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Morant to rejoin Grizzlies, out vs. Mavs

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Ja Morant's eight-game NBA suspension is over, and the two-time All-Star guard may rejoin the Memphis Grizzlies.

He is expected on the bench Monday night when Memphis hosts Dallas, though it's unclear exactly when he'll play, with the earliest being Wednesday. The Grizzlies announced Sunday that Morant would not play against the Mavericks because of a "Return to Competition Reconditioning.”

The Grizzlies know Morant has been working out, trying to be ready for this moment. Memphis was off Sunday after back-to-back wins, and coach Taylor Jenkins said he would like Morant to practice or at least participate in a shootaround before seeing game action.


Hornets' Ball expects to return for camp

CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball said he anticipates being ready for training camp in September after suffering through an injury-plagued 2022-23 season in which he sprained his left ankle three times and fractured his right ankle, all of which limited him to 36 games.

Whether he’ll consider wearing ankle braces moving forward remains to be seen.


76ers host Bulls aiming to push run to 9

Joel Embiid and the 76ers will look to continue their torrid ways on Monday night when the Chicago Bulls visit Philadelphia to open a home-and-home series.

Embiid collected 31 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two blocks on Saturday to help the 76ers (48-22) secure their season-high-tying eighth straight win with a 141-121 rout of the Indiana Pacers. Those are impressive numbers for the six-time All-Star, who sat out the entire fourth quarter.


SGA scores 40 as OKC rallies past Suns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The M-V-P chants rained down on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as he hit two critical free throws with 10 seconds remaining to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

The All-Star scored 40 points in Oklahoma City's 124-120 victory.


Jokic has 22-17-10 as Nuggets down Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in his 28th triple-double of the season, Michael Porter Jr. had 28 points and nine rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-102 on Sunday.

Jamal Murray scored 20 of his 25 points in the first quarter for the Nuggets, who looked nothing like the slumping team that had dropped five of six. Denver shot 62.5% in the first half and led comfortably most of the game while playing for the second straight afternoon.


Spurs top Hawks to spoil Murray's return

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell had 29 points each and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-118 on Sunday, spoiling Dejounte Murray’s homecoming.

Murray had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his first game in San Antonio since being traded to Atlanta in the offseason.


Giannis, Lopez carry Bucks past Raptors

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, Brook Lopez scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 118-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Khris Middleton added 20 points and Bobby Portis had 14 as the Bucks improved to an NBA-best 51-20. Antetokounmpo had his 33rd career triple-double, making all nine of his field goal attempts.


Reaves has 35 to lift Lakers over Magic

LOS ANGELES (AP) Austin Reaves scored a career-high 35 points, D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on for a 111-105 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

Anthony Davis had 15 points and 11 rebounds on another rough shooting night, but Reaves carried the Lakers to victory with 13 points in the fourth quarter, including Los Angeles' last 10 points over the final 1:33. The undrafted second-year pro has earned a vital role his star-studded team, and Reaves factored in almost every big play down the stretch as the Lakers snapped a two-game skid.


Pelicans best Rockets despite Green's 40

HOUSTON (AP) Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum each scored 26 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Houston Rockets 117-107 on Sunday night.

McCollum had 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting in the first half as the Pelicans built a 64-44 halftime lead.


George, Clippers extend Blazers' skid

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Paul George had 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Portland Trail Blazers their sixth straight loss with a 117-102 victory on Sunday night.,

Kawhi Leonard added 24 for the Clippers as they fight for home-court advantage in the playoffs. Los Angeles was sitting at fifth in the Western Conference standings just a half-game behind of the Phoenix Suns. The Clippers have won five of their last six games.

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