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Butler trade to Philly made official

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MIAMI (AP) Jimmy Butler is in Philadelphia, and upon his arrival he immediately began talking about winning a championship.

"The Process" has a whole new meaning.

Butler, a four-time All-Star forward, is now officially a member of the 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office Monday on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend.


Nuggets look to snap skid vs. Rockets

DENVER (AP) Nuggets coach Michael Malone kept the mood light at practice Monday and the lectures to a minimum.

No reason to get too worked up over Denver's current three-game skid. After all, this is the same bunch that began 9-1 for one of the best starts in franchise history.


GM denies report Rockets waiving 'Melo

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey denied a report Sunday that said Carmelo Anthony's time with the team will soon come to an end.

Anthony, who was out for the second straight game Sunday night with an illness, is in his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City.


Lopez helps Bucks get rare win in Denver

DENVER (AP) Brook Lopez always drew attention in the paint. Now, the Milwaukee Bucks' 7-footer is starting to draw a defensive crowd the moment he crosses the half-court line because of his 3-point shooting.

Lopez had a career-high eight 3-pointers and 28 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks snap an eight-game skid in Denver, beating the Nuggets 121-114 on Sunday night.


Harden's 40 gets Rockets first home win

HOUSTON (AP) It's more than three weeks into the season and the Houston Rockets finally got their first home win on Sunday night.

With the hole they're in early, they'll need plenty more to dig their way out.


James' late dunk lifts Lakers over Hawks

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tyson Chandler had quite a week with the Lakers.

Plucked from last-place Phoenix, Chandler played a key defensive role in his first three games with his new team, helping them win three straight for the first time this season.


Blazers down Celtics, extend streak to 4

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Al-Farouq Aminu says he's grateful his teammates trust him in the big moments.

Aminu hit a pair of late 3-pointers and the Portland Trail Blazers won their fourth straight game, holding off the Boston Celtics 100-94 on Sunday night.


Parker, Walker lead Hornets past Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Most of the stars of the 2005 NBA Finals have been out of the league for several years.

Tony Parker, is still beating the Detroit Pistons.


Wade to sit at least another week

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is putting family over basketball right now.

Wade will miss at least another week before resuming his final Heat season, telling The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that he needs time to continue bonding with and caring for his daughter. Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union-Wade, had the baby via a surrogate last week.


Ross, Vucevic help Magic down Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic got an unwelcome surprise when the lights in their New York hotel rooms all turned on at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Turns out, they didn't need a full night of sleep - or even All-Star Aaron Gordon - to romp over the New York Knicks.

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