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Rockets host Nets riding 6-game streak

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For the opening few minutes of their home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, the Houston Rockets looked the part of a team ranked last in the NBA in turnovers.

The Rockets committed four quick turnovers and were showcasing their primary weakness, one at the root of the 15-game losing skid that dropped them to the bottom of the NBA standings just before Thanksgiving.

Houston has improved in other areas during its current six-game winning streak, but turnovers remain the Rockets' most glaring issue entering a Wednesday matchup with the visiting Brooklyn Nets.


Surging Grizzlies take on slumping Mavs

The Memphis Grizzlies were expected to plummet in the standings after star Ja Morant suffered a left knee sprain almost two weeks ago. Instead, they've become nearly unstoppable.

Memphis has won five straight without leading scorer Morant and looks to maintain its momentum on Wednesday against the visiting Dallas Mavericks, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.


Blazers' McCollum has collapsed lung

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been diagnosed with a collapsed right lung and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said Tuesday.

McCollum was injured in the final quarter of the Blazers' 145-117 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. He was listed as probable with a rib contusion for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, but did not play in the 102-90 loss.


James scores 30 as Lakers handle Celtics

LOS ANGELES (AP) Unlike most of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, Russell Westbrook grew up a Lakers fan who personally understood the yearly importance of their rivalry series with the Boston Celtics.

Leading a dominant victory over the Celtics while wearing the Lakers' gold jersey for the first time clearly made for a special night for the veteran guard.


Bulls’ DeRozan remains in protocol

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan remained in the NBA's health and safety protocols on Tuesday and did not accompany the team to Cleveland.

The Bulls play the Cavaliers on the road Wednesday. DeRozan entered the health and safety protocols a few hours before Monday's win over the Denver Nuggets.


Barrett makes 7 3s, Knicks beat Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) R.J. Barrett made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points, and the New York Knicks snapped a three-game skid, beating the San Antonio Spurs 121-109 on Tuesday night.

"Things may not be going well and, all of a sudden, you take a charge, get to a loose ball, you get a tip from behind, you get a block," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That could ignite you and all of a sudden you get an easy score, a couple of easy buckets and now you find your rhythm and things change quickly in this league. They can go from being terrible to being great real fast and vice versa. You've just got to keep going."


Hawks lose veteran F Hill for season

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Solomon Hill is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, adding to the team's growing lack of depth on the wing.

The Hawks said Wednesday that Hill needs surgery to repair a torn right hamstring tendon. Hill suffered the injury when he slipped and did a split in Sunday's loss to Charlotte.


Embiid has 43, 76ers edge Hornets in OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joel Embiid had a season-high 43 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers held off the short-handed Charlotte Hornets 127-124 in overtime on Monday night.

Tobias Harris returned from a one-game absence due to illness and had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the 76ers shot 52.9% from the field and earned back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 4-6.


Giannis has 27 on 27th b'day, Bucks win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo came back from a two-game absence and scored 27 points on his 27th birthday to help the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 on Monday night.

The two-time MVP made all three of his 3-point attempts and also had 12 rebounds in his return from a sore right calf as the Bucks won for the 10th time in 11 games. He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.


Curry, Wiggins help Warriors rout Magic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry keeps letting it fly from any spot on the floor, and he's suddenly within striking distance of overtaking Ray Allen as the NBA's all-time leader in made 3-pointers.

Curry had seven more 3s on the way to 31 points and eight assists, Andrew Wiggins hit a career-high eight 3s and finished with 28 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 126-95 on Monday night.

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