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Nets, Dinwiddie agree on 3 years, $34M

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NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets gave Spencer Dinwiddie a contract extension Thursday, a day after the best game of his career.

The three-year extension will be worth about $34 million for the guard who was playing in the NBA G League before he signed with the Nets on Dec. 8, 2016.

He has gone on to become one of their top players and scored a career-high 39 points, the most by any player off the bench in the NBA this season, in a victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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Nowitzki set to debut in 21st season

PHOENIX (AP) Dirk Nowitzki was active for Dallas' game against Phoenix on Thursday night, prepared to belatedly begin his record-setting 21st season with the Mavericks.

No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.

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Jordan: Monk tap on head 'only love'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets owner Michael Jordan said it was a "tap of endearment."

After watching a bizarre ending to Charlotte's win against Detroit on Wednesday, a bewildered Jordan lightly smacked the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of the game.

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Curry says moon landing comment was joke

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors star Stephen Curry didn't mean it.

Curry told ESPN this week he was joking when he questioned on a podcast whether astronauts landed on the moon, comments that sent social media into a tizzy.

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Knicks sign G Trier to guaranteed deal

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed guard Allonzo Trier to a guaranteed deal after the undrafted rookie's strong start to the season.

The Knicks say Thursday that Trier became the first two-way player to sign a guaranteed NBA contract within the first two months of the season. The team acted quickly to make sure Trier wouldn't have to spend time in the NBA G League after he was one of the top contributors to the Knicks.

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Wade helps student seeking reinstatement

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are backing attorney Benjamin Crump in an effort to help an expelled student and family friend get back into high school.

Wade and Union released a statement Thursday supporting senior Cyrus Nance, who was a basketball player in his first year at American Heritage High until he was expelled last month after a verbal altercation with a coach of another team at the school.

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Raptors rout Warriors without Leonard

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Minus their top player and with their coach still mourning his mother's death two days earlier, the Toronto Raptors put an emphatic stamp on a season sweep of Golden State.

They did it with the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors nearly at full strength, too, a very different scenario from when the teams played in Toronto less than two weeks ago.

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Irving stars in OT, Celts win 6th in row

WASHINGTON (AP) To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving's pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime - the first from in front of his team's bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out - were "amazing."

To the man contesting both of those key shots, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, they were "incredible."

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Oladipo returns as Pacers push run to 5

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) For three weeks, Indiana found ways to fill the void left by Victor Oladipo's absence.

When the All-Star guard returned from a sore right knee Wednesday, the Pacers proved they could plug holes in other ways, too.

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Mavs beat Hawks as home streak hits 11

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic can call himself even with Trae Young for now.

The Dallas Mavericks can finally say their puzzling losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks is over.

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