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Wizards have 5th straight game postponed

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MIAMI (AP) The Washington Wizards are now assured of going at least 11 days between games, after yet another postponement while the team deals with COVID-19 issues.

The Wizards' game that was scheduled to be played Wednesday in Charlotte is now off, the NBA said Monday. That is the 14th postponement since Jan. 10 - and no team has had more games called off than the Wizards.

Washington has seen five consecutive games pushed back, and the earliest the Wizards will play again is Friday at Milwaukee. The Wizards revealed late last week that six players were positive for COVID-19 and three others were ruled out because contact tracing said they may have been exposed to the virus.


Irving out again as Nets host Bucks

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving will miss a seventh straight game when the Brooklyn Nets host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

The Nets hoped their point guard would be able to return for the showdown against the Eastern Conference powers, listing him as questionable in Sunday's injury report. Irving was downgraded to out on Monday afternoon.


Cavs to part ways with troubled Porter

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are moving on from troubled and talented forward Kevin Porter Jr., a person familiar with his standing with the team told The Associated Press on Monday.

The Cavs will either trade or release Porter, who has not played for them this season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.


Lakers host Warriors looking to stay hot

The Los Angeles Lakers hope to vent three years' worth of holiday frustration on the visiting Golden State Warriors when the Pacific Division powers of recent years go head-to-head Monday in the nightcap of the NBA's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

The Lakers will be playing on the holiday for the fourth consecutive year. They've gone winless in the previous three, thumped by a total of 60 points by Memphis, Golden State and Boston.


Nuggets' Porter likely out again vs. OKC

DENVER (AP) The struggling Denver Nuggets are expected to be without Michael Porter Jr. for a 10th straight game Tuesday night against Oklahoma City because of coronavirus protocols.

Coach Michael Malone said after practice Monday that Porter could join the team on their five-game trip that begins Friday in Phoenix.


Capela, Hunter propel Hawks past Wolves

ATLANTA (AP) Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds, De'Andre Hunter scored 25 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97 on Monday.

The Hawks, wearing black, tan and white uniforms with "MLK" sewn across the chest to commemorate the national holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., snapped a two-game skid. They had dropped six of seven.


Barrett, Randle lead Knicks past Magic

NEW YORK (AP) Elfrid Payton's words at the podium Monday had to be sweet music to the ears of New York Knicks coaches and executives.

"We're not satisfied," Payton said after the Knicks' 91-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday.


76ers short on players, game at OKC off

Another NBA game was called off Sunday because of coronavirus concerns, and the Memphis Grizzlies said center Jonas Valanciunas will not play Monday because of the league's health and safety protocols.

The NBA said the Philadelphia at Oklahoma City game, scheduled for Sunday night, could not be played because the 76ers did not "have the league-required eight available players to proceed" because of contact tracing.


Clippers rout Pacers, extend streak to 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) Marcus Morris scored a season-high 20 points to lead seven players in double figures, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Indiana Pacers 129-96 on Sunday night for their first four-game winning streak of the season.

With sharpshooter Lou Williams sidelined, Morris came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers, tying his season-high. He was coming off an 18-point performance at Sacramento on Friday. The Clippers made 19 of 39 from long-range, outdueling the Pacers, who were 11 of 38.


Bulls roll by Mavs to end 4-game skid

DALLAS (AP) Lauri Markkanen had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Garrett Temple scored 15 of his season-high 21 points in the second quarter and the Chicago Bulls ended a four-game losing streak with a 117-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Dallas star Luka Doncic passed Michael Jordan on the career list with his 29th triple-double, finishing with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists, including a behind-the-back pass to Willie Cauley-Stein for a dunk. Doncic is tied with Grant Hill for 15th place.

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