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Lillard's 43 get Blazers by Spurs in 3OT

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble.

So when the defending champions failed to close out the Blazers in the first two overtimes, Portland point guard Damian Lillard had a simple message for his teammates.

"Step on them," Lillard said.

Padres acquire Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Just one year removed from an NL East championship and a perennial playoff team, the Braves are now aiming to rebuild and take a top club into suburban SunTrust Park in 2017. (MORE)

Durant out, Westbrook gets OKC by Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Although Russell Westbrook grew up watching Kobe Bryant sink innumerable enormous shots for the Lakers, the Los Angeles native didn't worry when No. 24 had the ball with the game on the line against his Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I've got confidence in the people that we have on our team to lock in at the end," Westbrook said. (MORE)

Bulls snap Grizzlies' 6-game win streak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Chicago rookie Nikola Mirotic left the locker room before the media could hear about his perfect shooting night from outside the arc.

The rest of the Bulls were willing to speak up in praising the reserve forward. (MORE)

Giants re-sign Peavy, trade for McGehee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.

Now, the Giants are keeping a key member of their World Series championship team, bringing back Peavy with hopes of another October run. (MORE)

 Cowboys' Murray still game-time decision

 Rivera 'very confident' Newton to start

 Dodgers release RHP Wilson, owe him $10M

 Seahawks ink DE Avril for 4 yrs., $28.5M

 Eastern Kentucky rips No. 18 Miami 72-44


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