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Celtics top Nets in 44-minute experiment

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NEW YORK (AP) Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game.

There was a good reason he hadn't been subbed out yet, though.

In an experimental 44-minute preseason game, Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 on Sunday.

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Howard, Harden return as Rockets win

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) The Houston Rockets welcomed back two stars who had been dealing with injuries most of this preseason. The Golden State Warriors rested their two stars.

It was enough for the Rockets to beat the Warriors 90-83 on Sunday night in an exhibition game at State Farm Arena.

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Bulls G Butler sprains left thumb in win

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls' closer is almost back at full speed.

Derrick Rose had 17 points in almost 28 minutes and saw his first action in the fourth quarter as he comes back from a right knee injury 10 games into last season.

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Bryant has 26 points, 9 boards, 6 steals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Carlos Boozer added 19, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-91 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

Boozer also had nine rebounds and six of the Lakers' 17 steals. Los Angeles converted 29 Jazz turnovers into 34 points and outscored them 17-8 in second-chance points.

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Wolves' Saunders experiments with lineup

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders mixed things up Sunday night in an exhibition game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During practice Saturday - and unbeknownst to his team - he had a competition to decide Minnesota's next starting lineup. Sparked by three new starters, Minnesota beat Oklahoma City 112-94 on Sunday night.

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Kings pick up G McLemore's option

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore's contract.

General manager Pete D'Alessandro announced the move Sunday. McLemore averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26.7 minutes last season as a rookie. McLemore was picked seventh overall by Sacramento in the 2013 draft.

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Popovich jabs Suns owner over comments

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver's critical comments as silly and said they should have been made while wearing a "chicken suit."

Sarver got on the public address microphone Thursday night in Phoenix and apologized to the fans because the Spurs were without several players and Popovich himself.

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West injures ankle in Pacers' win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers appeared to be headed for a loss, down by 14 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

But the Pacers got into an offensive rhythm and with 31 seconds took the lead en route to a 98-93 come from behind win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana erased the double-digit deficit with an 18-3 run.

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Napier has 25, lifts Heat by Spurs in OT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams' first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals.

Tyler Johnson scored 17 points in the exhibition game, Andre Dawkins added 16 points, and Danny Granger and Mario Chalmers had 11 each for Miami (2-4).

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Drew Gordon gets best of brother Aaron

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) Philadelphia's Drew Gordon scored 16 points Saturday night, getting the better of younger brother Aaron as the 76ers held off the Orlando Magic 95-84.

The 6-foot-9 Drew Gordon, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent forward trying to earn a roster spot after playing two seasons overseas, was 6 of 9 from the field as the 76ers improved to 2-4. Younger brother Aaron, who is also 6-9 and five years younger, was the fourth pick in this year's draft out of Arizona. Aaron did not score for the Magic while playing a little over five minutes in the first half.

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