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Blazers extend run to 9 behind Matthews

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Wesley Matthews said he had a funny feeling on the way to the arena that his shooting slump might be coming to end.

Call it a shooter's instinct.

Matthews scored a season-high 28 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 105-97 on Wednesday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The fifth-year NBA veteran was 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range as Portland (12-3) improved to 7-0 against Eastern Conference teams.


76ers match franchise-worst 0-15 start

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Brooklyn Nets needed a big fourth quarter from Alan Anderson to send the lowly Philadelphia 76ers to another loss.

Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final period, and Brooklyn beat Philadelphia 99-91 on Wednesday night to extend the 76ers' season-opening skid to 15 games - matching a franchise record.


Grizzlies down Lakers, improve to 13-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Conley thinks the Memphis Grizzlies are atop the NBA standings because they've been consistent and determined each night, no matter whether they're playing title contenders or the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Grizzlies needed every bit of that focus to hold off those 15th-place Lakers, who fell a few minutes shy of an unlikely win.


Assistant Messina guides Spurs to win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) With Gregg Popovich resting after a medical procedure, Manu Ginobili had a throwback game while playing under former coach Ettore Messina for the first time in 13 years.

Ginobili had 21 of his 28 points in the second half and the San Antonio Spurs won without coach Popovich, rallying for a 106-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.


Raptors roll to sixth straight win

ATLANTA (AP) DeMar DeRozan loves when the Toronto Raptors have a balanced scoring attack.

"That's what it's going to take to win," he said. "Honestly, that's what it's all about."


Chandler's 17 and 25 lift Mavs by Knicks

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki joked that a tranquilizer gun for Tyson Chandler was a consideration before the Mavericks faced their motivational leader's former team.

The Dallas big man channeled his energy the right way.


Curry's 28 pace Warriors to easy victory

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have had much to be thankful for this NBA season.

They added to that list at the expense of the Orlando Magic.


Cavs get payback, rip Wizards 113-87

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James didn't stop after making a turnover, hustling down the floor to make up for his miscue.

Last week in Washington, he stayed behind and watched. Not this time.


Canaan's career-high 24 spark Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden and the Houston Rockets got a lift from two unlikely sources on Wednesday night.

Harden scored 26 points on 10-for-31 shooting in Houston's 102-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings, and Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan each stepped up for the Rockets.


Clippers extend Pistons' skid to 6

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Chris Paul picked up his game in the third quarter, and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers joined him in the fourth.

Paul scored 14 of his 23 points in the third, and the Clippers beat the slumping Detroit Pistons 104-98 on Wednesday night.

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