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Ball, 3 other Hornets in virus protocols

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Four Charlotte Hornets players, including last year's Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball, have been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols on Saturday, an indicator they have tested positive of the coronavirus.

Along with Ball, guard Terry Rozier, center Mason Plumlee and forward Jalen McDaniels will be sidelined for at least 10 days, or until they have recorded two negative tests in a 24-hour period according to league rules.

Barring more positive tests, the Hornets would meet the NBA's minimum required eight players to play their next scheduled game on Sunday night at Atlanta. The team is scheduled to depart for Atlanta on Saturday.

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Bucks rip shorthanded Heat minus Giannis

MILWAUKEE (AP) It wasn't exactly a revenge game for the Milwaukee Bucks, though it felt good.

Pat Connaughton made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and the Bucks avenged an embarrassing loss from the second game of the season, beating the Heat 124-102 on Saturday night despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Spurs withstand Warriors' furious rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Derrick White scored 25 points, Dejounte Murray had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held off a furious rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 112-107 on Saturday night.

The Spurs closed the game with an 8-1 run to win their fourth straight.

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LaVine, DeRozan lead Bulls past Nets

NEW YORK (AP) The Bulls were down, but not out.

Behind Zach LaVine's 31 points and DeMar DeRozan's 29, 13 in the fourth quarter, Chicago overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-107 on Saturday night.

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Celtics start fast in rout of Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder scored 31 points apiece and the Boston Celtics rode a sizzling start to a 145-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Enes Freedom grabbed 15 rebounds off the bench for the Celtics, who made 14 of their first 15 shots and built a 21-point, first-half lead.

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Surging Grizzlies beat shorthanded Mavs

DALLAS (AP) The next time the Memphis Grizzlies trail in what is expected to be about two weeks without Ja Morant will be the first.

Desmond Bane scored a career-high 29 points, and the Grizzlies held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Saturday night in their first game since setting an NBA record with a 73-point victory.

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Davis helps Kings defeat Clippers again

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Terence Davis scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time in four nights with a 104-99 victory Saturday.

Davis made all four of his 3-point attempts in the third quarter and finished 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.

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Jokic paces Nuggets in rout of Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Nikola Jokic scored 32 points and had 11 rebounds in just 27 minutes, leading the Denver Nuggets over the New York Knicks 113-99 Saturday.

Denver never trailed in winning for only the third time in 10 games.

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Blazers fire GM Olshey after scandal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers fired Neil Olshey, the team's president of basketball operations and general manager, on Friday after an investigation into workplace conduct.

The Blazers promoted director of player personnel Joe Cronin to interim GM.

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Gordon's jumper pushes Rockets' run to 5

HOUSTON (AP) Eric Gordon scored 24 points and his short jumper with 1.6 seconds left lifted the Houston Rockets to their fifth consecutive win, 118-116 over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Houston had dropped 15 straight before its winning streak.

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