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Ilyasova's 34 help Bucks hold off Pacers

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Struggling with early season injuries and the adjustment to a new coaching staff, Ersan Ilyasova hasn't quite been himself for the Milwaukee Bucks.

That is beginning to change, just as the Bucks reach the most critical point of their playoff push.

Ilyasova followed up a recent run of good performances with a breakthrough game, scoring a career-high 34 points in the Bucks' 111-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.

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Warriors aim to tie team record for wins

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) It has been a season full of firsts and fun for the Golden State Warriors, rewriting the franchise record book and rediscovering what it means to be a winner.

A few milestones still remain - one for the season, and one for all time.

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Big 3 shine as Cavs rout Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers' recent dominance carried over to a trouncing of one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

The Cavaliers built a 29-point lead in the third quarter, maintained the cushion through the fourth and defeated Memphis 111-89 on Wednesday night, handing the Grizzlies their biggest home loss of the season.

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Howard returns as Rockets beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Dwight Howard corralled a no-look pass from James Harden along the baseline and went up quickly for a forceful one-handed stuff.

That first-quarter highlight alone would have been a promising sign for a Rockets squad gearing up for the playoffs. Erasing a 17-point deficit on the road against a desperate Pelicans team made for an even more satisfying night.

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Spurs cool Thunder with 130-91 rout

SAN ANTONIO (AP) This was San Antonio at a very high level. For coach Gregg Popovich, it was more evidence that the Spurs need to be more consistent.

Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists, and San Antonio stopped Oklahoma City's four-game winning streak with a runaway 130-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.

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Bulls run win streak vs. Raptors to 5

TORONTO (AP) The Chicago Bulls are feeling good about themselves as they head toward the playoffs.

Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Pau Gasol had 18 and the Bulls beat Toronto 116-103 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory over the Raptors.

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Down 10 in 4th, Blazers rally past Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Damian Lillard refused to let the reeling Trail Blazers lose their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night. Portland was on the verge of exactly that, trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, when the third-year point guard from nearby Weber State decided to attack the basket again and again and again.

Lillard finished with 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 92-89.

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Hawks end slide at 3 with impressive 4th

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Hawks want to do everything they can over their last dozen games to be as playoff-ready as possible.

They started by saying goodbye to their longest losing streak of the season.

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Jordan 7 of 7, Clips crush Knicks 111-80

NEW YORK (AP) Doc Rivers sat his starters down early, then benched himself after the game.

Rivers sent out assistant Mike Woodson to handle the postgame interviews, and the former Knicks coach had plenty to smile about after his new team smashed his old one.

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Dragic leads banged-up Heat past Celtics

BOSTON (AP) The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks.

Goran Dragic knew what he had to do.

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