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Towns hurt as Wizards outscore Wolves

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WASHINGTON (AP) Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points, including 29 in the first half, and the Washington Wizards beat Minnesota 142-127 on Monday night after Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony-Towns was helped off the court in the third quarter with a right leg injury.

Towns grabbed at his leg and went down near midcourt. He was helped off without putting weight on the leg, and the team announced that he had a right calf strain.

All six of Porzingis' 3-pointers came in the first half. Washington shot 57% from the field for the game.


Embiid returns to help 76ers edge Hawks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid won one for the 76ers in 60 seconds.

Embiid scored seven of his 30 points in the final minute, including go-ahead 14-footer with 18.6 seconds left, and led Philadelphia past the Atlanta Hawks 104-101 in his return from a sprained left foot on Monday night.


Booker has 44 as Suns win fifth straight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Devin Booker had 44 points, eight rebounds and six steals, and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to five with a 122-117 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

"That's kind of what I get paid to do," Booker said. "I was worried about getting everyone else involved. Late in the game we got a lot of open shots."


Durant pours in 45, lifts Nets by Magic

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored a season-high 45 points, carrying the Brooklyn Nets to a 109-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night that got them back to .500.

Durant shot 19 of 24 from the field and added seven rebounds and five assists, playing 39 minutes on the second night of back-to-back games.


Pacers hit 3 at buzzer to stun Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Rookie Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a stunning 116-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Tyrese Haliburton scored 24 points and hit a tying layup with 39 seconds left for the Pacers, who trailed 101-84 early in the fourth. LeBron James hit a one-handed floater with 20.9 seconds left, and Myles Turner missed an ensuing 3-point attempt for Indiana - but Haliburton got the long rebound and eventually found Nembhard alone on the perimeter with a crosscourt pass.


Siakam's return sparks Raptors past Cavs

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 11 rebounds in his return from injury, O.G. Anunoby scored 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-88 on Monday night.

Gary Trent Jr. added 14 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 and Scottie Barnes 11 as the Raptors improved to 8-2 at home.


Smart leads Celtics' blowout of Hornets

BOSTON (AP) The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year showed he can do it on offense, too.

Celtics point guard Marcus Smart had a career-high 15 assists on Monday night, adding 22 points to help Boston beat the Charlotte Hornets 140-105 and give the defending Eastern Conference champions their 13th win in 14 games.


DeRozan, Bulls extend Jazz's skid to 5

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and six assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Zach LaVine added 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists for the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.


Jokic, Murray power Nuggets over Rockets

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored a season-high 31 and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Houston Rockets 129-113 on Monday night.

The win was the Nuggets' third in a row following a home loss last Tuesday against lowly Detroit.


Mavs, 4-time All-Star Walker near deal

The Dallas Mavericks are close to a deal with four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Monday.

Walker's career has been on hold because of knee injuries, but the 32-year-old could give superstar Luka Doncic some much-needed backcourt help for the struggling Mavericks.

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