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Curry returns, then sprains knee in win

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence nursing an injured right ankle only to go down again. This time, it's his left knee.

Curry came back and scored 29 points before spraining his knee in the second half, and the banged-up, undermanned Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks 106-94 on Friday night.

Curry sprained his medial collateral ligament and was scheduled for an MRI on Saturday, the Warriors said.


Aldridge scores 45, Spurs top Jazz in OT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs outlasted Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz.

Aldridge had a career-high 45 points, helping San Antonio overcome Mitchell's 35-point performance in the Spurs' 124-120 overtime victory over Utah on Friday night.


Celtics PG Irving to have knee surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee.

Irving has been out since March 11, missing the last four games. There is no timetable for his return from the "minimally invasive" procedure.


Morris' 30 help Celtics rally by Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Down 10 at the start of the fourth quarter, Boston's Marcus Morris and Al Horford assessed the situation against the Trail Blazers.

"We had a little conversation at the start of the fourth and said to each other, `If we come out strong and get this (lead) down we've got a great chance to come back and win this game,'" Morris said.


Healthy Cavs hand Suns 10th loss in row

CLEVELAND (AP) As his teammates circled around LeBron James before the opening tip, things looked different.

They felt different, too.


Wolves clinch 1st winning mark since '05

NEW YORK (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns will finish with a winning record for the first time in his career.

His Minnesota Timberwolves have much bigger goals, and a rough road ahead to achieve them.


Lowry has 25-12-10 as Raptors down Nets

TORONTO (AP) The Raptors weren't feeling too good about themselves after a fourth-quarter rally gave Toronto its 12th straight win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Kyle Lowry had 25 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his 10th triple-double with Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 and the Eastern Conference leaders beat Brooklyn 116-112 on Friday night.


Pacers get by Clips, near playoff berth

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Eight months after the Indiana Pacers embarked on a major rebuilding project, the first phase is almost complete.

They're on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. Then the real work begins in phase two, and the Pacers are just as eager to get started.


Westbrook's big 4th gets Thunder by Heat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook picked his spots for three quarters, then took complete control in the fourth.

The All-Star guard scored 17 of his 29 points in the final period to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night.


Without Giannis, Bucks get past Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Shabazz Muhammad and fellow reserves Brandon Jennings and Tony Snell took care of the scoring with Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined by a sprained right ankle.

Muhammad scored 21 points and the Bucks overcame another sluggish start to beat the Chicago Bulls 118-105 on Friday night.

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