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Heat end Celtics' 16-game win streak

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(TSX / STATS) -- MIAMI -- The Boston Celtics were about to erase another double-digit deficit and extend their winning streak when two fortunate bounces from a Dion Waiters' 3-point attempt helped squash the rally.

Waiters' shot late in the fourth quarter bounced off the rim, the top of the backboard and through the net as the Miami Heat held off the Celtics for a 104-98 victory Wednesday night.

The win snapped the Celtics' 16-game winning streak. The loss was Boston's first since a 108-100 defeat at Milwaukee on Oct. 18.


Westbrook's 34 help OKC roll by Warriors

(TSX / STATS) -- OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook insisted that there was no extra juice to Wednesday night's game between his Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant's Golden State Warriors.

It was just another game, Westbrook said.


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

(TSX / STATS) -- CLEVELAND -- LeBron James received a kick in the rear from his coach and a head butt from an opponent. Then, he delivered a gut punch.

James scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including an 18-point run on his own, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 119-109 on Wednesday night.


Nuggets' Millsap may miss 3 months

(TSX / STATS) -- Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a left wrist ligament injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Vertical first reported that Millsap would need surgery and be sidelined indefinitely.


Knicks use 28-0 run to rally by Raptors

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Two days ago after a topsy-turvy win over the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek shrugged as he described the NBA as a "game of runs."

Even Hornacek could not have foreseen what happened at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night in the Knicks' rematch with the Raptors, five days after Toronto handed his team a season-worst 23-point loss.


Bucks win Bledsoe's Phoenix return in OT

(TSX / STATS) -- PHOENIX -- Eric Bledsoe expected to be booed in his return to Phoenix. He also expected those boos to drive him to play even better against his former team.

Bledsoe had 30 points and seven assists 15 days after being traded by the Phoenix Suns, and Khris Middleton put up a game-high 40 in the Milwaukee Bucks' 113-107 overtime win on Wednesday.


Paul, Harden key Rockets' rout of Denver

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Those anxiously awaiting the moment where Rockets guard Chris Paul struggles to acclimate with his new teammates might want to eschew holding their breath in the interim.

Paul, making his home debut in his fourth game, and his backcourt mate James Harden paced a dazzling first-half blitz before Trevor Ariza stifled a Denver Nuggets rally in the third quarter as the Houston Rockets rolled to a 125-95 victory on Wednesday night at Toyota Center.


Davis, Cousins power Pelicans past Spurs

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and DeMarcus Cousins added 24 points and 15 boards, powering the New Orleans Pelicans to a 107-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.

New Orleans' defense held San Antonio to a total of 30 points in the second and third quarters. The Pelicans recorded their first victory this season against a team with a winning record.


Clips PG Beverley undergoes knee surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley underwent surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

The 29-year-old Beverley is expected to miss a significant amount of time, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.


Fast start carries 76ers past Blazers

(TSX / STATS) -- PHILADELPHIA -- Two seasons ago, the Philadelphia 76ers went 10-72.

On Wednesday they won for the 10th time in 17 games this season, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 101-81.

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