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UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks currently have a double-digit lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference, moving 10 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors. Atlanta also has one of the league's best records against the West, improving to 17-4 in interconference games by downing Houston 104-96.
Jeff Teague scored 25 points and helped the Hawks rally from an 18-point deficit. Al Horford added 18 points to Atlanta's fifth consecutive win.
Rockets guard and NBA scoring leader James Harden missed the game due to a one-game suspension for kicking Cleveland's LeBron James near the groin on Sunday. Jason Terry had a team-high 21 points for the Rockets, who ended a five-game winning streak.
In other NBA action:
-- Cleveland ripped Boston 110-79 as LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list. Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury.
-- Al Jefferson and Mo Williams had double-doubles in Charlotte's third win in four games, 104-103 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Jefferson had 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Williams added 20 points and 13 assists.
-- Sacramento had three players score at least 20 points in handing the Knicks their worst loss of the season, a 124-86 laugher in New York. Rudy Gay scored 25 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 22 and Ben McLemore finished with 20 in the 38-point rout.
DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets have fired coach Brian Shaw after 1 1/2 seasons and replaced him with assistant coach Melvin Hunt on an interim basis. Shaw went 56-85 after replacing George Karl, who was ousted after Denver won a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13.
Karl got the Nuggets into the playoffs in each of his 8 1/2 seasons with the team. Denver currently is 20-39 and carries a six-game losing streak into its game tonight against Milwaukee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- One of the real stars of the Sacramento Kings has rejoined the cub. Former fan favorite Vlade Divac (VLAH'-day DEE'-vahts) has been named vice president of basketball and franchise operations, a job that will include advising the front office and coaching staff.
Divac retired from basketball in 2007 and served as president of the Serbian Olympic Committee two years later.
TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) -- The 10th-ranked Maryland Terrapins continue to enjoy a successful debut season in the Big Ten Conference.
Dez Wells delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Terrapins earned their sixth consecutive win, 60-50 at Rutgers. Wells scored six straight points after Rutgers tied the game late in the second half.
Jake Layman added 14 points as the Terps improved to 25-5 overall, 13-4 in the conference.
Also in top-25 finals:
-- Joel Berry had a career-high 15 points and Justin Jackson added 13 as No. 19 North Carolina hammered Georgia Tech 81-49. The Tar Heels have their first winning streak since January heading into Saturday's rematch with third-ranked Duke.
-- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 16 points to help Georgetown beat No. 21 Butler 60-54 at Indianapolis. The Hoyas went on a 19-4 run bridging the two halves to take a 34-24 lead.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan has said he wants his offense to rely heavily on a running attack. That attack now includes a former rushing champion.
A person familiar with the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. ESPN first reported that the Bills were acquiring McCoy, who had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013.
Buffalo is expected to lose running back C.J. Spiller to free agency next week.
Alonso played college football in Oregon under Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles also released cornerback Cary Williams, who started all 32 games after signing with Philadelphia in 2013. The move will save the Eagles about $6.5 million against the salary cap.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Nashville Predators could see their lead in the NHL's Western Conference disappear after they stretched their season-high losing streak.
Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and New Jersey dealt the Predators their fourth straight loss by downing Nashville 3-1. Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas (ZHEH'-lih-nuh) scored first-period goals for the Devils, who are seven points out of an Eastern conference playoff berth.
Mike Fisher had the lone goal for the Predators, who will fall into a tie with Anaheim for the West lead if the Ducks beat Arizona.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
-- Tampa Bay rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHF'-skee) claimed his first NHL shutout by handling 28 shots in a 3-0 win over Buffalo. Steven Stamkos opened the scoring in the first period before Ryan Callahan and Victor Hedman added power-play goals 1:36 apart to help the Lightning climb within three points of the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.
-- Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) leads the NHL with 43 goals after netting two more in Washington's 5-3 triumph at Columbus. Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera (chih-MEHR'-uh) each had two assists as the Capitals won their second straight since a three-game skid.
-- Calgary beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Jiri Hudler's (YEER'-ee HOOD'-lurz) goal 83 seconds into overtime. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund scored the game's first two goals, but the Flames blew a 2-0 lead before winning for just the second time in six games.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has fined two members of the Colorado Avalanche for their actions in the final seconds of a 3-1 loss to the Wild on Saturday. Captain Gabriel Landeskog (LAND'-ehs-kahg) and forward Cody McLeod were fined $5,000 and $3,091.40 respectively.
MLB-BASEBALL ON THE CLOCK
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down, counting off seconds and ushering in change.
Baseball, the timeless game of endless summers, went on the clock Tuesday.
Major League Baseball introduced its new pace of play initiatives during five exhibition games in Arizona and Florida. As expected, there were a few minor glitches as players, managers, umpires and fans adjusted to the "rules" designed to make games shorter, more appealing to TV viewers and perhaps lure the next generation of fans to a sport fighting for attention.
Under the pace of play provisions, hitters are required to keep one foot in the batter's box after taking a pitch.
MLB is using the spring training schedule and regular-season games in April to break everyone in. But starting May 1, offenders will face discipline -- most likely fines.
Last year the average time of a major league game was three hours, two minutes.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' scramble to get as much of a massive renovation of Wrigley Field done before next month's opening day hit a bump when Mayor Rahm Emanuel (rahm ih-MAN'-yoo-uhl) dashed the team's hopes of winning city approval to keep construction crews working around the clock.
Emanuel says city building ordinances don't allow construction crews working around the clock. The announcement is a blow to a Chicago Cubs team that says it needs to quicken construction to get the iconic ballpark ready for next month's opening day.
The Cubs say the brutal winter has put construction work behind schedule and they need additional hours to do things like erect a massive video board in left field.
The National League club now says it will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field, but not all day and night.
Stocks slip a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 milestone
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks have given up much of yesterday's gains, as the Nasdaq composite retreats back below 5,000.
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"JUDGE JUDY" EXTENDS CONTRACT DEAL
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IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE PROBLE DELAYED
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Mississippi attorney general's attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months.
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