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BOSTON (AP) Austin Rivers won his first NBA game against his father as the New Orleans Hornets beat coach Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics 90-78 on Wednesday night.

Greivis Vasquez scored 15 points with 11 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which won for the sixth time in seven games and stopped Boston's six-game winning streak. Austin Rivers scored eight points against his dad's team; they became the fourth father-son matchup in NBA history.

Paul Pierce scored 12 points with 10 rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes. He shot 5 for 16 from the floor and made one of seven 3-point attempts as Boston went 4 for 18 from beyond the arc. Kevin Garnett scored 15 and Rajon Rondo had 11 assists.

Anthony Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who were just 2 of 17 from 3-point range. But they have won eight of 12 since an 11-game losing streak that stretched through much of December.

HEAT 92, WARRIORS 75

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and also surpassed 5,000 assists on a milestone night, leading Miami over undermanned Golden State.

On a road trip that has had more bad news than good, James rewrote the headlines and the record books. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

James eclipsed both marks before halftime, helped Miami go ahead by 34 points in the third quarter and allowed coach Erik Spoelstra to rest his starters - without debate - for the fourth. Dwyane Wade added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, who had lost three of their last four away from home.

David Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jarrett Jack scored 16 in place of Stephen Curry, who sprained his twice surgically repaired right ankle during Golden State's morning practice. The team said X-rays were negative, and Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he doesn't expect Curry to be out long.

SPURS 103, GRIZZLIES 82

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan scored 19 to help San Antonio beat Memphis, extending its home winning streak to 13 games.

The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming only the third team to score more than 100 points against the Grizzlies. Boris Diaw added 14, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Tiago Splitter 10 for San Antonio (30-11).

Rudy Gay scored 17 points as all five starters reached double figures for Memphis (24-13), which lost its third straight. Marc Gasol had 12 points, Tony Allen and Zach Randolph each had 11 and Mike Conley 10.

THUNDER 117, NUGGETS 97

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Martin had 20 and Oklahoma City snapped Denver's six-game winning streak.

Kevin Durant added 20 points and tied his career high with five steals as NBA-best Oklahoma City led wire-to-wire for just the second time this season.

The Thunder opened a 16-point lead in the first quarter and remained in control throughout, pulling their starters for the fourth quarter with a 25-point edge. Denver mounted an 11-0 run against Oklahoma City's last five but that still only cut the deficit to 101-84.

Kosta Koufos had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who fell to 3-6 this season in the second game of a back-to-back set.

HAWKS 109, NETS 95

ATLANTA (AP) - Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks ended Brooklyn's seven-game winning streak.

The Hawks played without leading scorer Josh Smith, suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for ``conduct detrimental to the team'' following an incident in practice Tuesday.

Pachulia had 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Al Horford had 17 points and 13 rebounds. The Hawks, who had lost six of seven, almost doubled their point total from Monday night's 97-58 loss at Chicago.

Brook Lopez had 22 points for the Nets, who lost for only the second time in 11 games under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Joe Johnson had 15 points while shooting 4 of 15 from the field in his return to Atlanta, where he played the past seven seasons. Johnson was a six-time All-Star with the Hawks but drew some boos from Atlanta fans.

MAVERICKS 105, ROCKETS 100

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo hit two tiebreaking free throws and Dallas held off a Jeremy Lin-led surge to beat Houston.

Lin and James Harden combined to score the last 18 points for the Rockets, who erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got even at 97. After Elton Brand blocked a layup attempt by Harden, Mayo hit both free throws after getting fouled at the other end.

Lin had a chance to tie the score on free throws, but missed the second of two. The Rockets got one more chance to go in front, but Harden couldn't get a good look at a layup. Nowitzki won a scramble for the ball and hit two free throws for a 101-98 lead.

Dallas won its season-best fourth straight game while the Rockets lost their fifth in a row, also a season high.

Harden led the Rockets with 20 points but shot 5 of 23 from the field. Lin had 19 with some critical misses among his 6-of-10 performance on free throws.

Mayo and Shawn Marion scored 18 apiece for Dallas. Nowitzki had 10 points in the fourth quarter.

BULLS 107, RAPTORS 105, OT

TORONTO (AP) - Luol Deng hit a tiebreaking jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime and Chicago beat Toronto for the eighth time in nine meetings.

Carlos Boozer had a season-high 36 points and 12 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.

Deng scored 19 points and Richard Hamilton had 15 as Chicago won its fourth straight road game. The Bulls have won nine of their past 11 away from home.

Boozer's double-double was his Eastern Conference-leading 21st, and his 11th in 13 games against the Raptors.

Alan Anderson fouled out with 27 points, matching his career high, and Kyle Lowry had 26 as Toronto lost its third straight.

MAGIC 97, PACERS 86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Orlando snap a six-game home losing streak with a victory over Indiana.

Orlando has won two of its last three, having also slipped past the streaking Los Angeles Clippers last week. It was the Magic's first home victory since Dec. 19.

