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Owners vote down changes to lottery

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NEW YORK (AP) One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

A proposal that would reduce the incentive for teams to lose games on purpose in an effort to get a better pick in the draft appeared to be gathering momentum earlier in the week.

All that momentum disappeared almost overnight, with enough skittish owners unable or unwilling to sign off on significant reforms that could have widened the gulf between small and big-market teams.


Magic, Vucevic close to 4-year extension

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Rockets have worked hard this preseason to build a gritty identity.

If their finish against the Magic is any indication, they've made a lot of progress. Jeff Adrien's free throw with 35 seconds to play capped Houston's rally Wednesday night, with the Rockets beating Orlando 90-89 in preseason play.


Ballmer sees Griffin score 35, Paul 34

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Blake Griffin scored 35 points and Chris Paul added 34.


James sits as Cavs lose preseason finale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies reserves accomplished what the starters couldn't - they built enough of a lead to put away the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Marc Gasol had 16 points and nine rebounds, his backup Kosta Koufos scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies beat Cleveland 96-92 on Wednesday night.


Melo has 30 as Knicks rally past Wizards

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, including a tiebreaking three-point play with 13.9 seconds left, and the New York Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 103-100 on Wednesday night.

John Wall scored 29 points, hitting 10 of his 16 shots from the field, and Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points in the loss for the Wizards, who wrapped up their preseason schedule.


Randle's big 4th lifts Kobe-less Lakers

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) Julius Randle already feels the game slowing down after seven preseason games with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the rookie power forward demonstrated his comfort in an impressive finish to their latest preseason game.

Randle scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Jeremy Lin added 13 points in the Lakers' 94-86 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.


Regulars rest as Celtics beat Nets

BOSTON (AP) Boston coach Brad Stevens wasn't about to completely praise rookie Marcus Smart's performance.

Stevens didn't miss something he did wrong directly in front of him.


Hawks score 42 in 3rd, defeat Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jeff Teague scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks closed their preseason schedule with a resounding 117-107 victory over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Mike Scott added 19 points while Kyle Korver had 18 for Atlanta (4-3), which shot 52 percent from the field.


Bucks' Parker has 18 in loss to Wolves

MILWAUKEE (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic has been limited by ankle problems in his four-year NBA career, prompting the coaching staff to cap his minutes this season in an effort to keep him healthy.

Pekovic responded with a highly effective effort Wednesday night, finishing in 15 points and 13 rebounds in a little more than 19 minutes in Minnesota's 110-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Raptors slip past Maccabi Haifa 92-85

TORONTO (AP) Greivis Vasquez had 15 points, Lucas Nogueira scored six straight points in the final 2 minutes and the Toronto Raptors held off Israel's Maccabi Haifa 92-85 on Wednesday night for their sixth victory in seven preseason games.

Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross each had 11 points for the Raptors, whose sole exhibition defeat was a 113-106 loss at Sacramento on Oct. 7. James Johnson scored 10 points and Nogueira had eight in his preseason debut after sitting out the previous six games because of a sore left hamstring.

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