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Doncic shines again, Mavs push run to 5

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DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 28 points in 26 minutes, leading Dallas in a rout of New Orleans 130-84 on Saturday.

The Mavericks' 46-point win wasn't the largest margin of victory this season - they outscored the Golden State Warriors by 48 last month.

Dallas (18-8) has won five in a row and 10 of 11 for the first time since winning is its only NBA championship in 2010-11.


Knicks host Pacers after Fizdale firing

Sickening was the word David Fizdale used to describe a 37-point home loss against Denver on Thursday that came three nights after a 44-point loss in Milwaukee. The next chance Fizdale gets to describe a game, he will not be coaching the league-worst New York Knicks.

Fizdale was fired Friday, and assistant Mike Miller will coach the Knicks on Saturday night when they host the Pacers. Indiana will look to capitalize on facing one of the worst teams in the league ahead of a tough schedule.


Bucks extend streak to 14, rout Clippers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had plenty of time to relax and enjoy his 25th birthday Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds before exiting the game with 8:56 to play and his Milwaukee Bucks ahead by 36. The Bucks went on to win 119-91 and capture their 14th straight victory.


Davis has 39, Lakers' road streak now 11

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) While Anthony Davis may have been feeling a bit under the weather recently, it certainly didn't show against Portland.

Davis scored 39 points and the Los Angeles Lakers routed the Blazers 136-113 on Friday night.


Celtics top Nuggets, home record now 9-0

BOSTON (AP) It's been a long time since Boston fans went home unhappy.

The Celtics remained perfect at home for the season, getting 26 points from Jayson Tatum and 21 from Jaylen Brown to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-95 on Friday night. Boston is 9-0 at the TD Garden, prolonging a city-wide streak in which none of the pro teams has lost a home game in regulation all fall.


Butler has 28-11-11, Heat go 9-0 at home

MIAMI (AP) Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and had his second triple-double of the week, Bam Adebayo had a career-high 24 points and the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 112-103 on Friday night.

Butler finished with 11 assists and 11 rebounds for Miami, which is 9-0 at home for the first time in franchise history. Tyler Herro scored 22 points and Adebayo grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat.


Cavs defend Beilein amid struggles

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando's big men and then defended his rookie coach.

At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein's back.


Blazers fully guarantee Anthony's deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have given forward Carmelo Anthony a fully guaranteed contract for the remainder of the season.

The team had signed Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract last month and had until a January deadline to guarantee the deal.


OKC beats buzzer, then tops Wolves in OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder had found multiple ways to lose close games this season.

Not this time. Chris Paul scored a season-high 30 points and Oklahoma City pulled off an improbable 139-127 overtime victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night.


Spurs rally in 4th, defeat Kings in OT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Enduring a dismal start to the season allowed the Spurs to see the beauty in an ugly victory.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his return from an injury and San Antonio rallied from nine points down in the final 1:50 of regulation before beating the Sacramento Kings 105-104 in overtime on Friday night.

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