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Leonard has 41 as Spurs beat Cavs in OT

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CLEVELAND (AP) As Kawhi Leonard peeled the ice bag off his swollen left hand, Manu Ginobili hobbled through San Antonio's locker room, his back stiffened from a run-in with LeBron James.

And 20 minutes after the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was in sweats still going over his team's defensive breakdown in the final seconds.

"We messed up on that last play," Leonard said. "We could easily be in double overtime right now."


Popovich calls Trump bully in fiery rant

CLEVELAND (AP) Gregg Popovich would bench President Trump.

San Antonio's long-time coach, who has been highly critical of Donald Trump in the past, went on a lengthy rant about the newly sworn-in president on Saturday night, calling him a bully and saying he hopes he can change while in office.


James ponders return to US Olympic team

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich.

James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games.


Bulls overcome Cousins' 42 on shaky call

CHICAGO (AP) Following an embarrassing road loss the previous day, Dwyane Wade felt the Bulls were desperate for a win on Saturday night.

"I like this team when we're desperate," he said. "For some reason, we play better desperate."


Lillard, McCollum lead OT win over Celts

BOSTON (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers could have limped home with a winless road trip on their minds.

Instead, they relied on Damian Lillard's late-game performance and made the long cross-country flight a lot more enjoyable.


Dekker's 30 in first start lift Rockets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Sam Dekker made his first career start a memorable one.

Dekker, subbing for the ill Ryan Anderson, scored a career-high 30 points, James Harden added 29 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets leaned on their usual 3-point offense to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 119-95 on Saturday night.


Pistons top Wiz on Morris shot at buzzer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Marcus Morris used an assist from his twin brother to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards.

Morris scored 25 points and tipped in the winning basket at the buzzer, using Markieff's shoulder to help elevate himself and get his hand on the ball, as the streaking Pistons won their third straight, 113-112 on Saturday night.


Hill drops 30 on Pacers in Jazz's win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) George Hill insisted there was no extra motivation in facing his former team for the first time since being traded during the summer.

Motivation or not, the Utah Jazz point guard torched the Indiana Pacers for one of his best games of the season.


Booker hits late 3, Suns slip by Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) The Phoenix Suns had more reason to feel good about their future, while the New York Knicks just missed a chance to escape their frustrating present.

Devin Booker scored 26 points and made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, and the Suns beat the Knicks 107-105 on Saturday night.


Balanced Nuggets rip Clippers 123-98

DENVER (AP) The short-handed Los Angeles Clippers were no match for a Denver Nuggets team in the midst of perhaps its best stretch of the season.

Nikola Jokic scored 19 points and Denver beat the Clippers 123-98 on Saturday night for its fourth win in five games. Denver has scored more than 120 points in each victory during that span.

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