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NBA: Dallas 124, Cleveland 107

DALLAS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Dirk Nowitzki netted 27 points Monday and the Dallas Mavericks continued their dominance over Cleveland with a 124-107 victory.

NBA: Houston 106, Cleveland 92

HOUSTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- James Harden's 28 points and Jeremy Lin's triple-double Saturday ignited Houston over Cleveland 106-92 for a third straight win.
Pacers pick up center Andrew Bynum for rest of season

Pacers pick up center Andrew Bynum for rest of season

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Center Andrew Bynum signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers for the remainder of the NBA season, the team said Saturday.

NBA: Phoenix 99, Cleveland 90

CLEVELAND, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Markieff Morris keyed a Phoenix comeback with 27 points and 15 rebounds Sunday, helping the Suns rally for a 99-90 victory over Cleveland.

NBA: Dallas 102, Cleveland 97

CLEVELAND, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Shawn Marion had 14 points in the first half when the Dallas Mavericks built a big lead Monday that held up for a 102-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NBA: Cleveland 117, Denver 109

DENVER, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Kyrie Irving scored 23 points to pace Cleveland Friday and the Cavaliers held on in the second half for a 117-109 decision over Denver.

NBA: Portland 108, Cleveland 96

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard combined to score 60 points and claim 24 rebounds Wednesday in powering Portland past Cleveland 108-96.

NBA: Cleveland 120 Los Angeles Lakers 118

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Luol Deng went 5-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 120-118 Tuesday.

NBA: Cleveland 113, Utah 102

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Kyrie Irving led the way with 25 points Friday, helping carry Cleveland to just its third road win of the season -- 113-102 over Utah.

NBA: Chicago 92, Phoenix 87

CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Chicago's Joakim Noah posted a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds Tuesday and the short-handed Bulls took care of Phoenix 92-87.

NBA: Cleveland 111, Philadelphia 93

CLEVELAND, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- C.J. Miles nailed a team-record 10 3-pointers Tuesday for Cleveland, which dismantled Philadelphia 111-93 to end the 76ers' road winning streak.

NBA: Chicago 91, Atlanta 84

CHICAGO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Mike Dunleavy provided an offensive spark off the bench with 20 points Saturday, helping lift the Chicago Bulls over Atlanta 91-84.

NBA: Chicago 94, Boston 82

CHICAGO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Joakim Noah came within one assist of a triple-double Thursday in leading Chicago to a 94-82 victory over Boston.

NBA: Toronto 85, Chicago 79

CHICAGO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and Kyle Lowry added 13 in the Toronto Raptors' 85-79 road win over the Chicago Bulls on New Year's Eve.

NBA: Dallas 105, Chicago 83

CHICAGO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Monta Ellis led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points Saturday and the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 105-83 road victory over Chicago.
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Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (L) drives against Luol Deng (C) of the Sudan and Ben Wallace (R) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center in Denver November 21, 2006. Deng fouled Anthony on the play. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Luol Deng (born April 16, 1985 in Wau, Sudan) is a Sudanese-British professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls and the Great Britain national basketball team. He plays the small forward position.

Deng is a member of the Dinka ethnic group. When he was young, his father Aldo, a member of the Sudanese parliament, moved the family to Egypt to escape the Second Sudanese Civil War. In Egypt, they met former NBA center Manute Bol, another Dinka, who taught Deng's older brother, Ajou Deng, how to play basketball while also serving as a mentor for Luol himself. When they were granted political asylum, his family emigrated to Brixton, South London. Deng developed an interest in soccer, admiring Tino Asprilla of Newcastle United, but also continued to play basketball, and was invited to join England's 15-and-under teams in both sports. During this time, he began his career at Brixton Basketball Club. At the age of 13, he played for England's squad in the European Junior Men's Qualifying Tournament, averaging 40 points and 14 rebounds. He was named the MVP of the tournament. Next, he led England to the finals of the European Junior National Tournament, where he averaged 34 points and earned another MVP award.

At the age of 14, Luol moved to the United States to play basketball at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where one of his teammates was future NBA player Charlie Villanueva. Deng was also named a Tri-Captain at Blair along with Charlie Villanueva . During his senior year, Deng was considered the second most promising high school senior in America after LeBron James. He was named First Team All-America by Parade Magazine and USA Today, and was selected to play in the McDonald's High School All-America game, but could not play due to a foot injury. After graduation, he decided to attend Duke University. In one season at Duke, he appeared in 37 games and made 32 starts. He averaged 30.1 minutes and scored 15.1 points per game en route to a berth in the 2004 Final Four. He is only the 10th freshman in ACC history to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage.

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