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Rose leaves Cavs to evaluate future

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CLEVELAND (AP) Derrick Rose's injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point.

The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Rose has been excused since Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return.

The team did not offer any other details about Rose's absence.

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James has 27-16-13, Cavs extend run to 7

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers' sleeveless black jerseys already had LeBron James' stamp of approval, though a change in shoes might have been the difference Friday night.

James had 27 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists, J.R. Smith made the tiebreaking free throw with 48 seconds left, and Cleveland extended its winning streak to seven straight with a 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

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Warriors rip Bulls without Durant, Green

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Two All-Stars down, the Splash Brothers took charge.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson showed some patience coach Steve Kerr appreciated. They made the perfect pass. They were efficient. They lit it up from all spots on the floor.

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Stephenson's late flurry sparks Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Victor Oladipo went out, Lance Stephenson stepped up.

Stephenson scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers win their fifth straight, 107-104 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

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Celts start fast, coast by reeling Magic

BOSTON (AP) Even as they won 16 games in a row, the Boston Celtics didn't make it easy on themselves.

A 16-point deficit against Atlanta. Down 13 in the fourth to Dallas. Double-digit deficits in three straight games, in fact, that Boston erased en route to the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history.

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Pistons overcome Westbrook's 27-11-11

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Another second-half collapse, another round of questions about Oklahoma City's finishing power.

After dominating defending NBA champion Golden State from start to finish two days earlier, the Thunder wasted a big lead in a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

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Heat hit 19 3s to take down Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Miami had seen its early lead slip away in Minnesota after a nearly perfect start shooting the ball.

A 14-point advantage had dwindled to one. Wayne Ellington came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer, then another, and the Heat found their spark.

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Pelicans crush Suns for third win in row

PHOENIX (AP) When Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are rolling and their teammates' shots are falling, it's a good night for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Mix in a lack of effort by an opponent, and Friday night was a very good night for New Orleans.

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Nuggets hand Memphis 7th straight loss

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic took on the role of closer.

Jokic scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and had 13 rebounds and eight assists to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-92 on Friday night.

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Lillard's 34, Nurkic's 29 lift Blazers

NEW YORK (AP) Jusuf Nurkic apologized to Damian Lillard as they strolled back to their locker room, upset he had missed two free throws with less the three seconds left, giving the Brooklyn Nets a chance to either tie or win it at the buzzer.

All Lillard could care about was Nurkic's heads up play a couple of seconds earlier that eventually served as the game-winner.

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