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Anthony scores 33 to help Knicks hold off Kings 103-100 (December 10, 2016)
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Carmelo Anthony scoress 33 against Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points, including two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining, and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 103-100 Friday night.

Kristaps Porzingis added 17 points and 10 rebounds for New York. Brandon Jennings scored 13 in place of injured Derrick Rose, and Kyle O'Quinn had eight points and 11 rebounds to help the Knicks beat the Kings for the second time in six days.

New York went cold from the field down the stretch but made six free throws over the final 2:09 to hang on.

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Eric Bledsoe scores 30, Suns hold off Lakers 119-115 (December 10, 2016)
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Eric Bledsoe scores 30 points and records nine assists to lead the Suns past the Lakers 119-115.

LOS ANGELES -- Eric Bledsoe had 30 points and nine assists, Leandro Barbosa added 21 points and the Phoenix Suns snapped their three-game losing streak with a 119-115 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Devin Booker had 15 points before fouling out for the Suns, who hit a season-high 13 3-pointers and withstood a late rally by the short-handed Lakers.

Lou Williams hit six 3-pointers and scored 35 points in another monster game for the Lakers, who have lost five straight after a promising start to their first season since Kobe Bryant retired.

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Matthews gets 26, Barnes 25 to lead Mavs past Pacers 111-103 (December 10, 2016)
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Wesley Matthews ties his season high with 26 points and Harrison Barnes records 25 of his own to lead the Mavericks past the Pacers 111-103.

DALLAS -- A night after a 31-point home loss that embarrassed Wesley Matthews and his teammates, they all showed up at a charity event hosted by the Dallas shooting guard.

Coach Rick Carlisle called it a team-building moment for the unit with the worst record in the Western Conference. Matthews couldn't really disagree.

"I'll have an event every night if that's what we're going to do," Matthews said after matching a season high with 26 points as the injury-plagued Mavericks answered their lowest point in a difficult season with a 111-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

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Pistons thump Timberwolves, 117-90 (December 10, 2016)
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Andre Drummond finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds against Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andre Drummond flexed his muscles, bowed his back and enforced his will on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

And the free-falling pups showed they wanted nothing to do with Detroit's monster in the middle, raising alarm bells all over Minnesota.

Drummond had 22 points and 22 rebounds for his second straight 20-20 game and the Pistons cruised to a 117-90 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night.

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Rockets overcome Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double (December 10, 2016)
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James Harden was 1 assists shy of a triple double.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He owns the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The NBA record is nine in a row by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

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Lowry scores 34 points, Raptors rally to beat Celtics 101-94 (December 10, 2016)
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Kyle Lowry.

BOSTON -- Not too many teams have been able to outshoot the Raptors this season. The Celtics were the latest to try and fail.

Kyle Lowry scored 21 of his season-high 34 points in the second half to help Toronto hold on for a 101-94 victory over Boston on Friday night.

Toronto erased an eight-point halftime deficit and led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter. The Celtics pulled within four in the final minute, but Al Horford fouled Lowry on a 3-point attempt with 30 seconds to play. Lowry made all three free throws to help close out the victory.

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James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat 114-84 (December 10, 2016)
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LeBron James.

CLEVELAND -- Another game, another milestone for LeBron James.

The four-time MVP scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The Cavs star was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

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Hornets blow out Magic 109-88 for 3rd straight victory (December 10, 2016)
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Kemba Walker.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker didn't mind a bit kicking back and watching the Charlotte reserves play the entire fourth quarter of a blowout win over the Orlando Magic.

Especially with an important road game at Cleveland coming up on Saturday night.

"It's always nice to get a little bit of a break," Walker said. "(The starters) played well so we were deserving of it, I thought."

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Mark Cuban said he'll stick by his definition of superstar but that Russell Westbrook could prove his assessment wrong by the end of the season. Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

DALLAS -- It will take more than a quarter-season of historic production for Mark Cuban to admit that Russell Westbrook has proved him wrong.

Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner who declared during last season's playoffs that Westbrook wasn't a superstar, isn't convinced by the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard being on pace to be the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962-63.

"He's putting up superstar numbers. That's for damn sure," Cuban said of Westbrook, who entered Friday night's game again the Houston Rockets averaging 31.0 points, 11.3 assists and 10.9 rebounds per game. "I'm not taking anything away from what he's been able to accomplish, but I'm not going to change my definition. He's putting superstar numbers. You can't deny that."

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Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas: 'I know what I bring to the table' (December 10, 2016)
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BOSTON -- All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas said those who believe the Boston Celtics are better without him don't even believe what they're saying.

Thomas, sidelined by a groin injury, wasn't with the team when it posted a lopsided 117-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. That led to speculation on Boston sports radio and local TV about whether Boston might be better without Thomas because of the ball movement the team displayed in his absence.

Asked if he'd heard any of the chatter before Friday's 101-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, Thomas downplayed it.

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