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Magic shut down 76ers, win fifth in row

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held the Philadelphia 76ers without a field goal for a stretch of nearly 12 minutes Monday night in a 119-98 victory.

Evan Fournier scored 24 points for the Magic, who outscored the 76ers 30-5 over a second-half stretch in which Philadelphia missed 15 straight shots.

The Magic completed their first 5-0 homestand in franchise history and moved a half-game behind Miami in chasing the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They visit the Heat on Tuesday.


Aldridge's 48 lead Spurs past Celtics

BOSTON (AP) Two nights after the San Antonio Spurs had no answer for James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge assumed a similarly unstoppable role against the Boston Celtics.

Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio ran past Boston 115-96 on Sunday, giving the short-handed Celtics their fourth straight loss.


Pacers end Nuggets' run in blowout

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic got the hard work out of the way early and watched the fourth quarter from the bench.

Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half, and the Indiana Pacers blew out the Denver Nuggets 124-88 on Sunday.


Lamb's half-court 3 at :00 lifts Hornets

TORONTO (AP) Jeremy Lamb added a dose of March Madness to Sunday's NBA action.

Lamb banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer and the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114, Charlotte's third straight win.


Former Knicks player Ramsey dies at 81

NEW YORK (AP) Cal Ramsey, who starred at NYU in the 1950s and went on to play and broadcast for the New York Knicks, died Monday. He was 81.

The Knicks said Ramsey died of cardiac arrest at The Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center in Manhattan.


Clips top Knicks for fifth straight win

NEW YORK (AP) Doc Rivers insists he doesn't stress about the standings or speculate about seeding.

If he decides to look Sunday, he'll be delighted with how high his Clippers have climbed.


Curry scores 26 as Warriors top Pistons

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry was back after a night off, and all was well again for the Golden State Warriors.

Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the Warriors rebounded a night after a blowout loss with a 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.


Harden leads Rockets in rout of Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Houston's James Harden dribbled along the perimeter for about 20 seconds while Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton hounded him, even briefly poking the ball away. But as the shot clock wound down, Harden suddenly rose for a 3-pointer and nailed it, eliciting an elongated "ooh" from the New Orleans crowd.

"We've gotten used to it," Rockets guard Chris Paul said. "Elfrid is one of my closest friends who I know is an unbelievable competitor and a great defender. But there ain't too much you can do about it."


Lakers beat Kings to end 5-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) After being eliminated from playoff contention, there has been plenty of discussion about how the Los Angeles Lakers should use LeBron James for the rest of the season.

For James, there is no debate. As long as he is physically able to play, he intends to go all out when he's on the court.


Hobbled Giannis lifts Bucks past Cavs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to have recovered quickly from a recent ankle sprain.

Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by the ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift to Milwaukee Bucks over the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-105 on Sunday.

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