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Irving has 43, sparks Celtics to OT win

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BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving had 11 straight Boston points down the stretch and scored 17 in all in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter.

Then in overtime, he really turned it on.

The Celtics guard made or assisted on every basket in the extra period, finishing with 11 assists and a season-high 43 points on Friday night to lead Boston to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

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Pelicans rally behind Davis' 43 and 17

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Knicks 129-124 on Friday night.

Julius Randle had 19 points and 11 rebounds, including a crucial put-back of Davis' missed free throw to make it 124-121 with 1:23 left.

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Butler has 28 in home debut as 76ers win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jimmy Butler had the sellout crowd chanting his name and singing his favorite theme song.

Butler scored 28 points in his home debut, Joel Embiid had 23 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 113-107 on Friday night.

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Nuggets add WNBA's Bird to front office

DENVER (AP) WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets' front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.

Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' president of basketball operations, said Bird's new title is basketball operations associate.

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Wolves beat Blazers, 3-0 without Butler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and the Minnesota Timberwolves kept cruising without Jimmy Butler by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 112-96 on Friday night.

Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns each had 14 points for the Wolves, who are 7-1 at home and 3-0 since trading the disgruntled Butler to Philadelphia on Monday.

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Jackson, Gasol lead Grizzlies over Kings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, Marc Gasol added 19 points and 15 rebounds, becoming Memphis' all-time leading rebounder, and the Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento Kings 112-104 on Friday night.

Mike Conley added 19 points and six assists, while Garrett Temple finished with 14 points as Memphis won its second straight. Gasol has 5,613 career rebounds, passing the franchise record of 5,612 by former Grizzlies standout Zach Randolph.

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Reserve Evans sparks Pacers past Heat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tyreke Evans came off the bench and provided the spark that Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan knew he was capable of.

Evans hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points in leading the Pacers to a 99-91 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

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Pelicans G Payton fractures finger

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say point guard Elfrid Payton has a fractured finger on his left hand.

Payton injured his finger in the first quarter of his first game back on Friday night after he'd missed New Orleans' nine previous games with a right ankle sprain.

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Nets end 3-game skid, snap Wizards' run

WASHINGTON (AP) Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson thinks the Nets can succeed without Caris LeVert.

They took the first step toward proving it Friday night.

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Rockets to end Anthony's brief stint

HOUSTON (AP) Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is "parting ways" with Anthony and "working toward a resolution."

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