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NBA, union in talks to end '1-and-done'

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MIAMI (AP) The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the "one-and-done" rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.

The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and the union discussed the contents at a meeting in the Bahamas earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side released the proposal publicly.

USA Today Sports first reported the proposal being sent.


GM: Rules compel Pelicans to play Davis

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry.

As they spoke, privacy shades on windows that otherwise offer a view of practice courts were pulled down.


Curry has 36, 10 3s, Warriors edge Kings

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Fresh off his MVP performance in the All-Star game, Kevin Durant made certain the Golden State Warriors got off on the right foot for their stretch run to the playoffs.

He also gave Sacramento's prized rookie Marvin Bagley III quite a lesson on defense.


Middleton's late 3 helps Bucks top Celts

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks shook off any All-Star break hangover in a hurry.

Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night.


Down 19 in 3rd, Lakers rally by Rockets

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James knows that he needs to turn up his intensity if the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make the playoffs. He certainly did that on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets when his team needed it the most.

James scored 16 of his 29 points in the second half as the Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat the Rockets 111-106.


Suns lose franchise-record 16th in row

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love's presence makes an obvious difference for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Playing his third game since returning from foot surgery, Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cleveland sent the Phoenix Suns to a franchise-record 16th straight loss, 111-98 on Thursday night.


Harris' big 4th helps 76ers get by Heat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Boban Marjanovic covered up All-Star center Joel Embiid's absence - at least for a night.

Marjanovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds and made three key free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes to help Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 106-102 on Thursday night.


Centers Nurkic, Kanter power Blazers

NEW YORK (AP) When Jusuf Nurkic went to the bench, the Portland Trail Blazers inserted a player who barely knew their offense.

Imagine how good Portland's center combination can be once Enes Kanter gets up to speed.


DeRozan excited for return to Toronto

TORONTO (AP) From fellow athletes to star entertainers, DeMar DeRozan has seen plenty of celebrities soaking up an extended round of appreciative applause from fans.

"When they get that long standing ovation, I always thought that was the coolest thing in the world," DeRozan said Thursday. "I've never received one."


Jeff Van Gundy: Get rid of All-Star Game

MIAMI (AP) Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.

His plan: Eliminate it.