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The Celtics are discussing a trade that would send Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks for draft picks, Brandan Wright and other players. Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics, after years of flirting with potential Rajon Rondo deals, are in substantive discussions on a trade that would send Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics and Mavericks have been discussing a swap that would furnish Boston with multiple draft picks -- including at least one future first-rounder -- as well as blossoming Mavericks center Brandan Wright and other players needed to make the salary-cap math work.

Sources say the Celtics also have been talking to teams such as the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets about potential Rondo deals, but that the most advanced discussions have been with Dallas.

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Harden scores 41, Rockets beat Nuggets in OT (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Houston Rockets guard James Harden celebrates after scoring a basket against the Denver Nuggets late in the fourth quarter overtime session of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Denver. Houston won 115-111 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER -- James Harden scored 41 points, including eight in overtime, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 115-111 on Wednesday night after Arron Afflalo tied the game on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

Patrick Beverley sealed Houston's seventh win in eight games by hitting four straight free throws in the final 17.8 seconds. Harden had a big game at the line, too, hitting 18 of 21.

Dwight Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds despite a strained right knee that had him questionable for the game.

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Clippers edge Pacers for 102-100 win (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks to pass as he is watched by Luis Scola #4 and Lavoy Allen #5 of the Indiana Pacers during a 102-100 Clipper win at Staples Center on December 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan added 23 rebounds and 15 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers 102-100 on Wednesday night.

Chris Paul had 20 points and nine assists, helping the two-time defending Pacific Division champions win for the 11th time in 13 games.

The Pacers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with their 110-91 rout of the Lakers on Monday night at Indiana, dropped their seventh straight road game. David West and reserve C.J. Miles each had 17 points as seven players scored in double figures.

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Aldridge, Trail Blazers rally to beat Bucks 104-97 (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 17: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the game on December 17, 2014 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-97 Wednesday night with both teams reeling from injuries to key players.

Damian Lillard added 29 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who have won three straight and eight of 10 despite losing starting center Robin Lopez to a broken hand on Monday.

Thomas Robinson, who started in Lopez's absence, sparked the Blazers with 15 points and 16 rebounds, both season highs.

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Marc Gasol, Grizzlies outlast pesky Spurs in 3 overtimes (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, of Spain, is congratulated by teammates after sinking a last-second basket against the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, to send the NBA basketball game into a second overtime Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in San Antonio. Memphis won 117-116 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO -- Marc Gasol scored 26 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer as regulation expired, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame blowing a 23-point lead for a 117-116 triple-overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Zach Randolph had 21 points and 21 rebounds in the Grizzlies' sixth straight victory. Vince Carter added a season-high 18 points for Memphis (21-4).

Danny Green scored 25 points, and Tim Duncan had 23 points and 16 rebounds for San Antonio. His jumper rattled in to force the third OT, but he finished just 5 for 15 on free throws.

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Lowry scores 20 to lead Raptors past Nets 105-89 (December 18, 2014)
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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry drives to the basket in front of Brooklyn Nets' Cory Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO -- Even though it couldn't make up for that Game 7 loss in last season's playoffs, beating Brooklyn sure felt good to the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto used a big fourth quarter to top the Nets 105-89 Wednesday night.

Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson each scored 13 and Lou Williams had 10 in the first meeting between the teams since Brooklyn's one-point win in Game 7 of the first round last May.

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Jazz add to Heat woes, top Miami 105-87 (December 18, 2014)
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Utah Jazzs Derrick Favors (15) is blocked under the basket by Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

MIAMI -- The final shot of the night was from Alec Burks, who took a 3-pointer even as Mario Chalmers appeared to hit him on the arm.

Swish.

That's how it's going for visitors in Miami these days. Everything's working for them, and even Dwyane Wade's biggest scoring night in nearly four years wasn't enough to give the Heat a chance.

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Parsons scores 32, Mavs beat Pistons 117-106 (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 17: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Dallas Mavericks goes to the basket against the Detroit Pistons on December 17, 2014 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chandler Parsons hasn't adjusted to the Dallas Mavericks as quickly as he would have liked.

Wednesday, though, he took a step in the right direction.

Parsons, who signed with Dallas this summer, scored a season-high 32 points as the Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 117-106.

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Rondo carries Celtics past Magic, 109-92 (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Orlando Magic during the game on December 17, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images)

BOSTON -- When the Boston Celtics started playing better defense, the game swung in their favor. It didn't hurt that they hardly missed any shots down the stretch, either.

Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

"I think we just turned up the heat," forward Jared Sullinger said when asked what turned the game around.

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Surging Hawks hand Cavs largest loss this season (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: Shelvin Mack #8 and Kent Bazemore #24 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrate during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on December 17, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers' largest loss of the season didn't sit well with coach David Blatt.

"That was embarrassing, how we played," he said after the Atlanta Hawks routed Cleveland 127-98 on Wednesday night. "I apologize to all the good fans who came out here. Really, just a poor, poor performance."

Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Hawks won for the 11th time in 12 games.

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