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Smart fined $35K for pursuing Bembry

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NEW YORK (AP) Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for "aggressively pursuing" DeAndre Bembry of the Atlanta Hawks and failing to promptly leave the court following his ejection.

NBA discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe handed down the fine Monday.

It stems from an incident that took place Saturday night in Atlanta after Smart received his second technical foul and was ejected in the third quarter of the Celtics' 113-105 victory.


Ankle shelves Lakers' Ball 4 to 6 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.

Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.


Bucks beat slumping Mavs, push run to 5

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 on Monday.

Eric Bledsoe had 21 points and Malcolm Brogdon 19 for the Bucks, who have won five straight and 12 of their last 14 to improve to 34-12 overall.


George, Thunder extend Knicks' home woes

NEW YORK (AP) Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder put this game away in a hurry.

The Thunder never trailed, bolting to a big lead and romping past the New York Knicks 127-109 on Monday.


Bulls handle Cavs to end 10-game slide

CLEVELAND (AP) Zach LaVine scored 25 points and the Chicago Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 Monday in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

Chicago (11-36) never trailed and has won all three games this season against Cleveland (9-39), which has lost 16 of 17 overall.


76ers set for visit from potent Rockets

The Philadelphia 76ers will look to rebound from a tough setback when they host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

The 76ers were reeling following a heartbreaking two-point home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.


Wizards use defense to cruise by Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) Trevor Ariza scored 20 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 19 and the Washington Wizards turned in their best defensive performance this season in beating the Detroit Pistons 101-87 on Monday.

The Wizards held the Pistons to 30 percent shooting from the floor in the first half and never let their lead dip below 10 points in the second. Detroit's 87 points were the fewest by a Washington opponent this season.


Rose's late shot lifts Wolves over Suns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Derrick Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolves needed this one.

With 30 seconds left, Rose missed the first of two free throws and was kicking himself for failing to give his team the lead.


Pacers keep rolling, rout Hornets 120-95

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Darren Collison threw the early scoring punches. Victor Oladipo delivered the decisive second-half flurry.

Together, the Indiana Pacers' starting guards were a knockout combination.


Harris' 27-9-9 lift Clippers over Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have lost so often recently, they had nothing to lose against the San Antonio Spurs.

Turns out, that can be a real winning attitude.

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