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Sixers sticking with Brown, reportedly pursuing D'Antoni

DRIVING TO PERFECTION: Stephen Curry drives on the Bucks as he leads the Warriors’ charge toward the league record of 33 straight wins. For the result, visit

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DRIVING TO PERFECTION: Stephen Curry drives on the Bucks as he leads the Warriors’ charge toward the league record of 33 straight wins. For the result, visit

It turns out that Jerry Colangelo doesn't have to be in Philadelphia to have an influence on the 76ers.

The team's recently hired chairman of basketball operations is in talks with Mike D'Antoni to become an associate head coach with the Sixers, multiple sources have reported. Colangelo and coach Brett Brown have spoken to D'Antoni about a role on the Sixers bench that could be filled in late December, according to

The Sixers introduced Colangelo, 76, as chairman Monday. The former four-time league executive of the year for the Suns flew back to Arizona on Tuesday.

Brown received a two-year contract extension Friday, with his original four-year deal set to expire after next season. His contract now runs through the end of the 2018-19 season,

"I see great things that can happen," Brown said. "I do believe, when you ask me if we'll be here in three years, if the program will be winning, yes I do."

D'Antoni and Colangelo have a relationship that dates back to the Suns and USA basketball. The 64-year-old D'Antoni spent five seasons as Phoenix's head coach, from 2003 to 2008; Colangelo owned the Suns from 1987 to 2004.

In addition to his time in Phoenix, D'Antoni coached 36 games with the Nuggets in 1999, four seasons for the Knicks (2008-12) and two with the Lakers (2012-14).

Brown, 54, said he always wanted to stay in Philadelphia, even as the franchise was gutted in favor of D-League castoffs and 10-day contract players for a shot at building a winner through lottery draft picks.

"Why wouldn't I want to see this through," Brown said. "We have started something extremely difficult but is going to end up extremely special."

Brown has two losing streaks of at least 26 games. The 76ers went 19-63 in 2013-14 and 18-64 last season and are 1-23 after a 107-95 loss to the Pistons on Friday. The Sixers set the overall record for consecutive losses with 28, the final 10 of last season and the first 18 this season.

Late Friday: Warriors survive 2OT scare

BOSTON — Stephen Curry scored 38 despite his worst shooting performance of the season, adding 11 rebounds and eight assists late Friday as the Warriors improved to 24-0 by outlasting the Celtics 124-119 in double overtime.

"Exhausting, but it was fun," Curry said. "Obviously, it was nice to get the win. But we had to claw our way to it."

Curry made only 9 of 27 shots from the field, a .333 shooting percentage that was his worst since Game 2 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland. But he was 6-for-13 from 3-point range and 14-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Counting their wins in their final four games last season, the Warriors have 28 straight regular-season victories. That broke a tie with the 2012-13 Heat for the second-longest winning streak in league history and now trails only the 33 straight by the Lakers in 1971-72.

After missing Friday's game, Warriors guard Klay Thompson returned for Saturday's game against the Bucks. Thompson was day to day after spraining his right ankle Tuesday.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick each scored 21, and the Clippers ended a seven-game road losing streak against the Nets with a 105-100 victory. The Clippers hadn't beaten the Nets on the road since Dec. 11, 2007, when they played in East Rutherford, N.J.. The Clippers never beat them during the Nets' brief stay in Newark and had been 0-3 in Brooklyn. … Avery Bradley scored 23, Isaiah Thomas added 21 points and 13 assists and the visiting Celtics snapped the Hornets' four-game winning streak with a 98-93 victory. Jae Crowder added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who have won seven of their past 10 games.

BEAL OUT TWO WEEKS: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be sidelined at least the next two weeks with a right leg injury. The Wizards announced that the former Gator "has been diagnosed with the beginnings of a stress reaction in his lower right fibula." The team said Beal will be evaluated after sitting out two weeks. The injury was diagnosed on Friday, when Beal missed Washington's loss at New Orleans. Beal missed eight games with the injury last season, and Wizards coach Randy Wittman said this injury is in the same part of the bone.

