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76ers beat Butler's ex-Wolves team by 42

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jimmy Butler's final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.

At home in Philadelphia, Butler is still working out the kinks with his new star teammates. But Butler had one final parting gift for his old team: a complete thrashing that left the Timberwolves in tatters.

Butler scored 19 points in the first meeting with Minnesota since the trade, and the 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 rout on Tuesday night.


Warriors score record 51 in 1st in rout

DENVER (AP) Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors, propelled by an NBA-record, 51-point first quarter, regained the top spot in the Western Conference by routing the Denver Nuggets 142-111 on Tuesday night.

Golden State cruised to a fifth straight win to move a half-game in front of the Nuggets, who had their 12-game home winning streak snapped.


Giannis triple-doubles as Bucks rip Heat

MILWAUKEE (AP) Held well below his season scoring average, Giannis Antetokounmpo found other ways to help the Milwaukee Bucks win.

Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Bucks cruised past the Miami Heat 124-86 on Tuesday night.


Young stars as Hawks surge past Thunder

ATLANTA (AP) Just when it seemed Dennis Schroder would enjoy a triumphant return to Atlanta, his successor as the Hawks' starting point guard had a winning answer.

Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists to win the showdown of current and past Atlanta point guards, leading the Hawks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 142-126 on Tuesday night.


Pacers trash Suns as Turner returns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana has its sights set on the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

On Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns found themselves directly in the way of a determined Pacers team.


Harden's 57 lead Rockets over Grizzlies

HOUSTON (AP) After scoring a season-high 57 points in Houston's win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, James Harden was asked how he was able to put Sunday's loss to Orlando, when he went 1 for 17 from 3-point range, behind him so quickly.

"I went 1 for 17? That's a lot of 3s missed," he deadpanned. "Oh wow!"


Nets send Celtics to 3rd straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Celtics had been beating the Brooklyn Nets for years, first in trades and then in games.

With D'Angelo Russell on a roll and Kyrie Irving on the bench in street clothes, Brooklyn finally broke through.


Hornets win in Parker San Antonio return

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The fans in San Antonio didn't care too much about a rare home loss. They only wanted to shower Tony Parker with love and appreciation.

Parker gave them plenty to cheer about, just as he did for 17 seasons with the Spurs.


Davis scores 46, Pelicans beat Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis missed his first five shots and scored just four points in the first quarter, announcing to his teammates on the bench that he stunk.

They didn't think so - and they were right.


Gobert has 25 boards as Jazz top Pistons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz discovered an unusual motivator Monday night.

All game long, Mitchell heard a persistent heckler in the Utah crowd.

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