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Harden out against Warriors with flu

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) James Harden is sitting out the Houston Rockets' game against the Golden State Warriors because of flu-like symptoms.

While Harden also has a strained neck, coach Mike D'Antoni said the reigning MVP and league scoring leader probably could have played through that. Harden hurt the neck when he got hit during a practice leading up to Thursday night's road loss to the Lakers and woke up sore the next day.

"He might've played even with a sore neck, he had a little touch of the flu. It was a combination of everything," D'Antoni said.


Davis sits, Pelicans defeat Lakers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jrue Holiday hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points while Anthony Davis watched from the bench, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 128-115 on Saturday night.

Former Laker Julius Randle had 24 points for the Pelicans, who looked in sync and motivated as they slowed LeBron James and the Lakers' push to qualify for the playoffs.


Russell's 40 lift Nets over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) D'Angelo Russell tied a career high with 40 points and made some huge shots down the stretch, and the Brooklyn Nets picked up an important 117-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

The victory kept the Nets alone in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and gives them 2-1 edge in the series entering Friday night's game at Brooklyn.


Young, Pacers hold on to beat Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Thaddeus Young scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 and the streaking Indiana Pacers held off the struggling Washington Wizards 119-112 on Saturday night.

Domantas Sabonis added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Darren Collison scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers overcome 23 turnovers and sweep a second straight back-to-back set.


Nurkic leads Blazers by depleted 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence.

Nurkic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Kanter had 16 and eight, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 130-115 on Saturday.


Pistons top Heat, rise to 7th in East

MIAMI (AP) Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench, Langston Galloway added 15 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and the Detroit Pistons moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference by downing the Miami Heat 119-96 on Saturday night.

Blake Griffin had 20 points while Galloway and Luke Kennard each scored 17 for the Pistons (28-30), who are 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn for the No. 6 spot. Reggie Jackson added 13 points and Andre Drummond had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit, which started the fourth quarter on a 25-8 run to turn a fairly close game into a rout.


Love drops 32, Cavs win second straight

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, Cedi Osman hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-107 on Saturday night.

Love, playing in back-to-back games for the first time since returning from foot surgery, had 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 9 of 15 from the field overall, hit six 3s and made all eight of his free throw attempts.


Young, Bazemore lead Hawks past Suns

ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young and Kent Bazemore each scored 23 points, Taurean Prince added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks extended the Phoenix Suns' franchise-worst losing streak to 17 games with a 120-112 victory Saturday night.

John Collins finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which snapped a two-game skid to avoid a home loss against the NBA's worst team. Just two weeks ago at State Farm Arena, the Hawks allowed the New York Knicks, last in the Eastern Conference, to snap an 18-game slide.


Wolves' Towns still out with concussion

MILWAUKEE (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career.

The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn't play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn't been cleared to play again.


Bulls' Porter exits game with leg injury

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. has left the game against the Boston Celtics because of a strained lower left leg.

The team announced Saturday he would not return before the start of the second half. Porter missed all four shots and did not score.

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