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Owners vote down changes to lottery

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NEW YORK (AP) One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

A proposal that would reduce the incentive for teams to lose games on purpose in an effort to get a better pick in the draft appeared to be gathering momentum earlier in the week.

All that momentum disappeared almost overnight, with enough skittish owners unable or unwilling to sign off on significant reforms that could have widened the gulf between small and big-market teams.

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Magic, Vucevic close to 4-year extension

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jeff Adrien's free throw with 35 seconds to play capped Houston's rally Wednesday night, beating Orlando 90-89 in preseason play.

Troy Daniels and Isaiah Canaan led the Rockets with 14 points each.

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Regulars rest as Celtics beat Nets

BOSTON (AP) Rookie Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the final preseason game for both teams.

Gerald Wallace had 12 points for Boston, which finished the preseason 5-3 with its second straight win over Brooklyn.

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Raptors increase security after shooting

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors will have extra security in place for Wednesday night's preseason game after the Parliament Hill shootings in Ottawa.

The team is encouraging fans to arrive early for the Raptors' game against Maccabi Haifa so they have enough time to clear security at Air Canada Centre.

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Las Vegas PD probing Griffin complaint

LAS VEGAS (AP) Police in Las Vegas are investigating a man's complaint that Blake Griffin attacked him during an argument over a photo taken while Los Angeles Clippers players partied at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub, authorities said Wednesday.

No arrest was immediately made after a man filed a battery complaint Sunday stemming from an altercation involving Griffin and a camera, Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal said. He said the case remained open.

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Durant feels antsy but won't rush return

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant is having a tough time getting used to the fact that he will miss the early part of the season with a bone fracture in his right foot.

"I've been antsy since I got out of surgery," he said Tuesday. "Seen that Chicago-Cleveland game last night, and I wanted to get out there and play. As a competitor, I love to play basketball - that's all I've been doing. Injuries have never had me out this long, but it's part of the game."

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Pacers G Hill leaves with bruised knee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Bennett scored 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-89 preseason win over the injury-riddled Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

Bennett showed no lingering effects from a sore left knee, and Chase Budinger looked spry while scoring 12 points. Budinger is averaging nine points on 14-for-27 shooting this preseason after missing half of last season - including the final six games - with a right-ankle sprain.

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Thomas sends it to OT, Suns beat Lakers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points - including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of regulation - and Gerald Green tallied 10 of his 21 points in overtime as the Suns topped the Lakers 114-108 in Tuesday's preseason game.

Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 23 points, scoring eight in the final 2:05 of regulation. Jeremy Lin, who missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, scored 11 of his 15 points off the bench during the fourth quarter before fouling out with 11.5 seconds left in regulation.

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Griffin, Paul sit in loss to Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Festus Ezeli got the best birthday present he could imagine: playing in an NBA game.

Ezeli returned to action for the first time in 17 months, scoring 10 points and grabbing three rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 125-107 in Tuesday night's preseason game.

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Kanter has 27, Burke 23 as Jazz beat OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Utah's Enes Kanter did it all against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-11 center scored 27 points, made 12 of 17 shots and pulled down seven rebounds to help the Jazz defeat the Thunder 105-91 in preseason action. Kanter even made two 3-pointers - he's only drained one in his three-season career.

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