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Wade, James set to meet for final time

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The Miami Heat have won four of five for the first time this season and they'll try to stay on a roll when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday.

The Heat (11-14) are coming off back-to-back double-digit road wins against the Phoenix Suns on Friday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

The Lakers (16-10) will also be playing their third game in four days after losing at the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and winning at the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Los Angeles has won five of its past six.


Celtics to sit Horford, Irving, Hayward

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics were without four key players against the New Orleans Pelicans, with stars Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward all out for the game.

Big man Aron Baynes was also out with a sprained ankle Monday night. Horford was nursing a sore left knee, Irving had a sore right shoulder, and Hayward was ill.


Wizards' Wall won't play vs. Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) All-Star guard John Wall will miss the Washington Wizards' game Monday night at Indiana with bone spurs in his left heel.

Coach Scott Brooks has not said how much more time, if any, Wall might miss. He will be replaced in the lineup by Austin Rivers.


Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran G Young

DENVER (AP) The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA.

Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia and Washington over his 11-year career. Young was the 16th overall pick by the Wizards in 2007.


League Pass available quarter-by-quarter

NEW YORK (AP) Quarter-by-quarter pricing has launched on NBA League Pass, allowing fans to purchase games at reduced costs after each period.

Single games are $6.99, and that price drops to $4.99 after the first quarter, $2.99 after the first half and $1.99 at the end of the third quarter.


Brogdon's late 3s lift Bucks by Raptors

TORONTO (AP) After playing a starring role down the stretch, Malcolm Brogdon called this Milwaukee's best performance of the season.

Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Bucks held on to beat Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night.


Holiday's 37 help Pelicans down Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Alvin Gentry knew he needed Anthony Davis.

The New Orleans Pelicans coach didn't get his star at 100 percent. It was still enough.


DeRozan, Gay lead Spurs past Jazz

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs are starting to feel better about their play, which is a welcome sign for the former defensive stalwarts following a series of blowout losses.

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and eight assists and Rudy Gay added 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 110-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.


Walker, Lamb key Hornets' rout of Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) The Charlotte Hornets got off to a strong start and cruised to an easy win.

Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Jeremy Lamb added 19 as Charlotte beat the New York Knicks 119-107 on Sunday night in a game it never trailed.


Warriors named SI's Sportsperson of Year

The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year .

The Warriors join the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the other team honorees.

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