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Jokic seeking 5th straight triple-double

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Nikola Jokic has been playing at a different level than everyone else. The reigning MVP leads the NBA in triple-doubles this season with 11 and got his fourth straight Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The problem is Jokic's team isn't playing as well as he has been. The Denver Nuggets have lost two of their last three games and have struggled when Jokic comes out of the game.

That may change, however. Denver traded for sharpshooter Bryn Forbes earlier this week and signed DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract on Friday. Forbes made his Nuggets debut in Friday's loss to Memphis and Cousins may play his first game for them Sunday night when the Detroit Pistons are in town.


Warriors host Jazz in West showdown

Stephen Curry will be riding the moment of one of his career highlights Sunday night when the Golden State Warriors host the Utah Jazz in a battle of Western Conference heavyweights.

The game tips off a rugged stretch for both teams as they attempt to turn things around after a rough patch of late.


Barrett's big game leads Knicks by Clips

NEW YORK (AP) RJ Barrett had 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-102 on Sunday.

Julius Randle had 24 points and nine rebounds, helping New York stop a three-game slide. Evan Fournier made four of the Knicks' 16 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.


Suns beat Pacers, tie best 45-game start

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker wound up for a celebratory windmill dunk in the final minute, but misjudged it badly. The ball clanged off the back of the rim and ricocheted downcourt as the home crowd groaned.

The Phoenix Suns' star guard retreated with a sheepish grin.


Middleton lifts Bucks with Giannis out

MILWAUKEE (AP) One night after overcoming a defensive struggle to beat the Chicago Bulls, the Milwaukee Bucks unleashed their offense on the Sacramento Kings.

The end result was the same, with the Bucks claiming a 133-127 victory Saturday night behind the play of veterans Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. Middleton finished with a game-high 34 points and Holiday added 26 as the Bucks won without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat out with right knee soreness.


Garland, Mobley lead Cavaliers past OKC

CLEVELAND (AP) Darius Garland collected 23 points and 11 assists, and rookie Evan Mobley had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to power the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-87 on Saturday night.

Jarrett Allen added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which built a 74-57 lead in the third quarter and never allowed the Thunder to pull closer than six points in the fourth. The Cavaliers have won six of their last seven.


Unseld out of protocols, set to return

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. is out of health and safety protocols and available to be on the sideline Sunday against the Boston Celtics.

Unseld said Saturday he felt good. He said he had mild symptoms after his positive test.


Holiday advised Lillard on core surgery

During the Tokyo Olympics, when Damian Lillard's abdominal injury flared up, Jrue Holiday suggested it was time for surgery.

Lillard finally took his fellow Olympian's advice and had the procedure Jan. 13. The Trail Blazers' star point guard spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since the injury sidelined him on Jan. 3.


Bulls G Caruso sidelined by broken wrist

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso will have surgery next week to repair his broken right wrist after he was taken down by Grayson Allen during the third quarter of Friday night's 94-90 loss at Milwaukee.

The team said Caruso will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks. It's another tough blow for Chicago (28-16) after it announced Thursday that guard Lonzo Ball needs arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.


Clips rally, overcome Embiid's 40 in win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers lost the lead - and then their cool.

Reggie Jackson scored 19 points, including two free throws with 18.2 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 24-point second-half deficit to beat Joel Embiid and Philadelphia 102-101 on Friday night.

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