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George, Westbrook lead OKC past Blazers

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A renewed focus on defense has the Oklahoma City Thunder on another winning streak.

Paul George had 36 points, eight rebounds and five steals, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds and the Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114 on Tuesday night.

Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson each added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which snapped a three-game losing streak to Portland at Chesapeake Energy Arena. After a stretch of losing five of six games, during which they gave up 154, 142 and 138 points in defeats, the Thunder have won three straight and moved back into third place in the fluid Western Conference standings.


Minus Leonard, Raptors' home run hits 10

TORONTO (AP) Even without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, the rested Toronto Raptors were too much for the tired Sacramento Kings.

Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 19 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 and the Raptors beat the Kings 120-105 on Tuesday night.


Smith sparks Mavs by Clippers in return

DALLAS (AP) Dennis Smith Jr. faked a pass and hit a layup in one sweeping motion a few minutes before Luka Doncic dribbled behind his back at the free-throw line and drove for a left-handed layup.

The Dallas Mavericks are back to trying to figure out how to make the two young stars fit in the same backcourt.


Towns has 25-18-7 as Wolves rout Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Two days earlier, the short-handed Phoenix Suns gave Minnesota everything it could handle in a two-point road loss to the Timberwolves.

On Tuesday night, it was no contest. A Minnesota blowout in the desert.


Mavs' Doncic fined $10K for kicking ball

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has been fined $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands, which led to his ejection from a game against Indiana.

Doncic kicked the ball after a basket by the Pacers late in the third quarter of their 111-99 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night. The NBA announced the fine Tuesday.


Ex-Kings exec guilty of embezzlement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A former top Sacramento Kings executive has pleaded guilty to siphoning $13.4 million from the team to buy Southern California beachfront properties, according to court records.

The records show former chief revenue officer Jeffrey David pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of wire fraud and identity theft. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced April 15.


Rockets deal Anthony, to be cut by Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.

Where he's going next remains unclear.


Thompson hits 1st 10 3s as Warriors roll

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers' defense.

The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in a 130-111 victory Monday night.


Embiid leads 76ers to rout of Rockets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid relished the chance to face James Harden, and wasn't going to let a little back tightness stop him.

Embiid had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past fellow MVP contender Harden and the Houston Rockets 121-93 on Monday night.


Celtics topple Heat for 4th straight win

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving moved closer to some elite Boston Celtics company with his latest double-double. It was his three driving baskets, though, that helped seal the victory.

Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99 Monday night for their fourth straight win.