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Down 22, surging Warriors rally by Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Golden State was emotionally prepared to shrug off a 22-point deficit during the first quarter in a key showdown with San Antonio.

After all, the Warriors have battled the scrutiny of failing to win an NBA championship last year after a record-setting regular season and have fought through a knee injury to Kevin Durant this season.

Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 23 and the Warriors rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-98 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight win.


Westbrook has 57-13-11, sparks big rally

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) With as prolific a scorer as Russell Westbrook is, the Oklahoma City Thunder never feel as though any deficit is too much to overcome.

Oklahoma City stormed back from a double-digit deficit behind another eye-popping performance by Westbrook to upend Orlando 114-106 in overtime Wednesday night. Westbrook scored 36 of his 57 points - the most in a triple-double in NBA history - after halftime and had 13 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Thunder clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference.


Durant on track for in-season return

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been cleared for non-contact basketball drills and could return from his knee injury before the end of the regular season.

The Warriors said Wednesday that Durant will be re-evaluated in the next seven to 10 days as he recovers from a left knee and leg injury that has sidelined him since Feb. 28. The NBA regular season ends in two weeks.


Bucks drop Celtics out of 1st in East

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics were hesitant to celebrate after ascending to the top spot of the Eastern Conference standings earlier this week.

And just like that, they dropped back into second.


Redick leads Clips past Wall, Wizards

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers cruised to a comfortable lead, and this time they didn't blow it.

J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points and hit seven 3-pointers, helping Los Angeles beat the Washington Wizards 133-124 on Wednesday night.


Hornets end Raptors' 6-game win streak

TORONTO (AP) Kemba Walker founding his shooting stroke in the nick of time for the Charlotte Hornets.

Walker scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 5:03, leading the Hornets past the Toronto Raptors 110-106 on Wednesday night.


James featured in crybaby commercial

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is having a laugh at his reputation for being a "crybaby."

The Cavaliers' megastar is featured in a new Intel commercial in which he breaks down and cries after making a game-winning shot. As James hugs a teammate in celebration, and the camera circles in slow motion, the face of a crying baby is super-imposed over his own.


Howard has 22 and 20 as Hawks beat 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dwight Howard has Atlanta revved up for a playoff push.

"Our focus should be, we need to step on the floor from the tip," he said.


Conley scores 36 as Grizzlies top Pacers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley wanted to set the tone for the Memphis Grizzlies.

He succeeded, in a big way.


Dragic helps Heat easily down Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Many NBA teams dread back-to-backs, especially when the first game was as tough as the one Miami had a night earlier.

"We don't function like that," guard Goran Dragic said. "We try to win every game that we can."

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