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Rockets deal Anthony, to be cut by Bulls

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.

Where he's going next remains unclear.

A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.

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Smart fined $35K for pursuing Bembry

NEW YORK (AP) Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for "aggressively pursuing" DeAndre Bembry of the Atlanta Hawks and failing to promptly leave the court following his ejection.

NBA discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe handed down the fine Monday.

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Bucks beat slumping Mavs, push run to 5

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks' offense as usual Monday, with a little help from Brook Lopez's blossoming long-range shooting.

On the other end of the floor, Lopez helped Milwaukee clamp down in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

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Celtics topple Heat for 4th straight win

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Irving has had 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in 10 games. Hall of Famer Larry Bird accomplished the feat 11 times in 1986-87.

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George, Thunder extend Knicks' home woes

NEW YORK (AP) Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder put this game away in a hurry.

The Thunder never trailed, bolting to a big lead and romping past the New York Knicks 127-109 on Monday.

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Bulls handle Cavs to end 10-game slide

CLEVELAND (AP) Somebody was bound to break a long skid Monday - Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls seized the opportunity.

LaVine scored 25 points and the Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

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Pelicans rout Grizzlies without Davis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points, Jahlil Okafor and Julius Randle had 20, and the balanced New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-85 on Monday without injured star Anthony Davis.

Okafor set a season high for points and added 10 rebounds filling in for Davis. Randle had 12 rebounds and Holiday grabbed 11 as New Orleans out-rebounded the Grizzlies 50-35 without its leading big man. It was the Pelicans' first game since announcing Davis would miss 1-2 weeks with a left index finger sprain.

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Russell has 31 as Nets win fourth in row

NEW YORK (AP) When D'Angelo Russell finished punishing the Kings with his offense in the third quarter, the Nets shut them down with their defense.

Add it up, and it made for one lopsided second half.

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Wizards use defense to cruise by Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) Exchanging their freewheeling ways for an improved defensive showing, the Washington Wizards looked like an entirely different team in their first game back from London.

The Wizards turned in their best defensive performance of the season on Monday in beating the Detroit Pistons 101-87. Even though Blake Griffin put up a game-high 29 points, Detroit's scoring output was the lowest by a Washington opponent this year.

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Ankle shelves Lakers' Ball 4 to 6 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.

Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.

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