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Hornets' Clifford back from 21 games off

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford has battled headaches for the past two years.

But when the pain became so intense before a Charlotte home game last December it frightened him, and he couldn't ignore the problem any longer.

The 56-year-old Clifford walked away from the Hornets that day to undergo medical testing on his brain and get his life in order. Results revealed no internal problems, but the doctor's diagnosis was one other workaholic professional and college coaches may want to pay attention to: Clifford was suffering from severe sleep deprivation. And, if he didn't do something about it, the condition was only going to get worse.


Rockets try to confront Clips after game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA is planning to speak with players from both the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers to determine the specifics of late-game and postgame events involving the teams.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Tuesday that the league would look into the matter. Tempers boiled over Monday night late in the Clippers' 113-102 victory , to the point where several security guards were needed outside the Houston locker room postgame.


Warriors top Cavs, road streak hits 13

CLEVELAND (AP) Once the lead swelled to 14, Kevin Durant waved both arms like a boxing referee stopping a fight.

Another knockout on the road for these Warriors.


Clips get testy win in Paul's LA return

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.

The final minutes of the game were filled with technical fouls, ejections, swearing, bumping - and that was just the beginning.


Bulls snap Heat's 7-game win streak

CHICAGO (AP) Zach LaVine is making the most of his limited minutes.

The guard scored 18 points in his second game with Chicago as the Bulls ended the Miami Heat's seven-game winning streak with a 119-111 victory Monday.


Embiid has 34 and 11, 76ers beat Raptors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Just as the Philadelphia 76ers were letting yet another big lead slip away, a leak in their locker room sent water spilling into the hallway.

Sixers employees stopped the stream before it reached the court, and the players prevented a fourth-quarter gusher from washing away another sure win.


Giannis' 27 and 20 lift Bucks by Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Now that he has this basketball thing figured out, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he wouldn't make a bad long snapper in football, either.

Antetokounmpo hiked the ball through his legs to teammate Khris Middleton for a fast-break dunk and the highlight of his all-around dominant performance as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 104-95 on Monday. Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in the Bucks' second road victory against the Wizards in 10 days.


Lowly Hawks hold off Spurs 102-99

ATLANTA (AP) Dennis Schroder loves taking charge with the outcome uncertain in the closing seconds.

It means even more when he can push the Atlanta Hawks to a rare victory over the San Antonio Spurs.


Thunder rally by Kings, Westbrook tossed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The third quarter has often been a problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, but that's when they made their move Monday night against the Sacramento Kings.

Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and Oklahoma City rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Sacramento 95-88.


Hot-shooting Pacers cruise by Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Offense trumped defense on a night when one of the NBA's most efficient offensive teams met one of the top defensive units.

Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers shot 54 percent from 3-point range in a 109-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday.

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