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Davis scores 55 as Lakers down Wizards

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WASHINGTON (AP) Anthony Davis dazzled so much, he heard fans chanting "MVP!" And that came while playing on the road.

Davis scored 55 points on sizzling 22-of-30 shooting and added 17 rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Lakers over the Washington Wizards 130-119 Sunday night.

After scoring 44 points against Milwaukee in his previous game, Davis came close to his career-high of 59 against Detroit in 2016. He's averaging 35.3 points in his last nine games.


Brown, Tatum help Celtics cool Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Even when Jaylen Brown was pouring in the points early, the Boston Celtics knew they'd need to turn to their defense late.

Then they locked down the Brooklyn Nets, just like they did last spring.


Morant has 21 in 3rd to spark Grizzlies

DETROIT (AP) Ja Morant scored 21 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 122-112 on Sunday night.

"He's a special player and he has a special impact on us winning games," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. "Obviously, he scored 33 points, but he also did a really good job of distributing the basketball. He was huge."


Blazers beat Pacers in Lillard's return

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jerami Grant scored 28 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the Indiana Pacers 116-100 on Sunday night.

Blazers star Damian Lillard scored 21 points and had six assists in his first game since returning from a calf strain he suffered on Nov. 19. He's missed 12 games so far this season.


Alvarado has 38 as Pelicans top Nuggets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jose Alvarado brought fans to their feet repeatedly, and they gleefully sang his name.

Alvarado highlighted a career-high 38-point performance with a career-best eight 3-pointers, and the Pelicans won their fourth straight game by beating the Denver Nuggets 121-106 on Sunday.


Ayton leads Suns to 133-95 rout of Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns overwhelmed San Antonio 133-95 on Sunday, handing the Spurs their 11th straight loss.

San Antonio fell behind by 30 points in the second quarter and is now two losses shy of the franchise's worst skid set in 1989.


Kings overcome LaVine's 41 to beat Bulls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Malik Monk scored 20 points off the bench and the Sacramento Kings overcame Zach LaVine's 41 points to beat the Chicago Bulls 110-101 on Sunday.

Domantas Sabonis had 11 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for the Kings. Sabonis recorded the first Kings triple-double since the 2018-19 season.


Knicks top Cavs to snap 5-game home skid

NEW YORK (AP) Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and the New York Knicks snapped a five-game home losing streak with a 92-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

The Knicks never trailed in the contest as they held an opponent under 100 points for the first time this season.


Cavaliers F Wade could miss 1 month

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Dean Wade could miss one month with a sprained left shoulder, the latest injury for a Cleveland team that has been dealing with them all season.

Wade got hurt in the first half of Friday's win over the Orlando Magic. The Cavaliers said Sunday that imaging tests confirmed the diagnosis of an AC joint sprain. Wade didn't score a point in 10 minutes before getting hurt.


Simons' 45, late block lift Blazers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 45 points and blocked a potential 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-111 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

"I wanted to be aggressive and set the tone for my teammates," Simons said. "Early on, let them know that we are in this game and I'm going to do whatever it takes for us to win it."

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