EX- PLAYERS GET HEART TESTS: About 30 former players received free cardiovascular screenings in Houston, the first implementation of a program for retired players started by the NBA Players Association. The screenings included heart testing, in the wake of the recent heart-related deaths of Moses Malone at 60 and Darryl Dawkins at 58.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Kings guard Rajon Rondo was suspended one game without pay by the league for directing a derogatory and offensive term toward a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection. The incident, for which Rondo was assessed two technical fouls and ejected, occurred on Dec. 3 against the Celtics in Mexico City. … Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett passed Karl Malone as the league's all-time leader in defensive rebounds Friday. Garnett, 39, has 11,409 for his career, three ahead of Malone. Garnett's career total, including defensive and offensive rebounds, is 14,612, ninth all-time.

Clippers 105, Nets 100

L.A. CLIPPERS (105): Mbah a Moute 0-0 0-0 0, Griffin 10-19 1-2 21, Jordan 5-6 2-6 12, Paul 6-15 3-3 15, Redick 6-11 5-7 21, W.Johnson 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 3-9 0-0 6, Rivers 3-5 0-0 6, Crawford 4-8 0-0 9, Pierce 4-6 0-0 10, Stephenson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 43-86 11-18 105.

BROOKLYN (100): J.Johnson 6-14 1-2 15, Young 9-16 0-0 18, Lopez 5-11 4-4 14, Jack 4-10 7-9 16, Bogdanovic 4-10 5-6 15, Larkin 1-1 0-0 2, Reed 1-1 0-0 2, Bargnani 3-7 5-5 11, Ellington 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 2-7 3-4 7, Sloan 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 25-30 100.

L.A. Clippers 28 29 20 28— 105

Brooklyn 20 24 19 37— 100

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 8-24 (Redick 4-6, Pierce 2-3, W.Johnson 1-3, Crawford 1-4, Rivers 0-1, Smith 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Stephenson 0-1, Paul 0-4), Brooklyn 5-19 (J.Johnson 2-6, Bogdanovic 2-6, Jack 1-4, Ellington 0-1, Brown 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 47 (Jordan 12), Brooklyn 52 (Lopez 12). AssistsL.A. Clippers 28 (Paul 14), Brooklyn 17 (Jack 11). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 21, Brooklyn 22. TechnicalsJordan, L.A. Clippers defensive three second, Brooklyn defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Young. A15,689 (17,732).

Celtics 98, Hornets 93

BOSTON (98): Crowder 5-15 3-3 16, Johnson 3-6 0-0 6, Sullinger 2-5 0-0 4, Thomas 8-16 3-3 21, Bradley 9-17 1-1 23, Turner 5-10 0-1 10, Jerebko 0-1 0-0 0, Olynyk 4-13 0-0 8, Lee 4-12 2-2 10, Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-96 9-10 98.

CHARLOTTE (93): Hairston 2-7 0-0 6, Williams 1-8 0-0 2, C.Zeller 6-9 0-0 12, Walker 5-15 4-4 16, Batum 9-21 1-1 21, Kaminsky 1-1 0-0 3, Lin 5-10 4-4 14, Hawes 4-6 0-0 10, Lamb 3-11 1-1 9. Totals 36-88 10-10 93.

Boston 16 22 35 25— 98

Charlotte 17 25 27 24— 93

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-25 (Bradley 4-6, Crowder 3-10, Thomas 2-5, Turner 0-1, Young 0-1, Olynyk 0-1, Johnson 0-1), Charlotte 11-35 (Hawes 2-3, Walker 2-4, Lamb 2-5, Hairston 2-5, Batum 2-10, Kaminsky 1-1, Lin 0-1, Williams 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 52 (Crowder, Sullinger 7), Charlotte 57 (Hawes, Batum 8). AssistsBoston 26 (Thomas 13), Charlotte 17 (Walker 4). Total FoulsBoston 13, Charlotte 12. TechnicalsThomas, Walker, Charlotte defensive three second. A18,490 (19,077).

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