Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled after practice, Darius Morris provided a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard given Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was at least in the mix. Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing professionally, had a little fun leading the offense in Morris’ absence. Just one example of life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or…

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Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 8 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP Dallas called on a couple of its youngest down the stretch on Saturday, and, man did they produce. Rookies Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson combined for the final 15 Dallas points when the Mavericks won their ninth straight home game in a 107-104 victory over Houston to improve to 11-2 at American Airlines Center. Orlando will provide the next test Monday, although the Magic have struggled recently. The Magic have lost…

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Holiday scores 37 points, Pelicans beat slumping Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 37 points and Julius Randle added 28 to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 116-108 on Sunday. Pelicans star Anthony Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Blake Griffin. Davis returned early in the third quarter, but finished with only six points — three before the injury. He also had five blocks and nine rebounds. Griffin scored 35 points for Detroit, Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Langston Galloway added a season-best 24…

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Wade scores 25 points in his 1,000th game, Heat top Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Wade was 8 for 21 from the field and 5 for 10 from 3-point range. The veteran guard will play his final regular-season game in Los Angeles on Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat held a 91-90 lead after three quarters using a big fourth to pull away. From the end of the third until just over three…

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Oregon — The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the edge in momentum when they square off with the Portland Trail Blazers for the third time in five weeks Saturday night at Moda Center. The Timberwolves, who have won nine of their last 12 games since trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia, cruised past Charlotte 121-104 Wednesday to go above .500 (13-12) for the first time all season. More Timberwolves coverage A victory over Portland (14-11) would draw Minnesota even with the Trail Blazers in the tight Western Conference race. The Blazers,…

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Irving leads Celtics past Knicks 128-100

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving. The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York’s six-game losing streak. “I was thinking about it since we lost to them,” the Celtics point guard said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night and exact a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss. “I remember…

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Jazz look to keep hot shooting going against Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY — Have the Utah Jazz finally turned a corner on offense? On that end of the court, Utah feels like a different team than the one that struggled through an offensive slump for the better part of November. The Jazz head into their Thursday night showdown with the visiting Houston Rockets with tons of momentum generated from a historic shooting performance against San Antonio. Utah beat the Spurs 139-105 on Tuesday night after making a franchise-record 20 3-pointers. The Jazz shot a season-high 60.6 percent from long…

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