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Oladipo has 47, Pacers top Nuggets in OT

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(TSX / STATS) -- INDIANAPOLIS -- Pacers guard Victor Oladipo shrugged off the MVP chants from the Indiana crowd.

"I don't care about stuff like that," he said. "I got a lot of work to do."

From his nearby locker, teammate Myles Turner added, "It's looking pretty good."


DeRozan leads Raptors to 6th win in row

(TSX / STATS) -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Toronto Raptors are rolling amid their longest winning streak since March and will wake up Monday morning with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Despite that, coach Dwane Casey can't wait to see what his team does when it becomes more consistent.


Celtics deal Pistons sixth straight loss

(TSX / STATS) -- DETROIT -- Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics took some extra satisfaction from defeating the slumping Detroit Pistons on the road.

The Celtics allowed a season-high 118 points in a home loss to the Pistons on Nov. 27. By clogging the lane, Boston flipped the script on Sunday. It held the Pistons to season lows in points and field-goal percentage in a 91-81 victory at Little Caesars Arena.


Holiday has 34, Pelicans rally by 76ers

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW ORLEANS -- As the NBA pendulum swings -- moving from goat to hero -- life can change in a flash, even in the two minutes and 10 seconds between the third and fourth quarters.

The New Orleans Pelicans allowed the Philadelphia 76ers to score 40 third-quarter points and frittered away an 11-point halftime lead on Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center. However, guard Jrue Holiday torched the 76ers with 19 of New Orleans' 44 fourth-quarter points, powering the Pelicans to a 131-124 victory.


Towns helps Timberwolves hold off Mavs

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- When Minnesota faced the Dallas Mavericks in two earlier meetings this season, the Timberwolves coasted to a pair of double-digit victories.

That wasn't the case Sunday as Minnesota had to grind out a close game that went down to the wire at Target Center. While it wasn't pretty, the Timberwolves escaped with a 97-92 win to beat Dallas again.


Porzingis scores 30 as Knicks top Hawks

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Ever since Tim Hardaway Jr. was lost for the foreseeable future with a lower left stress injury, the New York Knicks have looked for a consistent No. 2 scorer.

Kristaps Porzingis -- when healthy -- has the No. 1 spot locked down. But New York has struggled to find a reliable second fiddle.


Harden has 48, Rockets win ninth in row

(TSX / STATS) -- PORTLAND, Ore. -- When the going got tough, Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni went small.

With the Rockets trailing by 14 points entering the fourth quarter, D'Antoni sent out a lineup that included four guards and forward Luc Mbah a Moute.


Antetokounmpo's 37-13 get Bucks by Jazz

(TSX / STATS) -- MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight night, the Milwaukee Bucks faced off against an opponent that had embarrassed them two weeks earlier, and for the second straight night it looked as if the Bucks just might have learned a thing or two from their previous mistakes.

In their last meeting with the Utah Jazz, the Bucks allowed the 18 3-pointers in a 13-point loss in Salt Lake City, but Milwaukee rectified that issue Saturday night, holding Utah to 8-of-23 shooting from distance and a 43.4 percentage overall in a 117-100 victory at the Bradley Center.


Westbrook has 20-11-14, OKC tops Memphis

(TSX / STATS) -- MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Russell Westbrook completed another triple double, just in time to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a much-needed road victory, 102-101 in overtime, against the free-falling Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at FedEx Forum.

Westbrook, who shot a miserable 7 of 29 from the field, closed the gap to 101-100 with a driving layup. The Grizzlies' JaMychal Green got to the line with 8.8 seconds left, but missed both free throws. Down one, Westbrook had the ball in his hands. And Russell did what Russell does. He blew by the defense, drew the contact and hit both free throws to give the Thunder the lead. It gave him 20 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for the night.


Depleted Spurs hold off Suns' rally

(TSX / STATS) -- PHOENIX -- Bryn Forbes knew he hadn't made a 3-point shot all night. But that didn't stop him from thinking the next one was going in.

And it was the one the San Antonio Spurs needed the most.