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Heat end Celtics' 16-game win streak

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MIAMI (AP) Dion Waiters watched his 3-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit the rim again and somehow drop through the net.

It was a huge shot in the final moments, and a lucky one.

That's what it took to end Boston's 16-game winning streak.


Green's intensity pushes Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything.

"Life," Green explained, "who drives home faster from the practice facility, who gets to the game earlier. You want us to tell you our whole life?"


Westbrook's 34 help OKC roll by Warriors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook said in the buildup before playing ex-teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors that it was just another game.

His play said otherwise.


James has 23 in 4th as Cavs' streak to 6

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James got stitches and then sliced Brooklyn open by himself.

James scored 23 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter - including 18 straight for Cleveland - and the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Nets on Wednesday night.


Nuggets' Millsap may miss 3 months

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets say they're exploring options to repair All-Star Paul Millsap's torn ligament in his left wrist amid concerns he'll need surgery that will sideline him until late February.

Coach Mike Malone said at the team's shoot-around Wednesday that the Nuggets were unsure how bad Millsap's injury was and that the 32-year-old forward is "going to talk to some other doctors, get some other opinions before we make a decision on what the best course of action is."


Knicks use 28-0 run to rally by Raptors

NEW YORK (AP) An eight-minute stretch of the third quarter was all the Knicks needed to turn a double-digit deficit into an insurmountable lead.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third that sent New York to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.


Middleton has 40, Bucks edge Suns in OT

PHOENIX (AP) Eric Bledsoe expected the boos from Phoenix fans and he heard them. Amid the fans' wrath for the way his time with the Suns ended, the veteran guard went out and had his best game as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Khris Middleton scored 40 points and Bledsoe added 30 in his return to the desert 15 days after being traded, leading the short-handed Bucks to a 113-107 overtime victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.


Rockets rout Nuggets for ninth win in 10

HOUSTON (AP) With Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson out, Trevor Ariza decided it was his turn to let it fly from 3-point range.

Ariza scored a season-high 25 points, making 7 of 10 from beyond the arc, in the Houston Rockets' 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.


Davis, Cousins power Pelicans past Spurs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) DeMarcus Cousins remains very bullish on the Pelicans' potential.

New Orleans' response to being down double digits early to normally steady San Antonio offered evidence to back up Cousins' forecast.


Clips PG Beverley likely done for season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is expected to miss the rest of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Beverley had surgery Wednesday in Houston to repair a lateral meniscus. The procedure was performed by Dr. Walt Lowe at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

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