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Rui Hachimura’s popularity continuing to rise at Gonzaga

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rui Hachimura leaned against a wall inside Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, towering above the boom microphones and cameras being held by the reporters below. The Gonzaga big man patiently answered questions in Japanese for more than 15 minutes from the nearly two dozen reporters, including one who raised his hand and bowed after Hachimura gave him a thoughtful answer. Hachimura is used to the attention by now. Whether it’s back in his homeland of Japan or after a loss in the West Coast Conference tournament…

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Sexton’s 25 leads Cavs over bruised Bucks missing Giannis

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Collin Sexton scored 25 points, Jordan Clarkson added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 107-102 win over the bruised Bucks, who were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sexton made a three-pointer with 1:42 left and dropped a driving layup one minute later as the Cavs held on. Down 105-102, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it but had an ugly turnover without getting a shot off. Khris Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe 24 for…

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Mitchell scores 30, Jazz pound Knicks 137-116

NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert made all seven shots and added 18 points, and the Utah Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the New York Knicks 137-116 on Wednesday night. Joe Ingles made six three-pointers and also scored 18, while Mitchell made five three-pointers as the Jazz finished 20-of-42 (48 percent) from behind the arc. The Jazz led by as much as 37 in a game that was even easier than their recent easy victories. They started their winning streak…

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Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. Tobias Harris added 21 points for the 76ers, who avoided a season sweep by the Celtics. Philadelphia (47-25) holds the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games ahead of idle Indiana and four in…

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