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Spurs host Heat riding 9-game win streak

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 18: The San Antonio Spurs huddle up during the game against the Golden State Warriors on March 18, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Nothing much these days has been stopping -- or even slowing down -- San Antonio, which is rolling into the final 11 games of the NBA season like a powerful and loaded freight train.

The Miami Heat will be the next team to try to pull the brake on the Spurs' express, but will have to be at their best to keep from being the latest opponent to be pushed off the tracks when the two teams square off on Wednesday at the AT&T Center in the Alamo City.

San Antonio (42-29) has won nine straight games, with its most recent victory a 111-105 dismantling of defending NBA-champion Golden State at home on Monday. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.

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Celtics going for season sweep of 76ers

The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers has been one-sided over the last few years.

Boston, which has defeated Philadelphia in 17 of the last 19 regular-season meetings, has won each of the three encounters in 2018-19 and dispatched its Atlantic Division adversary in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring.

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Bucks F Mirotic out indefinitely

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely an examination of his left thumb revealed a sprain and a fracture.

Since being acquired by the Bucks on Feb. 7, Mirotic has played in 14 games with three starts. He is averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.9 minutes per game for the NBA-leading Bucks.

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Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors

LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he's interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.

The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that he is close friends with Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations.

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Curry has 36 as Warriors move atop West

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Golden State's most recent homestand included a 33-point loss to Boston and a startling defeat to last-place Phoenix, reminding the Warriors of the work that's ahead of them to win a fourth NBA championship in five years.

The Warriors passed their first challenge with a 3-1 record on this tough road trip, finishing in Minnesota with a clinic in half-court passing and shooting.

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Russell scores 44, rallies Nets by Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson tried just about everything to kick the Nets into gear. There were quick timeouts, angry, animated discussions with his players and even switching from man to zone defense.

When nothing else worked, D'Angelo Russell and a handful of Brooklyn reserves took over and carried the Nets to an improbable win on their longest road trip of the season.

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Clips deny Pacers playoff berth clinch

LOS ANGELES (AP) Off to an 8-1 start in March, the Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward the playoffs, something critics figured they were giving up on after trading leading scorer Tobias Harris and making other moves in February.

Instead, they're holding onto the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference and within reach of a higher seed.

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Simmons, Redick lead 76ers past Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) JJ Redick's last triple-double came in high school.

"Does high school even count?" Redick said with a grin. "I mean we all have our high school stories."

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Harden, Capela help Rockets beat Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Chris Paul wasn't concerned that Houston would keep struggling to hit shots.

"In the first half we weren't making anything," he said. "We looked, and it was tied up and we were down two at some point. Once we started making stops, we can blow this game open, man. That's what I always say. `If we're not making shots, you better go on a run on us.' "

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National teams joining Summer League

LAS VEGAS (AP) NBA Summer League is going international this year.

The Chinese and Croatian national teams will join all 30 NBA clubs at this year's tournament in Las Vegas, taking place from July 5 through July 15. China sent a team to Summer League in 2007, and Croatia will play in the event for the first time.

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