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NBA roundup — Dec. 8

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Heat 110, Pistons 95

LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and visiting Miami breezed past Detroit on Sunday, avenging a home loss to the Pistons less than a week ago.

Ray Allen added 18 points for the Heat, who shot 56 percent from the field and 11-of-28 from 3-point range. Miami took an early 16-5 lead, and although the Pistons fought back, the Heat went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to make it 74-57.

Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Pistons never showed any sign of slowing down Miami, and although they finished with 17 offensive rebounds, they never took full advantage of a potential edge inside.

The Pistons beat the Heat 107-97 on Tuesday, and Miami looked motivated at the start of this one. The Heat’s first nine points came on the fast-break, and a 3-pointer by Allen made it 12-2.

Miami led 59-53 at halftime, and Mario Chalmers and Allen each made 3-pointers during the crucial run at the beginning of the third quarter. The Heat led 91-70 after three.

Thunder 118, Pacers 94

Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City turned a matchup of two of the NBA’s best teams into a blowout with a win over visiting Indiana.

The Thunder (15-4) improved to 10-0 at home this season. They are the only Western Conference team to remain undefeated at home.

Durant was 14-of-23 from the field and Oklahoma City shot a season-best 61 percent (47-of-77). Russell Westbrook finished with 26 points, Reggie Jackson had 15 and Serge Ibaka 13 for the Thunder.

Paul George scored 32 points for the Pacers (18-3), who shot just 40 percent (34-of-85).

Indiana was playing its second game in two nights, having won at San Antonio on Saturday.

Celtics 114, Knicks 73

Jordan Crawford scored 23 points and visiting Boston posted the most lopsided victory in the NBA this season, bursting out to another sizzling start and pouring it on from there to batter New York.

Jared Sullinger added 21 for the Celtics, who jumped to leads of 12-0, 18-1 and 25-3 and improved their Atlantic Division-leading record to 10-12.

The Celtics led 58-31 at halftime, then Crawford made four 3-pointers in a 34-point quarter that extended Boston’s lead to 92-56. The Celtics then scored the first four points of the fourth for a 40-point lead, triggering loud boos that got louder at the final buzzer.

Boston surpassed a 38-point victory by the Los Angeles Clippers over the Chicago Bulls that had been the NBA’s biggest victory this season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks.

Knicks starters were 3-for-23 in the first half, including a combined 0-for-8 by guards Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.

Rockets 98, Magic 88

Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead Houston over visiting Orlando.

James Harden scored 27 points and also had 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Terrence Jones contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Glenn Davis scored 18 points in Orlando’s fifth consecutive loss.


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