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Bulls
(27-24)
91
Hornets
(26-26)
108
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Kings
(21-30)
100
Cavaliers
(37-14)
120
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Lakers
(11-43)
87
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(28-24)
89
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Clippers
(35-17)
98
76ers
(8-44)
92
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Nuggets
(21-32)
104
Nets
(14-39)
105
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Raptors
(35-16)
103
Pistons
(27-26)
89
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Magic
(23-28)
117
Hawks
(30-24)
110
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Trail Blazers
(26-27)
112
Grizzlies
(30-22)
106
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Pelicans
(19-32)
116
Timberwolves
(16-37)
102
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Thunder
(39-14)
122
Suns
(14-39)
106
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LeBron James looking forward to matchup with Kobe Bryant (February 09, 2016)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 8: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers interacts with fans in the fourth quarter of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 8, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Lakers 89-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND -- With the Los Angeles Lakers out of playoff consideration -- let alone championship consideration -- it's safe to say there will be only three more games for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to play against one another.

Two of them will happen this week: on Wednesday, when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Lakers, and in Sunday's All-Star game in Toronto, where Bryant and James will face off in the annual East vs. West game.

James admitted Monday that seeing Bryant play out his final season has touched him.

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Durant, Thunder pull away to beat Suns 122-106 (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 08: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks up to the scoreboard during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Thunder defeated the Suns 122-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX -- Once Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant found his shot, it was all over for slumping Phoenix.

The man the Suns' P.J. Tucker called "the best scorer on the planet probably" scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half, and the Thunder pulled away in the final four minutes to hand the Suns their eighth consecutive loss, 122-106 on Monday.

Durant was just 5 for 15 from the field before he made his last six shots, four of them 3-pointers.

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Pelicans snap 4-game skid with easy win over Wolves (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis, right, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mired in a four-game losing streak and sinking further out of contention in the Western Conference, the New Orleans Pelicans were in desperate need of a confidence builder.

The Minnesota Timberwolves seemed happy to make it easy on them.

Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points apiece, and the Pelicans beat the Timberwolves 116-102 on Monday night for just their sixth road victory of the season.

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Lillard has 33 to lead Blazers past Grizzlies 112-106 in OT (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, foreground, drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- C.J. McCollum struggled with his shooting until overtime when a trio of field goals provided Portland with a winning boost.

McCollum had six of his 21 points in overtime, Damian Lillard scored 33 points and the Trail Blazers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-106 on Monday night.

"I wasn't very good," said McCollum, who was 7 of 19 from the field at the end of regulation. "I fouled. I gave up some points to Mike Conley. Didn't make shots. But I just had to stick with it. They need me to score. They need me to execute down the stretch and have the confidence to take and make good shots."

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Vucevic leads Magic comeback for 117-110 OT win over Hawks (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, left, is defended by Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. Orlando won 117-110 in overtime. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA -- A big comeback gave the Orlando Magic their second win over the Hawks in two days and renewed belief they can stage a similar rally in their season.

Nikola Vucevic scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime, and Orlando rallied from 20 points down to beat Atlanta 117-110 in overtime on Monday night.

The Magic beat the Hawks 96-94 on Sunday on a last-second 18-footer by Vucevic. The 7-foot center was the difference again on Monday night, when he had 13 rebounds and six assists.

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Raptors beat Pistons 103-89, have won 14 of 15 (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- When Andre Drummond's shot from about 80 feet dropped straight through the net to end the third quarter, Toronto's lead was down to five points, and it looked like this game against the Detroit Pistons might come down to the wire.

Instead, Kyle Lowry and the Raptors put it out of reach pretty quickly.

"That shot could have gave them some momentum, but we had the ball coming up the court, and we had to be aggressive," Lowry said.

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Johnson hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Nets beat Nuggets 105-104 (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Brooklyn Nets players celebrate after Nets forward Joe Johnson, second from left, hit a three-pointer with seconds left on the clock in regulation to defeat the Denver Nuggets 105-104 in an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in New York. Also shown are Nets forward Thaddeus Young, third from left, and center Brook Lopez, second from right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK -- Joe Johnson has been known as a clutch player during his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets and he came through again Monday night.

Johnson's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Nets to a 105-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

"The play wasn't designed for me because we were only down two," Johnson said. "It was designed to try to get Brook (Lopez) the ball in the paint and get a layup or easy deuce and go into overtime.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Responding to recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about a potential rule change to the “hack-a-player” strategy, Kobe Bryant said Monday that outlawing that tactic would “set a horrible example for kids.”

Bryant, a 37-year-old star for the Los Angeles Lakers, made his comment in response to a reporter’s question after the Lakers’ 89-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“You can’t protect guys because they can’t shoot free throws,” Bryant said. “You’re getting paid a lot of money to make a damn free throw, dude. I think it sets a bad precedent. I wouldn’t change it.”

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George's big finish leads Pacers past Lakers 89-87 (February 09, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 8: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 8, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant gave Indiana Pacers fans one last thrill Monday night.

Paul George made sure there was no Hollywood finish for one of the game's biggest stars.

After Bryant made three straight 3-pointers to give the Los Angeles Lakers a three-point lead with 2:30 left to play, George answered with six straight points to help the Pacers rally for an 89-87 victory.

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The Kings have gone 32-50 since hiring George Karl last year. Hector Amezcua/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

The Sacramento Kings are going ahead with a coaching change and plan to fire George Karl in the coming days, league sources told ESPN.

NBA coaching sources told ESPN that the Kings have decided internally that a change on the bench is needed and is likely to happen after Sacramento plays its final game before the All-Star break Wednesday in Philadelphia.

After Sacramento's listless 120-100 loss Monday in Cleveland, with Karl's dismissal increasingly regarded as an inevitability in league coaching circles, sources said the decision to proceed with a change on the bench is being made by Kings general manager Vlade Divac.

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