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LeVert has surgery for cancer on kidney

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney.

Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said no additional treatment is needed.

Doctors found the small mass during a routine, post-trade physical and immediately conducted additional tests. LeVert was part of the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn then was dealt by the Rockets to Indiana for Victor Oladipo.


Jazz rally by Knicks for 9th win in row

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz leaned on their tough defense to keep their win streak alive.

Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.


Young has 38, Hawks end Clippers' run

ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young scored 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 on Tuesday night, ending the Clippers' seven-game winning streak.

The Clippers were without three starters. Leading scorers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were ruled out due to health and safety protocols. Guard Patrick Beverley missed the game with right knee soreness.


Wall has 24, lead Rockets over Wizards

HOUSTON (AP) On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team.

When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid performance by the Rockets.


Bulls C Carter to miss at least a month

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to miss at least another month because of a bruised right quadriceps after an MRI on Tuesday confirmed the original diagnosis, the team announced.

Carter, averaging 12.8 points and eight rebounds, sat out the past three games following a collision in practice. The team said he will be re-evaluated in four weeks.


Utah lawmakers take playful shot at Shaq

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah lawmakers took a stand Tuesday to defend Jazz star Donovan Mitchell against critiques by Shaquille O'Neal by passing a playful resolution that calls out O'Neal for his poor free throw shooting during his playing days and makes fun of the "Kazaam" movie he starred in more than two decades ago.

O'Neal, now a studio analyst on TNT, upset Jazz fans when he said at halftime of a game last week that the 24-year-old Mitchell didn't have what it takes to be a superstar. That led to an awkward postgame exchange between O'Neal and Mitchell, who had just scored 36 points to lead the Jazz to a win over the Pelicans.


James lifts Lakers with 46 against Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Back home, LeBron James kept the Lakers perfect on the road.

James went on a scoring tear in the fourth quarter, getting 21 of his 46 points with a variety of dazzling shots and plays only he seems to make, leading Los Angeles to a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.


Wright gets Pistons by Embiid-less 76ers

DETROIT (AP) Delon Wright scored a career-high 28 points and Wayne Ellington had another impressive shooting night for Detroit, leading the Pistons to a 119-104 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Jerami Grant scored 25 points for the Pistons (4-13), who still have the NBA's worst record but took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence. The Philadelphia star was out with back tightness.


Nets use late 18-2 run to get past Heat

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant wasn't making shots. James Harden was barely taking them.

That sent the Brooklyn Nets into a defensive struggle, and the NBA's highest-scoring team handled it well until their superstars showed up.


Ex-Knicks fan favorite Wingo dies at 73

NEW YORK (AP) Harthorne Wingo, a fan favorite and reserve on the New York Knicks' 1973 NBA championship team, has died. He was 73.

He died Jan. 20 in a New York City hospital, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Associated Press. The cause was not immediately available.

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