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Celtics PG Irving to have knee surgery

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BOSTON (AP) The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee.

Irving has been out since March 11, missing the last four games.

There is no timetable for his return, but the team says his status will be updated following the "minimally invasive" procedure.


Akron latest with billboard to woo James

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James can almost see from his backyard the latest billboard enticing him to sign as a free agent.

In response to other cities displaying signs hoping to land James, who can become a free agent this summer, a realtor in his hometown of Akron paid for a billboard with a message reminding the NBA star that he doesn't have to go anywhere.


Bucks' Antetokounmpo out against Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the Milwaukee Bucks' home game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained right ankle.

The Bucks ruled out Antetokounmpo earlier Friday.


Protests delay Hawks-Kings, fans limited

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) On the best night of his rookie season, Sacramento's Justin Jackson had a difficult time keeping his mind off the protests going on outside of Golden1 Center.

He was far from alone in his feelings.


Walker has 46, Hornets rip Memphis by 61

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker was surprised to learn his Charlotte Hornets had just recorded the sixth-largest win in NBA history.

"That's not something you see every day," Walker said after his 46 points led the Hornets to a 140-79 victory Thursday night over the Memphis Grizzlies. "We played well. We knew these guys were short-handed with no Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, who are two awesome players. But we just handled our business."


Without Paul, Rockets edge Pistons in OT

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden struggled to find his shot for four quarters before the NBA's leading scorer mustered just enough offense in overtime to help the Houston Rockets to another win.

Harden scored 21 points, including 10 of Houston's 12 points in overtime, to lift the Rockets to a 100-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.


Jazz rebound vs. Mavs for 22nd win in 25

DALLAS (AP) Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz got right back on the winning track.

Mitchell scored 26 points and the Jazz shot 53 percent from the field to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 on Thursday night.


76ers rout Magic for fifth straight win

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers keep raising the bar.

"After last night, knowing we were in fourth position, we wanted to come out and send a message and let everybody know we will go for the home court," Joel Embiid said Thursday night after a 118-98 rout of the Orlando Magic.


Davis helps Pelicans rally past Lakers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A rescheduled game this week that forced the Pelicans to play five times in six nights provided Anthony Davis and New Orleans with what would have been a reasonable excuse for fading against a young Lakers squad that was eager to push the pace after two nights off.

Instead, a determined Davis and seemingly rejuvenated Rajon Rondo spearheaded a riveting rally that has lifted them into fourth place in the Western Conference.


Lakers sign F Wear for rest of season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Travis Wear for the rest of the season.

The Lakers announced the deal Friday.

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