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James to 30K, but Spurs top reeling Cavs

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points, then got upstaged by the youngest player on the court.

Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray - a friend and mentee of James - had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals to lift San Antonio over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers 114-102 on Tuesday night.

"He's fearless, he's not impressed," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the 21-year-old. "He really sets the pace for us. He's a fine defender. He's learning how to play the game and doing a fine job."

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Thompson, Green among All-Star reserves

NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of Golden State teammates.

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were chosen as reserves Tuesday, giving the defending NBA champions a record-tying four All-Stars for the second straight year.

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Surging Lakers put Celtics' skid at 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, showing off a spectacular array of big shots and slick passes.

And if Boston's Marcus Smart hadn't missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, it still wouldn't have been enough for a win because the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't hit their free throws down the stretch.

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Warriors use big 2nd half to down Knicks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant mouthed off to official James Williams, got tossed late and might have cost himself another assist during a career night of dishing out the ball.

"I told him he was wrong," Durant said afterward of arguing with Williams in the first half over a carry.

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Westbrook's layup lifts Thunder by Nets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had one goal on the Thunder's final possession: make it to the rim.

The Brooklyn Nets left him just enough space, and the reigning MVP put Oklahoma City over the top once again.

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Temple's 34 help Kings end 8-game slide

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Garrett Temple took over in the fourth quarter and led the struggling Sacramento Kings to a big win.

Temple scored 19 of his career-high 34 points in the final quarter to lift the Kings to a 105-99 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

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Bryant's short film nominated for Oscar

LOS ANGELES (AP) Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one - at the Oscars.

Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for "Dear Basketball," based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.

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Bucks fire Kidd after recent slide

MILWAUKEE (AP) Seeking change amid midseason struggles, the Milwaukee Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday after a slide that left a team with designs on challenging the NBA's best in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

It was a surprising end to Kidd's three-plus-season tenure in Milwaukee, during which the Bucks made the playoffs twice, exiting in the first round each time. Giannis Antetokounmpo turned into an All-Star under his watch, and the Bucks were considered an emerging force in the East at the start of the season.

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Cousins' 44-24-10 lift Pelicans in 2OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) DeMarcus Cousins considered the most impressive statistical night of his career and only half-jokingly asserted that he was most proud of the stamina he needed to log a career high of more than 51 minutes on the court.

Cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, Anthony Davis scored 34, and the All-Star pair led a 17-point New Orleans comeback in the final five minutes of regulation before the Pelicans pulled out a 132-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls in double overtime Monday night.

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Wiggins has 40, Wolves fend off Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Playing short-handed, the Minnesota Timberwolves grew up a bit.

Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague added 30 to help them hang on for a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped the Wolves' four-game road skid.

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