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Davis has 44, LeBron passes Magic in win

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Anthony Davis and LeBron James tore apart the NBA's top-rated defense and gave Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham a triumphant return to Milwaukee.

Davis scored a season-high 44 points and James passed Magic Johnson on the NBA's career assists list Friday night in the Lakers' thrilling 133-129 victory over the Bucks.

It marked Ham's first game in Milwaukee since taking over as Lakers coach after working as an assistant on Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer's staff from 2018-22.


Heat beat Celts in OT as Butler returns

BOSTON (AP) Bam Adebayo scored 28 points, Tyler Herro had 26 and the Miami Heat completed a split of two games in Boston, beating the Celtics 120-116 on Friday night after Jaylen Brown banked in a long 3-pointer to force overtime.

Heat leading scorer Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup and had 25 points in 36 minutes after missing the previous seven games with a sore right knee. He added 15 rebounds.


Irving leads Nets to 4th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 27 points and the Brooklyn Nets built a huge lead before beating the Toronto Raptors 114-105 on Friday night.

Kevin Durant had 17 points and Nic Claxton chipped in 15 for the Nets, who have won four consecutive games and seven of 10.


Murray has 34 to lift short-handed Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Dejounte Murray scored 34 points, rookie A.J. Griffin tied a career high with 24 subbing for injured Trae Young and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night.

"I think we just showed how deep we are," Murray said. "Young talent and bunch of hard-working guys. We had three key guys out, three starters, and it's hard to win games in this league like that, especially playing a team like that that's feeling each other. Obviously their record shows what they've been doing this season."


Poole hits 7 3s, Warriors hold off Bulls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Poole came off the bench to score 30 points with a season-high seven 3-pointers to take some pressure off Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-111 on Friday night.

Zach LaVine's 3-pointer with 2:27 to play got Chicago within 110-109 before Draymond Green answered from deep moments later on the other end.


Rockets rally from 16 down to stun Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Jalen Green sccored 30 points to jolt the Houston Rockets' offense and even managed to slow down the scorching Devin Booker - at least a little.

The result was a stunning 122-121 victory over the Phoenix Suns that featured a 16-point comeback in the second half and a white-knuckle final possession that included four missed shots for the Suns.


Zion's 30 and 15 power Pelicans by Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Zion Williamson scored 30 points and matched a career high with 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans rolled to a 117-99 victory Friday night over the San Antonio Spurs, who were without coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs had a plan to defend Williamson, but stopping the 6-foot-6, 285-pound forward is another story.


Bucks' Middleton shows no rust in return

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton initially said that making his 2022-23 debut in his return from offseason wrist surgery felt great.

Then he quickly corrected himself.


Mitchell helps Cavs move to 10-1 at home

CLEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points and Evan Mobley had 19 points and 13 rebounds, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Mitchell poured in 16 points in the first nine minutes, outscoring Orlando himself by one, and the Cavaliers never relinquished control. Cleveland eventually led by 20 in winning for the 10th time in 11 home games this season.


Morant, Jackson get Grizzlies by 76ers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant had 28 points and eight rebounds, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 22 points and four blocks - one in the closing minute - and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-109 on Friday night.

Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points to help Memphis win for third time in four games.

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