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Cousins: I was ejected for fundamentals

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins says he was protecting a rebound the way all big men are taught when he was ejected for a flagrant foul during a game against Oklahoma City.

Cousins was called for a flagrant-two foul when he raised his right elbow near Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's head during the third quarter of the Pelicans' 114-107 victory Monday night.

Cousins, who did not speak about the play until after Tuesday's practice, said Westbrook "did a good job of selling" the foul in the way he fell to the floor, holding his head.


Irving has 47, Celts' run 16 with OT win

DALLAS (AP) Double-digit deficits are becoming just a minor annoyance to the Boston Celtics as they continue their winning ways.

Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 points in overtime as the Celtics rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games.


Allen says he was 'catfishing' victim

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of "catfishing," and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.

Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, on Tuesday, one day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being stalked by the 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.


Bucks reserve F Teletovic out 4 weeks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Injuries are thinning the Milwaukee Bucks' frontcourt as they begin a Western Conference road trip.

The team says forward Mirza Teletovic is expected to miss four weeks following arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee. He has missed the last six games.


Cavs rout Pistons for fifth straight win

DETROIT (AP) An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.

"We haven't had a win like that in a very long time," James said. "That's what happens when we don't let up."


Oladipo's 29 help Pacers push run to 4

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) It might have been Victor Oladipo's best all-around game at the arena where he played his first three NBA seasons.

Oladipo had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven steals to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fourth straight win, 105-97 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.


Blazers extend Grizzlies' slide to 5

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Portland is clamping down on defense and the effort is leading to recent success for the Trail Blazers.

The team has held seven of the last eight opponents under 100 points, including Memphis on Monday night as the Trail Blazers pulled away from the Grizzlies for a 100-92 win.


Knicks end 10-game skid to sagging Clips

NEW YORK (AP) Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can't even beat the Knicks anymore.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles' losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night.


76ers cruise past cold-shooting Jazz

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid was missing shots and upset with his play.

That all changed with a theatrical, crowd-pleasing and game-changing flop.


Howard has 25 and 20, Hornets top Wolves

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwight Howard is doing anything he can to eliminate the pressure he feels shooting free throws - even if that means thinking about the Unabomber.

Howard said he let his mind wander Monday night to a recent show he's been watching on Netflix about the hunt for the Unabomber. The big man went 9 of 14 at the foul line and finished with 25 points and 20 rebounds in the Charlotte Hornets' 118-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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