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Jefferson keys 3rd-quarter spurt, Mavs beat Pelicans 102-93 (March 03, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 2: Richard Jefferson #24 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 2, 2015 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

DALLAS -- Richard Jefferson has made the most of his rare opportunities to start this season for the Dallas Mavericks.

Jefferson tied his season high with 16 points, seven during a 16-0 Dallas run early in the third quarter, and the Mavericks raced past the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 on Monday night.

The 34-year-old Jefferson made his fifth consecutive start in place of small forward Chandler Parsons, sidelined with a sprained left ankle, and hit five of six field goal attempts. Jefferson has started nine games this season and scored in double figures seven times.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 2: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers grabs the rebound against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 2, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS -- The road-weary Los Angeles Clippers were getting outrun by the younger Minnesota Timberwolves and found themselves in danger of splitting a tough four-game trip.

That's when Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan locked in defensively to finish on a high note.

Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, and the Clippers allowed only one field goal in the fourth quarter to outlast the Timberwolves for a 110-105 victory Monday night.

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Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) reacts after scoring a 3-point basket, as teammate Dwyane Wade watches during the second half against the Phoenix Suns during an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 2, 2015, in Miami. Miami won 115-98. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI -- Making no effort to downplay how much this win meant to him, Goran Dragic thanked the Miami Heat for his birthday present.

His birthday, by the way, is on May 6.

Had it been any other opponent, Dragic said he wouldn't have played through the back spasms that have pained him for a few days. But this was the Phoenix Suns, the team that called him selfish after trading him to Miami last month, and Dragic's new teammates wouldn't let him down.

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Jarrett Jack's jumper pushes Nets past Stephen Curry, Warriors (March 03, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 2: Jarrett Jack #0 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after hitting the game winning shot against the Golden State Warriors during the game on March 2, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.1 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame Stephen Curry's stirring, fourth-quarter comeback attempt to beat the Golden State Warriors 110-108 on Monday.

Curry brought the Warriors back from 10 points down with under four minutes left and tied it, but he couldn't get a shot off after Jack's jumper.

Curry finished with 26 points, 18 of them in the final period. Nonetheless, Jack ran the clock down and shot over Curry as the Nets won their first home game since Feb. 6.

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Raptors top 76ers 114-103, snap 5-game losing streak (March 03, 2015)
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Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, top, and Philadelphia 76ers' Thomas Robinson chase after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA -- Toronto needed a boost from any player to halt a miserable losing streak.

DeMar DeRozan fit the bill with his best game of the season.

DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points, Lou Williams had 21 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 114-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

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Clippers' Blake Griffin nearing return from staph infection (March 03, 2015)
Arash Markazi [ Source: ESPN ]


MINNEAPOLIS - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who has been out the past three weeks after having a staph infection removed from his right elbow, has been running "full-tilt" and could be back by the end of the week, coach Doc Rivers said Monday.

"I know he's running and sweating and going full-tilt now," Rivers said. "That's good. I'm not sure what that means, not being there, but I know he's working, and that's all you can hope for. It's a good sign."

When Rivers was asked if Griffin was able to return to basketball activities, he said, "Yeah, I think so -- shooting."

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Mirza Teletovic, who told reporters Monday that he feels great, was told that frequent air travel and no time off likely contributed to the formation of blood clots in his lungs in January. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic, who will not play again this season after being diagnosed with multiple blood clots in his lungs in late January, told reporters Monday the clots are gone, he feels great and he hopes to return in six months.

Teletovic said the doctors have an 80 percent belief the clots originated as a result of the hip pointer he suffered in Cleveland in mid-December. The clot then traveled to his calf and lungs. He wasn't capable of breathing properly for "like 20 days" or so, he said.

Teletovic experienced shortness of breath in Los Angeles during the Nets' Jan. 22 game against the Los Angeles Clippers and was taken from the Staples Center to a local hospital in an ambulance. A battery of tests, including a CT scan, revealed the clots. The Nets announced the following day that he would miss the remainder of the season.

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James Harden will miss his first game of the season Tuesday when he serves a one-game suspension. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

HOUSTON -- The NBA announced Monday night that it had suspended Houston Rockets guard James Harden for one game without pay for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin during Sunday's game won by the Rockets in overtime.

Harden said after the game that he didn't believe he would be disciplined by the league.

Harden, who didn't speak with reporters Monday, left with the team for Tuesday's game at Atlanta.

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Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen try to avoid falling into a deeper hole as they clash with Barako Bull Energy in PBA Commissioner’s Cup action Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

San Miguel and Barako Bull face off at 7 p.m. after the opening game between Alaska Aces and Kia Carnival at 4:15 p.m in the last gameday before the league heads to Palawan for the All-Star break.

The last-placed Beermen (1-6), just coming off a Philippine Cup title run, are looking to salvage what has turned out to be a disappointing Commissioner’s Cup campaign. With just four games left in their schedule, they have to sweep their remaining matches in order to at least give themselves a better shot of making it to the quarterfinals.

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Kia Carnival's 7'4" import Peter John Ramos. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Alaska and Kia seek to recover from their latest outings and improve in the standings halfway through the elimination round.

The Aces (2-4) are on a two-game skid, bowing to Barako Bull in their last game while the Carnival (3-5) lost to Blackwater, 115-104, last Saturday.

“So far it has been an excellent conference for Kia as an expansion team and their fans should be very proud with the way they are playing,” stated Aces coach Alex Compton.

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