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James takes aim at all-time scoring mark

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History awaits on Tuesday night as LeBron James puts the all-time NBA scoring record in his sights when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After 20 seasons and 38,352 career points, James is just 36 points shy of breaking the career record set by former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during his own 20-season career.

Abdul-Jabbar plans to be on hand for the moment after holding the scoring crown for nearly 39 years following his record-breaking skyhook during a game against the Utah Jazz on April 5, 1984.


Suns' Booker to return vs. depleted Nets

Devin Booker spent the weekend checking all of the final hurdles in his recovery from a left groin injury, playing five-on-five in practice in Boston and dunking during pregame warmups in Detroit.

By Monday afternoon, the Phoenix star had declared himself ready to go. The Suns are anticipating Booker's first action since Christmas Day on Tuesday night when they visit a somewhat revamped version of the Brooklyn Nets.


Heat re-evaluating Lowry's knee in 1 wk.

MIAMI (AP) Kyle Lowry has been ruled out for the Miami Heat's next three games with a left knee issue, and he could be sidelined even longer.

Lowry is averaging 12.0 points and 5.3 assists on 39.6% shooting this season, numbers all down from a year ago when Miami went into the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 1 seed. He will miss games against Indiana on Wednesday, versus Houston on Friday and at Orlando on Saturday.


Heat trading Dedmon, draft pick to Spurs

MIAMI (AP) The San Antonio Spurs are acquiring center Dewayne Dedmon from the Miami Heat, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The Spurs also are getting a second-round draft pick while the Heat will receive cash considerations, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized.


NBA approves Ishbia as Suns' new owner

PHOENIX (AP) Mortgage executive and former Michigan State guard Mat Ishbia is the new majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, after the NBA's board of governors approved his plan to purchase the controlling stake of those franchises from Robert Sarver.

The league announced the approval Monday night, saying the transaction will be finalized later this week. The vote was 29-0, with the Cleveland Cavaliers abstaining, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the final decision had not yet been announced publicly.


Bucks handle Blazers, extend streak to 8

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Brook Lopez scored 27 points and the Milwaukee Bucks stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 127-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Bucks led the whole way, pushing their advantage to 26 in the second half.


Mavs get by Jazz with Doncic out again

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kyrie Irving hadn't arrived yet and Luka Doncic was out, so it was time for the Dallas youngsters to shine.

Josh Green and Jaden Hardy each scored career highs of 29 points and the short-handed Mavericks stunned the Utah Jazz 124-111 on Monday night after completing a trade for Irving.


Tatum, Celtics end strong to top Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Jayson Tatum started slow and finished strong with 34 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, leading the Boston Celtics to a 111-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

"You know at some point, he's going to be a superstar," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.


Murray's eight 3s help Kings rip Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) Keegan Murray had a career-high 30 points and set a franchise rookie record with eight 3-pointers to help the Sacramento Kings snap a two-game skid with a 140-120 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

The fourth overall pick in last year's NBA draft, Murray shot 8 for 12 from beyond the arc on a night when the Kings made 21 3-pointers. The previous team mark for 3s by a rookie was set by Ricky Berry with seven in 1989.


Garland, Allen key Cavs' rout of Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen scored 23 points apiece and Donovan Mitchell added 21 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-91 rout of the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

All five Cleveland starters were in double figures by halftime, and the Cavaliers won for the fourth time in five games. Evan Mobley finished with 16 points and Isaac Okoro contributed 12.

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