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Bucks eye 8th straight win, host Hornets

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The Milwaukee Bucks look to push their win streak to eight games Wednesday night as they host the Charlotte Hornets.

The Bucks have not lost since Nov. 14 and also have won their last five games at home dating to Nov. 5. They are averaging 113.9 points during the streak and have shot over 45 percent from the field in six of seven games.

Milwaukee is coming off a 118-100 win over the Pacers on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds on 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) shooting. Jrue Holiday added 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, Bobby Portis recorded 15 points, and Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton each had 14.


Booker injured but Suns win 17th in row

PHOENIX (AP) Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton were all smiles at the postgame podium, reminiscing about a four-year turnaround for the Phoenix Suns that's in some ways still hard to believe.

The Suns won just 19 games during their rookie seasons. Now, they've tied a franchise record with 17 wins - in a row.


Lakers' James in NBA's virus protocols

LeBron James has been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and was ruled out for the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Such a move almost certainly means one of two things: that James, who said earlier this season that he is vaccinated, either tested positive for COVID-19 or had an inconclusive result.


Late FTs help Nets survive Knicks' rally

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant and James Harden took turns putting on a show in front of the largest crowd ever to see a Nets game in Brooklyn, one that was split between fans of New York's two teams.

In the end, the Nets were celebrating and the Knicks were fuming.


Trail Blazers win 10th straight at home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Ben McLemore found out when he came to the Moda Center on Tuesday afternoon that he'd likely be seeing playing time for the Trail Blazers.

With Portland missing several players, McLemore had 17 points off the bench and the Blazers handed the Detroit Pistons their seventh straight loss with a 110-92 victory.


Lakers rally past Kings without LeBron

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Anthony Davis scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of LeBron James to beat the Sacramento Kings 117-92 on Tuesday night.

The Lakers sent James home earlier in the day after he was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocol. Davis said James told him he felt good and was asymptomatic, but the Lakers will have to play at least a few games without him.


Grizzlies win 2nd in row without Morant

TORONTO (AP) Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 25 points, Desmond Bane had 23 and Dillon Brooks 17 as the Memphis Grizzlies won back-to-back games, beating the struggling Toronto Raptors 98-91 Tuesday night.

After beating Sacramento Sunday, Memphis won again without leading scorer Ja Morant, who sat for the second game because of a sprained left knee. Morant is expected to miss at least two weeks.


Kanter changes last name to Freedom

BOSTON (AP) Enes Freedom will now be linked forever to a word he says he fought for his entire life.

The Boston Celtics center changed his name from Enes Kanter to Enes Kanter Freedom in celebration of him officially becoming a United States citizen on Monday.


Jokic back, Nuggets top Heat to end skid

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat said 19,600 fans attended their home game Monday night.

At least two of them left happy.


Nuggets' Porter to have back surgery

MIAMI (AP) Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets needs surgery to address his latest back injury, and there's no known timetable yet for his return.

Porter's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said the surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. Porter - who dealt with a serious back problem in college, so severe that some wondered if he would ever be an effective NBA player - has been limited to nine games this season.