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Lue takes leave from Cavs due to health

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CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.

Lue said Monday in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is and offered no timetable for his return. The coach said he feels he needs to step away "and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation" from which to coach the rest of the season.

"While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season," Lue said. "My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards."


James has 40-12-10, Love returns in win

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James made certain another news-filled day ended with his own headline.

James scored 40 points as part of his third triple-double in four games and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on Monday night as coach Tyronn Lue began his leave of absence to address health issues.


Aldridge keys win, Warriors' Green hurt

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge continued to lead the way for the Spurs, who are trying to find a way to remain in the playoffs.

Aldridge had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio blew a 16-point lead to the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors before pulling away for an 89-75 victory on Monday night.


Heat set mark, top Nuggets 149-141 in OT

MIAMI (AP) They broke the stat system. That's how good Miami and Denver were - even modern technology couldn't keep up with the Heat and Nuggets.

For 48 minutes, they went back and forth.


Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Lakers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo reverted to his form from the first half of the season Monday night - driving and defending.

The Indiana Pacers looked a lot more like themselves, too.


Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers over Hornets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) With Allen Iverson watching from a suite, Joel Embiid produced yet another dominant game in a season where the 76ers' All-Star has barely practiced.

Yes, Embiid is another Philly star who sits out practice.


Pelicans G Jackson won't debut in '17-18

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say rookie guard Frank Jackson won't make his NBA debut this season after having follow-up surgery to remove residual scar tissue from earlier right foot operations.

The Pelicans say Jackson also received an injection in his foot.


Nets top Griz for rare back-to-back wins

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets proved supreme in another showdown with one of the NBA's worst teams.

Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each scored 22 points and the Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-115 on Monday night.


Griffin helps Pistons take down Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) After nearly two months, Blake Griffin finally looks comfortable playing with Detroit, and it's showing up across the board.

He's even got the Pistons winning on the road again, something that hadn't happened since the five-time All-Star arrived in late January after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers.


Knicks prove too much for depleted Bulls

NEW YORK (AP) The Knicks have won two straight games for the first time in almost two months, and they're not apologizing for the caliber of their competition.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as New York beat the depleted Chicago Bulls 110-92 on Monday night.

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