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Blazers beat Clips for 13th straight win

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Maurice Harkless thinks he sees something pleasantly repetitive about the Portland Trail Blazers' 13-game winning streak.

"Every time a team tries to go on a run, we always bounce back," Harkless said.

There was more of that Sunday night, with the Blazers jumping out to double-digits leads and the desperate Los Angeles Clippers trying to put a run together, only for Portland to bounce back and roll to a 122-109 victory.


Westbrook 37-14-13; Raptors' run ends

TORONTO (AP) Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan praised his team's poise following a hard-fought road win over the streaking Raptors.

Toronto, meanwhile, found it harder to stay calm and collected after some controversial calls down the stretch.


Harden has 34 as Rockets hold off Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For the Houston Rockets, finally facing a challenge from Minnesota and a hostile crowd on the road was a good test to prepare for the postseason.

The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are left holding on for dear life in a tightening playoff race.


Davis leads Pelicans by banged-up Celts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis picked up his dribble along the baseline and pulled up for a tough, 14-foot fallaway as he was fouled by Celtics rookie Abdel Nader.

As the shot fell through to cap another big night for the Pelicans' All-Star, the crowd rose to its feet and Davis exchanged high-fives with fans along the sideline before making his foul shot. It seemed a fitting punctuation to the type of performance New Orleans will continue to need to survive a tight Western Conference playoff race.


Butler could return before season ends

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season, if he continues to stay on track with his rehabilitation from surgery on his right knee.

He's predictably having a hard time sitting and waiting.


Pelicans' Gentry fined for ripping refs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating following New Orleans' 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday night.

The punishment was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.


Jazz defeat Kings for ninth straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz struggled from long range. They were on at the free-throw line.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, and the Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.


LeBron's 33-12-12 help Cavs edge Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) As he exited the court, LeBron James brought a young fan to tears.

The Cavaliers' superstar made the boy's night by tossing him his sweat-soaked arm sleeve on the way to the locker room. As for the Bulls? All he gave them was more misery.


Beal, Gortat lead Wizards over Pacers

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards delivered in a big game in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Beal scored 19 points, Marcin Gortat had 18 and the Wizards beat the Pacers 109-102 on Saturday night in a possible postseason preview.


Green leads depleted Warriors over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Even with Golden State's Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson on the sidelines, the Phoenix Suns couldn't beat the Warriors.

Quinn Cook did his best Curry imitation, scoring 16 of his career-high 28 points in a dominant third quarter, and the severely depleted Warriors handed the Suns their eighth straight loss and 23rd in 25 games, 124-109 on Saturday night.