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Curry out 3 weeks, may return in Round 1

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry will miss at least three weeks with a sprained left knee, meaning the Golden State Warriors will be without their do-everything point guard and second-leading scorer for the rest of the regular season.

Curry could be back at the start of the playoffs next month if all goes well in rehabbing his latest injury. An MRI on Saturday showed a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament and the team said Curry would be re-evaluated in three weeks - that would be April 14 and a possible Game 1 of the playoffs for Golden State.

The two-time MVP had returned from a six-game absence after his latest right ankle injury Friday night only to injure his left knee. In the third quarter of a victory against Atlanta, center JaVale McGee fell into him. Curry hobbled off the court grimacing, sat on the bench and put his head down.


Simmons has 15-12-13, 76ers' run now 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) After his 10th triple-double, Ben Simmons was asked if he's done enough to lock up NBA Rookie of the Year award.

"I think so," he said.


Rockets set franchise mark with 59th win

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 27 points in three quarters and the Houston Rockets routed the New Orleans Pelicans 114-91 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.

The NBA-leading Rockets improved to 59-14 to overtake the 1993-94 championship team for the most wins in franchise history.


76ers: Decision to play belongs to Fultz

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers want Markelle Fultz back this season, but only when the No. 1 pick in last year's draft is comfortable that he's regained his shooting stroke.

Coach Brett Brown said before Saturday night's game against Minnesota that it would take Fultz telling the team's he's ready to play before a decision is made on his status for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.


Pistons hit 13 3s in 1st half, rip Bulls

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons are close to full strength now, and their performance of late reflects it.

It may be too late for any of that to matter.


Kuzma has 15 in 4th, Lakers top Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Kuzma scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 on Saturday night.

Julius Randle added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Lakers end a four-game losing streak. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, and Lonzo Ball had 12 points and 10 assists.


Magic send Suns to 11th straight loss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) There hasn't been a lot for the Orlando Magic to cheer about this season, so a victory over the Phoenix Suns and a couple of near triple-doubles by Aaron Gordon and D.J. Augustin were nearly cause for celebration.

Gordon had 29 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in what could have been the first triple-double of his career in Orlando's 105-99 victory Saturday night. Augustin was even closer, getting 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Magic end a three-game losing streak.


Aldridge scores 45, Spurs top Jazz in OT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs outlasted Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz.

Aldridge had a career-high 45 points, helping San Antonio overcome Mitchell's 35-point performance in the Spurs' 124-120 overtime victory over Utah on Friday night.


Celtics PG Irving to have knee surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee.

Irving has been out since March 11, missing the last four games. There is no timetable for his return from the "minimally invasive" procedure.


Morris' 30 help Celtics rally by Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Down 10 at the start of the fourth quarter, Boston's Marcus Morris and Al Horford assessed the situation against the Trail Blazers.

"We had a little conversation at the start of the fourth and said to each other, `If we come out strong and get this (lead) down we've got a great chance to come back and win this game,'" Morris said.

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