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Spurs best Warriors, extend streak to 9

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 18: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball during the game against the Golden State Warriors on March 18, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonia Spurs aren't concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season.

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win.

"We're just trying to get wins, man, that's all," Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. "We've had wins, we've had big wins, we've had some bad losses, (too). It just feels good to win the games we think we should."

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Nuggets top Celtics, clinch playoff spot

BOSTON (AP) The Denver Nuggets are headed back to the postseason after a six-year drought.

Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night and clinched their first playoff berth since 2012-13.

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Dirk passes Wilt but Mavs lose in OT

DALLAS (AP) For the 7-footer who has built a Hall of Fame career shooting from the outside, it was the perfect way to reach his latest milestone.

Dirk Nowitzki swished a 20-foot jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter Monday night, passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list - but it wasn't enough for the Dallas Mavericks.

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Lillard, Blazers prevent Pacers clinch

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard plans to take a bit more control over games in the absence of backcourt mate CJ McCollum.

Lillard had 30 points and 15 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 106-98 on Monday night in their first game since McCollum injured his left knee.

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Raptors rip Knicks but Lowry hurt again

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time.

Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists for his first career double-double, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night.

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Heat take down Thunder as Westbrook sits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder were foundering without their star point guard, and the Miami Heat - like Oklahoma City trying to improve their playoff position - took advantage.

Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, and Dwyane Wade added 25 points in the Heat's 116-107 win Monday night over the Thunder, who played without the suspended Russell Westbrook.

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Jazz trounce Wizards, win 4th straight

WASHINGTON (AP) With Utah beginning a four-game trip while jockeying for position in the tight Western Conference playoff race, the objective in its first game was clear - contain Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal.

Beal had posted back-to-back 40-point games for the Wizards, who are clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes.

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Blazers' McCollum out at least 1 week

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum says he was relieved that his left knee injury was not serious, especially this close to the playoffs.

The Blazers said McCollum had a popliteus strain in his left knee and he would be re-examined in a week.

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Grizzlies' Miles likely out for season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward C.J. Miles is expected to miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left foot over the weekend.

Miles left a 135-128 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday due to left foot soreness. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that an MRI revealed a stress reaction.

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Sexton gets Cavs by Griffin-less Pistons

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers squeaked by without Kevin Love.

The Detroit Pistons, playing without Blake Griffin, weren't as fortunate.

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