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James OK after hurting neck, Spurs roll

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, yet there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions.

Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches this season and there is little time to fix it.

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cavs 103-74 on Monday night in a much-anticipated showdown that turned into a major letdown for Cleveland.


Westbrook caps 14-0 OKC run to end game

DALLAS (AP) Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban.

Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night.


Jeanie Buss officially takes over Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise for the rest of her life, making permanent the arrangement her late father and longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in his will that he wanted.

The agreement was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday and states that Jim and Johnny Buss have agreed that their sister will serve as the controlling owner. The filing ends weeks of uncertainty about control of the Lakers as the franchise tries to put several losing seasons behind it.


Cavs to sit ailing Korver several games

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Cavaliers plan to sit forward Kyle Korver for several games to see if rest and treatment helps his sore left foot.

Korver missed Monday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs and will sit out Thursday in Chicago and Friday at home against Philadelphia before being re-evaluated, a team spokesman said. The shooting specialist missed seven games earlier this month with an inflamed tendon in his foot.


DeRozan scores 36, Raptors push run to 6

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan started his new work week the way he finished the old one, and the result was a sixth straight victory for the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan, selected Eastern Conference player of the week earlier in the day, scored 36 points as the Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 131-112 on Monday night.


Gobert has 20 and 19, Jazz sink Pelicans

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Repeated slow starts and lackluster finishes compelled Rudy Gobert to question the competitive spirit of some Utah Jazz teammates. They responded with the fire expected from an NBA playoff team on Monday night.

Gobert had 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Jazz over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100, a stark turnaround after a sluggish effort in a loss Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers.


Knicks hand Pistons fourth straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) Just in time to delay playoff elimination, the New York Knicks showed they have some spunk left.

"Guys, they keep playing, keep fighting," coach Jeff Hornacek.


Collison leads Kings by slumping Memphis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) This was no feel-good road trip for the Memphis Grizzlies, who had another loss to contemplate on a long flight home.

Darren Collison scored 23 points and made two crucial free throws in the closing seconds to help the Sacramento Kings hand the slumping Grizzlies their fourth consecutive defeat, 91-90 on Monday night.


Schroder: Reeling Hawks must change fast

ATLANTA (AP) Dennis Schroder insists the Atlanta Hawks will be fine when their three injured starters return.

The point guard also believes the Eastern Conference playoff standings are too tight for the Hawks to wait for Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha to return from their injuries.


Rockets' Alexander gives $4M to charity

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has donated a combined $4 million to 20 charities in Houston.

Alexander has long been a champion for animal rights, and five such organizations are part of this gift. Also receiving money are six groups that assist children in need as well as groups aiding refugees, abused women and victims of human trafficking.

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