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Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Ginobili carries Spurs in fourth

SAN ANTONIO (AP) With Tim Duncan and Tony Parker out, the San Antonio Spurs needed scoring. They did better against Toronto than just keep up.

Manu Ginobili scored 36 points without Parker and Duncan in the lineup, and the Spurs beat the Raptors 131-124 on Monday night in a shootout despite San Antonio's two leading scorers sitting out with sore ankles.

Ginobili hit four 3-pointers in the fourth, but afterward, the Spurs were less impressed with their offense than disappointed in the dent to their defensive reputation.

Chris Bosh had 32 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, but his third 30-point game of the season wasn't enough after another soft defensive game for the Raptors.

Suns 119, 76ers 115

In Philadelphia, Jason Richardson scored 29 points, while Steve Nash added 21 points and tied his season-high with 20 assists as Phoenix beat the Sixers.

Jazz 95, Knicks 93

In New York, Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko each scored 23 points as Utah won at Madison Square Garden for the first time in more than five years by beating the Knicks.

Rookie guard Toney Douglas scored a season-high 21 points for New York.

Hornets 112, Clippers 84

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 24 points and 10 assists and Devin Brown scored 25 points as New Orleans bounced back from a blowout loss with a win over the Clippers.

Warriors 146, T-Wolves 105

In Oakland, Kelenna Azubuike scored a season-high 31 points and Anthony Randolph added 23 to help Golden State beat struggling Minnesota.

Stephen Jackson had 10 points and a career-high 15 assists, while Monta Ellis had 18 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors to their most lopsided win in more than a year.

Legend has leukemia

NEW YORK (AP) Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukemia, and he said his prognosis is encouraging.

The NBA's all-time leading scorer was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia, he told The Associated Press on Monday.

The 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said his doctor didn't give any guarantees, but informed him: "You have a very good chance to live your life out and not have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle."

Abdul-Jabbar is taking an oral medication for the disease. He is a paid spokesman for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes a drug that treats the illness.

Citing the way Los Angeles Lakers teammate Magic Johnson brought awareness to HIV, Abdul-Jabbar said he wants to do the same for his form of blood cancer, which can be fatal if left untreated.

"I've never been a person to share my private life. But I can help save lives," he said at a midtown Manhattan conference room. "It's incumbent on someone like me to talk about this."

Abdul-Jabbar is a special assistant with the Lakers and said he hasn't had to cut back his level of activity of coaching, change his regimen or adjust his diet.

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