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Hamstring shelves Beal at least 2 games

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WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal will miss at least two games because of a strained left hamstring as his Washington Wizards fight for a play-in berth and he duels Stephen Curry for the NBA scoring title.

The Wizards announced that Beal will sit out their games at the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and Wednesday. He'll be re-evaluated Friday.

The shooting guard was injured Saturday when he scored 50 points in Washington's 133-132 overtime victory at the Indiana Pacers. An MRI exam on Sunday showed that Beal strained his hamstring.


Bucks, Spurs meet with seedings on line

The San Antonio Spurs will return to the Alamo City -- not necessarily a good thing -- to host the surging Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night in a key battle for postseason seedings.

The home court has been anything but good for the Spurs this season, who've stumbled to a 13-20 home record. But with three games left in their own building, San Antonio has to reverse that trend, and in a hurry.


Davis scores 42 to lift Lakers over Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis is playing like his superstar self again. At the same time, he's reminding everyone just how dangerous the Los Angeles Lakers can be.

Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds and the Lakers never trailed in a 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.


Pelicans' Griffin fined $50K for remarks

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans executive David Griffin $50,000 on Sunday for publicly criticizing officiating over how star Zion Williamson is handled and making comments the league considered detrimental.

The decision came two days after Griffin, the Pelicans' executive vice president of basketball operations, spoke out strongly about his concerns on the amount of contact NBA referees allow Williamson to endure.


Veteran ref diagnosed with cancer

NEW YORK (AP) Veteran referee Tony Brown, who worked his first NBA Finals last season, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will miss the rest of the season.

The NBA announced Monday that the 54-year-old has been undergoing treatment since his diagnosis last month.


Heat hold on for huge win over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) Jimmy Butler had 26 points and 11 assists to help the Miami Heat hold off the Boston Celtics 130-124 Sunday as the teams fight for position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.

Duncan Robinson added 22 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 20 for Miami, which increased its lead over Boston to two games for sixth place in the standings. The Heat (37-31) now have the same record as fifth-place Atlanta, but the Hawks own the head-to-head tiebreaker.


Rose sparks Knicks in win over Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Derrick Rose scored 25 points off the bench, Reggie Bullock added 24 and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-100 on Sunday to snap an eight-game skid at Staples Center.

Bullock made five 3-pointers against his former team and RJ Barrett had four on his way to 18 points. The Clippers are the NBA's best 3-point shooting squad, but they were just 12 of 35.


Pelicans edge Hornets, aid play-in hopes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans aren't ready to concede a spot in the play-in tournament just yet.

Eric Bledsoe had 24 points and 11 assists, Jaxson Hayes added 18 points and six blocks and the short-handed Pelicans kept their postseason hopes alive with a 112-110 come-from-behind victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.


Vucevic, LaVine power Bulls past Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls kept their play-in chances alive with an 108-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Zach LaVine scored 30 points as the Bulls (29-39) moved within 2 1/2 games of the Indiana Pacers (31-36) for the last Eastern Conference play-in spot.


Doncic tossed but Mavs still rip Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Luka Doncic's below-the-belt swipe to Collin Sexton earned him an ejection. It didn't slow down the Dallas Mavericks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points and Josh Richardson had 20, allowing playoff-bound Dallas to overcome the loss of Doncic early in the third quarter and roll to a 124-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

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