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Former Knicks forward Mason dies at 48

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NEW YORK (AP) Anthony Mason's game was grit over glitz, more force than flash.

That might not fit some stereotypes of New York, but it was the perfect style for the Knicks of the 1990s, and made the rugged forward a beloved bruiser by teammates and fans.

Mason died Saturday morning, the Knicks said. He was 48.

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Westbrook has surgery on fractured cheek

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair a fracture to his right cheek Saturday and the NBA's hottest player will miss at least a game.

The Thunder said the surgery took place in Los Angeles, where they will play the Lakers on Sunday, and that Westbrook would be re-evaluated next week.

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Heat F Bosh released from hospital

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's first step toward recovery is complete. He's home.

The Miami Heat forward has been discharged from a South Florida hospital where he was treated for blood clots on one of his lungs. Bosh was hospitalized for just over a week and will still be monitored closely, but simply being released is a major step on his road back to health.

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Hawks rest 4, still beat Heat on road

MIAMI (AP) Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough.

Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Hawks held off the Miami Heat 93-91 on Saturday night.

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Gasol, Conley help Grizzlies top Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Kevin Garnett was thrown out of the game, Marc Gasol went to work and Flip Saunders went looking for a rulebook.

Gasol had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Conley hit a big 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a much-needed 101-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

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Spurs hold Suns to 24 at half, win by 27

PHOENIX (AP) San Antonio is finally going home, and with a lopsided victory. Phoenix forward Markieff Morris left the locker room grumbling about Suns fans.

Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs dominated from the opening tip in a 101-74 rout Saturday night.

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Knicks hand Raptors fifth straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. made a call early Saturday to his father, a former teammate of Anthony Mason in Miami and one of the people Hardaway knew would be saddened by Mason's death.

Many of them were connected to the Knicks, so Hardaway was more aware than most what a good effort hours later against Toronto would mean.

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Nets defeat Mavs, end road trip 3-5

DALLAS (AP) Deron Williams felt right at home while helping the Brooklyn Nets close out a string of 22 days on the road on a winning note.

Williams scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Thaddeus Young had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench as the Nets topped the Dallas Mavericks 104-94 on Saturday night.

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Cavs' Irving to miss second game in row

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers will be without at least one All-Star on Sunday in Houston.

Point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder, an injury the team had thought would only sideline him for one game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of Thursday night's home win over Golden State. He did not travel with the team for Friday night's game at Indiana and Cavs coach David Blatt was hopeful Irving could join the team in time to face the Rockets.

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Wizards beat Pistons to end 6-game skid

WASHINGTON (AP) Given the way things have gone for the struggling Washington Wizards lately, it wasn't shocking when they squandered a 21-point second-half lead.

On the verge of dropping their seventh straight, however, their fortunes suddenly changed.

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