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Celtics seek 16th straight win at Dallas

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(TSX / STATS) -- DALLAS -- The Boston Celtics aren't yet halfway to the NBA record for consecutive victories, a mark the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers still hold, but at 15 in a row, they are in rare territory.

Since 1946-47, there have only been 35 instances of a 15-game win streak or longer. And of all the legendary Celtics teams, this squad already holds the franchise's fifth-longest win streak. A victory Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, who are an NBA-worst 3-14 overall and 2-8 at American Airlines Center, would tie the 1964-65 Boston team's 16-game win streak.

If the Celtics (15-2) get the win, they would climb closer to the 1959-60 team's 18-game win streak, and then comes the club mark of 19 in a row accomplished by the 2008-09 team.


Curry has 39, Warriors win minus Durant

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- With Kevin Durant sitting out, Stephen Curry felt a need to be more aggressive than usual.

It resulted in his most productive showing of the season but also forced the Golden State Warriors' star guard to watch the final three minutes from the bench.


Ball's 11-16-11 help Lakers rout Nuggets

(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- Ball movement and a second-quarter implosion doomed the Denver Nuggets in a 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Lonzo Ball recorded the second triple-double of his rookie season, and the Lakers rolled at Staples Center.


Wall sits out as Wizards fall to Raptors

(TSX / STATS) -- TORONTO -- The Washington Wizards already had one victory this season over the Toronto Raptors despite playing without their All-Star point guard John Wall.

They could not duplicate the feat Sunday, however, when Wall was again out of the lineup, this time with a swollen left knee.


Pistons rally, then hold off Wolves

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Pistons already had lost two games on their current road trip. They didn't want to return home without a victory.

Andrew Drummond and Reggie Jackson made sure Detroit ended its trip on a high note.


Hot-shooting Pacers end skid in Miami

(TSX / STATS) -- MIAMI -- Erik Spoelstra was seething.

The Miami Heat coach, who has won two NBA titles but has also seen his share of horrible basketball as in last season's 11-30 start, seemed as angry as he has ever been after Sunday night's 120-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena.


Warren, reserves lift Suns past Bulls

(TSX / STATS) -- PHOENIX -- Every game is still a struggle for the young Suns.

But as they learn to share the ball and trust each other under interim coach Jay Triano, the results are improving.


Ex-All-Star F Lee announces retirement

(TSX / STATS) -- Two-time All-Star David Lee announced his retirement on Sunday after 12 NBA seasons.

The 34-year-old forward made the announcement on his Instagram page.


76ers G Fultz out at least 2 more weeks

(TSX / STATS) -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the first overall pick in this year's NBA draft, will miss at least two more weeks with a shoulder injury, the team announced Sunday.

Fultz has played just four games this season, averaging 6.0 points, and has not played since an Oct. 23 game against Detroit because of the shoulder problem.


Hornets snap skid, extend Clippers' to 8

(TSX / STATS) -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets were desperate to snap a six-game losing streak, and their desperation showed on Saturday night.

The Hornets clearly outworked the reeling Los Angeles Clippers, and the result was a 102-87 victory at the Spectrum Center.

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