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LeBron rips media over Jerry Jones photo

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LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James has questions about the disparity of media scrutiny he believes is being applied to a 1957 photo of Jerry Jones and the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.

The photo of Jones, captured by an Associated Press photographer, shows him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock High School in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. The group was blocking six Black students who were attempting to desegregate the school and news reports said that moments after the image was taken, the students were shoved down a flight of stairs.

The photo accompanied a Washington Post story last month that was about Jones' legacy as owner of the Dallas Cowboys, including how the team has never had a Black head coach.

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Hayes leads Pistons to OT win over Mavs

DETROIT (AP) Killian Hayes scored eight of 22 points in overtime as the Detroit Pistons recovered from blowing a late lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 131-125 on Thursday night.

Christian Wood's dunk tied the game at 125 with 1:35 left in overtime, but Hayes answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Pistons ahead by six with 41.6 left and seal the win.

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Hawks' Collins, Hunter out with injuries

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks will be without both of their starting forwards for at least the next three games.

John Collins will miss at least the next two weeks with a sprained left ankle and De'Andre Hunter will be sidelined for at least one week with a right hip flexor strain, the Hawks said Thursday.

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Bucks' Middleton on verge of debut

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton appears on the verge of making his 2022-23 debut as he returns from offseason wrist surgery.

The NBA released an injury report Thursday night that listed the three-time All-Star as probable for the Bucks' Friday night game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Celtics extend Horford for 2 years, $20M

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics aren't letting Al Horford go anywhere this time.

The team announced Thursday that the 36-year-old veteran big man has signed an extension to remain in Boston.

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Tatum has 49, 8 3s to lift surging Celts

BOSTON (AP) Camera phones throughout Boston's TD Garden were fixed on the seats adjacent the Celtics' bench as the Prince and Princess of Wales sat courtside in the city's hallowed arena on Wednesday.

Yet it was the Celtics' reigning basketball prince who ultimately owned the night.

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Booker scores 51 in 3 quarters, Suns win

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker made the Chicago Bulls pay for some mediocre defense with a couple early mid-range jumpers. Then he made a few more. And a few more.

Suddenly, it was one of those nights for the Suns All-Star guard.

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NBA planning in-season tourney next year

The NBA is planning for the inaugural version of its in-season tournament - should it become reality - to begin early next season, according to a memo sent to teams Wednesday.

If the tournament is approved, 80 regular-season games for each team would be announced in August, with two more games set to be scheduled depending on which eight teams make the tournament's knockout stage. Those games would be added in-season to the schedule.

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Cavs rout 76ers, improve to 9-1 at home

CLEVELAND (AP) Caris LeVert scored 22 points off the bench, Darius Garland had 21 points and nine assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Philadelphia 76ers 113-85 on Wednesday night.

Donovan Mitchell added 18 points and six assists for Cleveland, which led by a season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers are 9-1 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the third-best home mark in the NBA.

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Durant pours in 39, Nets beat Wizards

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored 39 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Washington Wizards 113-107 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Durant was 13 for 20 from the field and hit all 11 of his free throws in 37 minutes after scoring a season-high 45 points Monday night in a victory over Orlando.

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