The Magic led by as many as 22 points, breaking the game open with a big second-quarter run that included a barrage of 3-pointers. The Magic connected on 12 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc for the game.

Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana. George Hill added 15 points.

CAVALIERS 93, TRAIL BLAZERS 88

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Cleveland beat Portland to snap a four-game losing streak.

Nicolas Batum had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit and briefly took the lead. Wesley Matthews added 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15.

Irving won his first matchup with Portland rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who finished with 13 points. Lillard entered the fourth quarter with only three points on 0-for-3 shooting, but tied the score at 75 with a 3-pointer and then gave the Blazers an 86-85 lead by hitting a 20-footer with 2:07 left.

Irving took over from there, though. He made a pull-up jumper, a turnaround bank shot and a couple of free throws as Portland wilted.

KINGS 95, WIZARDS 94

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 16 rebounds while Tyreke Evans and John Salmons each scored 21 to help Sacramento beat Washington.

With the score tied, Evans was fouled on a drive to the basket with 11.4 seconds left. He made one of two free throws to give the Kings a 95-94 lead.

Bradley Beal missed a runner in the closing seconds and John Wall followed with a desperation shot from inside the lane that never hit the rim.

Beal scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Wizards, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. The Wizards have the worst record (7-29) in the NBA and are a league-worst 1-16 on the road.

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John Wall says he knew Kevin Durant wasn't signing with Wizards, wishes they kept Trevor Ariza

John Wall says he knew Kevin Durant wasn't signing with Wizards, wishes they kept Trevor Ariza

One unexpected part of the NBA's months-long hiatus has been the unearthing of stories from Wizards and Bullets past. We have learned some amazing things like the fact Gilbert Arenas was behind John Wall doing 'The Dougie' before his NBA debut, how Arenas mistakenly talked trash to Kobe Bryant while on the tarmac after his 60-point game and how Jerry Stackhouse hated playing with Michael Jordan.

This week brought another revelation from Wizards lore. Wall appeared on the Team 980 and told host Kevin Sheehan he had a good feeling how the summer of 2016 would go for the Wizards.

If you remember, the Wizards lined up everything to go after Kevin Durant in free agency, including by letting defensive specialist Trevor Ariza leave. Turns out, Wall still wonders 'what if' and says he knew Durant wasn't coming to Washington.

"One thousand percent. We still think about that to this day. I feel like that was the biggest piece we lost," Wall said whether he felt they should have kept Ariza.

"We felt like we weren't getting Kevin, just from knowing everything and thinking ahead. Like, okay we know Kevin's not coming here so just keep the core we have. We have a great core with Trevor Ariza and all the guys we had. Don't get me wrong, Paul was great for us. Paul Pierce was great for us, but we just felt like that experience we had with Trevor and the way he was shooting the ball and things and the way he defended, he was the perfect person we needed for LeBron [James]. Even though nobody's going to stop LeBron, he just made it tough on LeBron."

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The Wizards not only missed out on Durant that summer, they famously never even got a meeting with him. The plan didn't work out, but that doesn't mean it was a bad plan.

To this day, you could argue the Wizards did some things right along the way. They found two young stars in Wall and Bradley Beal, cleared cap room and then went after a star player who would have complemented their core perfectly. The reason they ultimately had no chance to sign him was not their fault, he admittedly just didn't want to play at home.

Could they have sensed that? Maybe, maybe not. Durant didn't express that publicly until after he signed with the Warriors. That said, it sounds like Wall had an inkling Durant wasn't coming to D.C.

Where the Wizards truly erred that summer was not in chasing Durant, it was not having a viable back-up plan. Their Plan B was to sign Al Horford, but he went to Boston. That led them to Plan C, which was to hand out a slew of multi-year contracts that strapped their salary cap for years to come. The decision to sign Ian Mahinmi to a $64 million deal is still affecting them now.

In hindsight, it's hard to disagree with what Wall said. The Wizards thought they couldn't afford Ariza, but then the salary cap spiked and his contract became a bargain as he helped the Rockets become one of the best teams in the league.

Who knows how things would have turned out for the Wizards if they kept Ariza. Easy to say now, but clearly it remains on Wall's mind.

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Watch Alex Ovechkin’s son Sergei work on his slap shot

Watch Alex Ovechkin’s son Sergei work on his slap shot

The future looks bright for the Capitals with Alex Ovechkin’s son Sergei as an up-and-coming star.

Ovechkin’s wife Nastya captured an adorable moment on her Instagram story Thursday afternoon when Sergei practiced his shot and found the back of his miniature net on six consecutive attempts – just like his father would.


Nastya praised her 1-year-old, saying “Bravo!” after every goal scored, before he celebrated in classic Ovechkin fashion.

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While Ovi's eldest son has been occupied with his new role as a big brother as of late, he makes sure to leave plenty time to work on his slap shot and practice his celly, too, of course.

It looks like the young star is already on track to catch his father at 700 and make his debut in the 2038 NHL season.

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