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Jazz face Suns again, seek to end slump

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The Utah Jazz were in a good mood after playing the Phoenix Suns on Monday, considering they'd just lost for the eighth time in 10 games. The reason was simple: Despite falling 115-109 on the road, the Jazz gave a spirited effort with a skeleton crew.

Six of Utah's nine leading scorers didn't play in Phoenix, including All-Stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Mike Conley Jr. Also out were Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O'Neale and Joe Ingles.

Many of those players will likely dress for the rematch Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. But Utah's fill-ins gave quite the showing in Phoenix: After falling behind by 13 in the opening half, the Jazz rallied to take a 95-91 lead in the fourth quarter.


Nets try to solve home woes vs. Nuggets

James Harden's frustration emerged in a brief but testy media session after the Brooklyn Nets lost to LeBron James and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

The Nets may be feeling upset about a lack of continuity and their current struggles, but they have little time to dwell on those issues. Brooklyn hosts red-hot Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday before embarking on a challenging five-game road trip.


Kennard has 7 in last 9 ticks; Clips win

WASHINGTON (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers are the NBA's new comeback kings.

Who are the Washington Wizards? Bradley Beal doesn't know.


Warriors rout Mavs, Hardaway breaks foot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Klay Thompson is playing a few more minutes now, making pretty passes and knocking down shots from all spots on the floor. Sure, everyone told him to expect rust for a while - and he's not having it.

"I really pride myself on my efficiency, so it felt good to be myself again," Thompson said.


Embiid's 42 lift 76ers past Pelicans

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid is dominating opponents nightly - and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

Embiid scored 12 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers pulled away from the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans for a 117-107 win on Tuesday night.


Edwards scores 40, Wolves down Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Anthony Edwards had 40 points, including 14 points in the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-107 on Tuesday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who improved to 24-23 to surpass their win total from all of last season (23-49).


Tatum, Brown lead Celtics in 128-75 rout

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 36 points and Jaylen Brown had 30 points and 10 rebounds before both rested the entire fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics routed the Sacramento Kings 128-75 on Tuesday night.

Robert Williams finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Celtics, who got off to a torrid start and never let up on the Kings, even when both teams went to reserves for the final period of a game that had been long decided. Boston stretched its lead to 60 points before it was over.


Siakam helps lead Raptors past Hornets

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam had 24 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-best 32 for the Toronto Raptors in a 125-113 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

OG Anunoby added 24 points, Chris Boucher had 12, Malachi Flynn 11 and Dalano Banton 10 as the short-handed Raptors overcame the absences of starters Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes. VanVleet sat out with a sore right knee, and Barnes was scratched less than an hour before tipoff because of a sore right wrist.


Murray, Poeltl help Spurs rip Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl combined for 37 points in three quarters to help the San Antonio Spurs coast to a 134-104 victory over the Houston Rockets Tuesday night.

Murray had 19 points and 10 assists and Poeltl had 18 points with nine rebounds by the end of the third quarter, and neither played after that with the Spurs up by 31.


Love relishing reserve role with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love bolted from his seat, a spot on the bench that has revived his career and helped fuel the Cavaliers' stunning rise, and streaked past coach J.B. Bickerstaff standing near the scorer's table.

Stopping near midcourt, Love screamed and pointed toward teammate Dean Wade, another of Cleveland's reserves, who nailed a 3-pointer to push the Cavs back in front of the New York Knicks.

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