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LeBron on verge of NBA's 30K point club

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CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James never imagined the view from 30,000 - points.

Now in his 15th season, James needs 41 points to become the seventh NBA player - and youngest - to reach 30,000 career points, a mark he couldn't have fathomed when he began his career.

James is on the verge of joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the select list of scorers.

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Rockets' Green, Ariza suspended 2 games

Trevor Ariza said nothing happened. The NBA strongly disagreed.

Ariza and Gerald Green will both be suspended for Houston's next two games, with the NBA coming down hard on both Wednesday for what the league said was their "hostile, verbal altercation" with several players in the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room earlier this week.

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Spurs F Leonard sidelined indefinitely

NEW YORK (AP) Kawhi Leonard is headed back to the sidelines, and he'll stay there until his leg is ready.

The San Antonio Spurs decided to shut their All-Star forward down Wednesday, saying Leonard would be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from injury.

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Warriors beat Bulls, road streak hits 14

CHICAGO (AP) When the Splash Brothers are making their shots, even Kevin Durant is content with a supporting role.

Such is life for the Golden State Warriors.

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Hornets rip Wizards in Clifford's return

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nic Batum said it felt like old times having coach Steve Clifford back on the bench Wednesday night.

"Even when we were up 25 points, he was still screaming at us, still wasn't happy," Batum said with a laugh. "He wasn't happy after the game either. I missed him a lot. It's cool to have him back."

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Clippers hold off Nuggets, push run to 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) Credit the Goon Squad with a big assist.

The Clippers' bench narrowed a 10-point deficit to one heading into the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles hung on for a 109-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

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Down 19, Hawks rally to stun Pelicans

ATLANTA (AP) With a chance to win the game, Kent Bazemore wasn't the first option for the Atlanta Hawks.

He wound up with the ball - and it worked out just fine.

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Raptors beat Pistons, now 16-3 at home

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have done a good job of avoiding lengthy losing streaks this season.

The struggling Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, are paying the price for making a habit of slow starts.

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Anthony scores 27 as Thunder beat Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role.

He scored 27 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night.

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Pharrell, N.E.R.D at All-Star halftime

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

Fergie, who has eight Grammys, will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to tip-off. Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will perform the national anthem of their home country.

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