketball." And he's not going to overwork his players even though an unprecedented rash of injuries has the Spurs battling for their playoff lives for the first time in two decades.


Bulls' Blakeney to miss rest of season

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say guard Antonio Blakeney will miss the remainder of the season because of a broken bone in his left wrist.

Blakeney was injured in Monday's loss at New York. He scored six points on 3-for-10 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Denver after being listed as questionable. The Bulls say an MRI on Thursday confirmed the fracture.


Howard has 32-30, Hornets rally by Nets

NEW YORK (AP) One of Dwight Howard's close friends wasn't too enthused with the center's effort at halftime. So, he sent him a text message to let him know.

It pushed the Charlotte Hornets star to one of the most dominant performances in NBA history.


Davis, Moore lead Pelicans past Pacers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis stood in front of Indiana's bench, holding up his right arm triumphantly as his tough, 15-foot baseline fade went through to give New Orleans a four-point lead with 53 seconds left.

Davis pushed the advantage to six points with his gritty put-back of Jrue Holiday's missed free throw with 15 seconds left. Then the 25-year-old, five-time All-Star added two more clutch free throws with 7.6 seconds left.


Korver leaves Cavs after brother's death

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.

The team issued a statement late Tuesday night saying Korver's brother, Kirk, died earlier in the day.


76ers roll by Grizzlies, extend run to 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers are closing in on their first playoff berth since 2012, but they're not satisfied with merely making the postseason. So there was no chance they would take lowly Memphis lightly.

Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Dario Saric each had 15 points to pace all five Philadelphia starters in double-figures, and the 76ers continued their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 119-105 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.


Jokic has 21-7-5 as Nuggets crush Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) It started when Nikola Jokic was introduced with Denver's starting lineup, and the cheering continued throughout the night. There were chants of "Serbia! Serbia!"

Jokic felt right at home in Chicago.


Olynyk's 22-10 help Heat rout Knicks

MIAMI (AP) A big lead was slipping away, so the Miami Heat called upon their best offensive option: The 3-point shot.

Just like that, the rout resumed.

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