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Oladipo suffers serious knee injury

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A promising season for the Indiana Pacers was instantly transformed when Victor Oladipo's leg buckled and he fell to the floor in pain.

Indiana showed earlier this season it can win without the All-Star guard, at least in the short term. Now, the third-best team in the Eastern Conference may have to push ahead without him for a much longer stretch.

Oladipo was carried off the court on a stretcher during the second quarter of the Pacers' 110-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night with a serious right knee injury. He is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.

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Harden has career-best 61 in win at MSG

NEW YORK (AP) James Harden inched past Wilt Chamberlain and didn't stop his latest one-man show until he'd tied Kobe Bryant.

On another spectacular night for the NBA's most sensational scorer, Harden not only notched his career high with 61 points, but tied Bryant's record for a visiting player at the current Madison Square Garden.

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Grizzlies willing to trade Conley, Gasol

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies may be ready to start rebuilding, listening to trade offers for the NBA's longest-tenured teammates.

Guard Mike Conley said Grizzlies owner Robert Pera had told both he and center Marc Gasol on Tuesday that they will be mentioned in potential trade talks.

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Embiid has 33 and 19 as 76ers edge Spurs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid stretched his balky back each time he had a moment's rest.

Those vital health breaks were fleeting - Embiid gutted out nearly 40 minutes, showing again that the days of the All-Star center missing seasons and stretches of games with injuries have become a faded memory.

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Mitchell has 35 to lift Jazz by Nuggets

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers to lead the Utah Jazz to a 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

Ricky Rubio added 17 points and six assists, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Joe Ingles added 14 points and eight assists and Jae Crowder had 15 points for Utah, which won for the ninth time in 11 games after hitting 19 3-pointers.

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Celts coast by Cavs for fifth win in row

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics had a little tuneup before their big mid-winter test.

Terry Rozier scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and the Celtics coasted to their fifth straight victory with a 123-103 win over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

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Griffin has 37, Pistons get by Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Blake Griffin got Detroit off to a hot start, but the Pistons still had to scratch out a victory in the final seconds over the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans.

It didn't sit well with the All-Star forward.

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Clippers use big 2nd half to down Heat

MIAMI (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers know that little was expected of them this season.

They're still fighting to prove doubters wrong.

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Russell, Dinwiddie lead Nets past Magic

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell could very well make his first NBA All-Star game appearance next month in Charlotte. After yet another big offensive performance for the surging Brooklyn Nets, the young point guard was quick to credit a key defensive play by one of his teammates.

Russell had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 29 points, and the Nets edged the Orlando Magic 114-110 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

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Walker, Batum help Hornets down Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have used a nice run to keep a grasp on one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots.

Kemba Walker had 22 points and seven assists, Nicolas Batum scored 18 points, and the Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-107 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.

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