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Preview: Magic at Lakers

The injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers look to gain some positives from the final 14 games of the season, starting with a visit from the equally snake-bitten Orlando Magic on Sunday night. The Lakers have dropped four in a row, allowing an average of 123 points, and seven of their last eight to fall into last place in the Western Conference. The Magic are 13th in the East and own a league-worst road record of 4-33 after losing 89-88 at Utah on Saturday for their eighth straight defeat.

With James sitting out, Celtics dump Heat

With James sitting out, Celtics dump Heat BOSTON -- With twice as many losses as wins, the Boston Celtics are headed for the NBA draft lottery. However, when their long and difficult rebuilding season ends, they can at least look back on winning the season series against the reigning NBA champions. The Celtics, taking advantage of LeBron James' absence, rode guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley to a 101-96 victory over Heat on Wednesday night, capturing the season series between the teams, 2-1.

Spurs 125, Lakers 109

Spurs 125, Lakers 109: Tony Parker scored 25 points and Kawhi Leonard added a season-best 22 points to go with 10 rebounds as San Antonio defeated host Los Angeles to record its second 11-game winning streak of the season.

NBA: Jackson agrees to become Knicks president

Phil Jackson, who coached a record 11 NBA championship teams, has agreed to become the new boss of the New York Knicks, the National Basketball Association team announced on Tuesday. The former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach was introduced as the new president of basketball operations of the struggling NBA team at a news conference. "We want to build a team," Jackson said. "This is the best place to play basketball."

NBA: Knicks counting on Jackson to revive fortunes

Phil Jackson, who coached a record 11 NBA championship teams, has agreed to return to the struggling New York Knicks, the National Basketball Association team announced on Tuesday. The former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach was introduced as the president of basketball operations of the beleaguered NBA team at a news conference. "I am going to jump in with both feet," Jackson said. "We want to build a team. This is the best place to play basketball." Jackson will be trying to recreate the magic he was part of with the Knicks in the 1970s.

NBA: Jackson agrees to become president of Knicks

Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson has agreed to become the new president of the New York Knicks, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team announced on Tuesday. The former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach was introduced as the new boss of the struggling NBA team at a news conference on Tuesday. gph/ea

NBA: Allen helps turn up the Heat in win over Rockets

Ray Allen came off the bench to score 25 points while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each added 24 Sunday as reigning NBA champion Miami beat Houston 113-104. The Heat had lost five of their prior six games but Miami went on a 15-2 run over the last 3:40 to beat the Rockets and collect a crucial victory. "It was massive," Allen said. "Every loss we had was mounting. They were games that were winable. This time we came out and finished. We didn't let the game slip away from us."

Suns 87, Celtics 80

Suns 87, Celtics 80: Goran Dragic scored 20 points and visiting Phoenix finished strong to snap a three-game slide. Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Markieff Morris contributed 15 points and nine boards off the bench for the Suns, who pulled within a game of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. P.J. Tucker finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in his return from a one-game suspension.

NBA: Knicks plan news on Tuesday as Jackson talk swirls

The New York Knicks announced Friday they will make a "major announcement" on Tuesday as reports swirled they will put former Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson in charge of the struggling NBA team. ESPN reported that Jackson, who has coached a record 11 NBA championship teams, was expected to complete an agreement Friday that would put him in charge of all basketball decisions for the Knicks. Jackson, 68, retired as a coach in May of 2011 after having guided the Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s and the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA crowns from 2000-2010.

Preview: Suns at Celtics

The Phoenix Suns open a three-game road trip at the Boston Celtics on Friday in great need of a victory. The Suns have dropped three straight for the second time in less than a month and entered Friday two games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. At the very least, Phoenix is a bit more complete as it begins its trip, having welcomed back guard Eric Bledsoe in a 110-101 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
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