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Mavs top Spurs, spoil Leonard's debut

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DALLAS (AP) Kawhi Leonard strolled to the locker room late in third quarter, just as J.J. Barea was starting a Dallas rally that spoiled the season debut of San Antonio's star forward.

The minutes restriction was up for Leonard after he missed the first 27 games with a right quadriceps injury, so there wasn't anything he could do in the fourth quarter about Barea and the last-place Mavericks ending another four-game winning streak for the Spurs.

Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and alley-oop dunk partner Dwight Powell had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Mavericks' 95-89 win on Tuesday night.


Cavaliers hit 20 3s to cruise by Hawks

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James always takes pride in being efficient. His numbers Tuesday night were several steps beyond that.

James had 25 points and tied a career-high with 17 assists, as Cleveland defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123-114 - the Cavaliers' 15th win in 16 games.


Porzingis' 37 get Knicks by Lakers in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Lonzo Ball was having a dazzling stretch, every basket bringing his father farther and farther off his courtside seat for an emphatic celebration.

By the end, the New York Knicks were the ones celebrating.


Embiid returns with 28 in 76ers' OT win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joel Embiid was a spectator for two games, and that was long enough for the Philadelphia big man to get antsy.

Embiid scored 28 points in his return to the lineup and the 76ers topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-112 in overtime Tuesday night to stop a four-game losing streak.


Nuggets hand Pistons 7th straight loss

DETROIT (AP) The Denver Nuggets decided before Tuesday's game in Detroit that the safest approach was to give Nikola Jokic at least one more night off before bringing him back from injury.

It turned out to be a wise decision.


Nets blow lead, then get past Wizards

NEW YORK (AP) Allen Crabbe had missed his last six 3-point attempts when he had another shot with the game on the line. A 40 percent career 3-point shooter, he just shrugged at his previous failures and let another one go that proved to be decisive.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert each scored 16 points, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame blowing a double-digit second-half lead and took advantage of a costly mistake by the Washington Wizards in the final seconds to pull out a 103-98 victory Tuesday night.


Hornets C Zeller to undergo knee surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

The team says the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.


Randolph's surge leads Kings past Suns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) From the moment he signed with the Kings last offseason, Zach Randolph fully embraced his role as a veteran mentor in the locker room for a mostly young team.

Sacramento's 36-year-old power forward is still getting it done on the court, too. And in crunch time, no less.


George ready for boos in Indiana return

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George knows the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse well enough to expect a rude reception when he returns for the first time.

George spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, and the four-time All-Star helped them reach the Eastern Conference Finals twice. After last season, George's camp made it clear Indiana didn't figure into his long-term plans, so the disappointed Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis rather than risk getting nothing in return for him.


Pelicans' Allen sidelined 3-4 weeks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Tony Allen has been diagnosed with a fibula fracture in his left leg and is expected to miss three to four weeks.

The 6-foot-4 Allen, whose injury was announced on Tuesday, has appeared in 22 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.

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