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Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal scores 50, but absent for OT period due to hamstring strain

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Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 50 points, but was absent for the end of regulation and overtime because of a hamstring strain as Washington edged Indiana 133-132 Saturday night to move into the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Pacers.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks was uncertain how serious Beal’s injury is, and that it might not be known for a couple of days. But he held him out in overtime as a precaution.

“He tweaked his hamstring,” Brooks said. “Actually, he tweaked his ankle and we didn’t want to push it at the end. He wanted to but our guys told him not to push it. Hopefully, it’s not too serious.”

Beal said during his postgame media availability that the hamstring injury intensified in the second half.

Beal has scored at least 25 points in 71 of his last 82 games and has eight games this season with 40 or more points.

Beal’s teammate Russell Westbrook, who tied Oscar Robertson’s NBA record for triple-doubles with 181, made two free throws with a second left to give Washington the overtime win, and also blocked the Pacers’ final shot.

The Wizards make the fourth stop on a five-game road trip Monday at Atlanta.

ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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CP3, Kawhi, Kemba, oh my: NBA (news) never sleeps

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The NBA news cycle takes no days off and Chris Paul can catch no breaks. Here’s what went down during a wild week in the association.

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Dirk Nowitzki rejoins Dallas Mavericks as special adviser

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With the Dallas Mavericks charting a new direction following the departures of coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson, the franchise is turning to one of its all-time greats to help in the journey.

Dirk Nowitzki has rejoined the Mavericks as a special adviser to the franchise, the team announced Friday. In his role, Nowitzki will assist with the searches for coach and general manager while also consulting on other front-office decisions.

“Mark Cuban approached me about a role as special advisor and I am happy to support my Mavs,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle were both mentors and played huge roles in my career and the success of this franchise, and I am going to miss them. It is important for me now to join Mark and contribute as much as I can as we move forward.”

Nowitzki played 21 seasons with the Mavericks — the most in NBA history for one player with one team — before retiring after the 2018-19 season and is the franchise career leader in games, points, rebounds and blocks, among other categories. He was also the Finals MVP in 2011 for Dallas’ first and only NBA championship.

Carlisle resigned Thursday after 13 years as Mavericks coach. That decision was revealed one day after the departure of Nelson following 24 seasons with the franchise.

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Boston Celtics trading Kemba Walker, 2021 first-rounder to Oklahoma City Thunder, sources say

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The Boston Celtics are trading Kemba Walker and their 2021 first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a package that includes Al Horford, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Along with Walker and the No. 16 overall pick in 2021, the Celtics are also sending a 2025 second-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-rounder, sources said.

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