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Jazz add to Heat woes, top Miami 105-87 (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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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Thomas, Dragic lead Suns over Hornets, 111-106 (December 18, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Phoenix Suns' Isaiah Thomas, bottom, falls after being fouled by Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The Suns won 111-106. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Goran Dragic said he hates to miss any game.

He said the angst is even worse when his team is in the midst of a losing streak.

Reserve Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points, Dragic returned from a two-game hiatus due to a strained back and had 20, and the Phoenix Suns snapped a six-game skid with a 111-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

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Minnesota Timberwolves again shopping veteran Corey Brewer (December 18, 2014)
Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

The Rockets and Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Corey Brewer, but have also been joined by the Clippers. David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have put veteran swingman Corey Brewer back on the trading block, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Timberwolves, beset with injuries and mired at the foot of the Western Conference with a record of 5-19, are again engaging contending teams in trade discussions for Brewer after making him available in mid-November and then abruptly pulling him off the market.

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Deep Mavericks lighten load on Nowitzki (December 18, 2014)
Larry Fine [ Source: Reuters ]

 Nov 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoot over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the second half at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 95-92. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Dirk Nowitzki can still fill up the basket in his 17th season with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, but it has become time to lighten the load on the 7-foot German sharpshooter.

"Our roster is built on a lot of guys that can make plays. A lot of guys that can contribute, not just one guy to lead every night," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters before Tuesday's road game against the New York Knicks.

"Dirk used to be that guy. We've tried to segue him out of that responsibility to carry the team on his back."

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Jonathan Uyloan of Rain or Shine beats Alaska's Calvin Abueva to the rebound. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Alaska Aces lock horns once again on a familiar stage as they clash in Game One of their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Elasto Painters and the Aces face off at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

Rain or Shine and Alaska are meeting in their second straight semifinals series after a memorable encounter in the Governors’ Cup last June. In Game Four, the Aces were up by two in the dying minutes when JVee Casio broke away from the pack, looking poised for an easy layup which would seal the series and a ticket to the championship round.

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Carmelo Anthony says it "won't be right" if he allows himself to rethink his offseason choice to stay in New York, not jump to Chicago. Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As he heads to Chicago for the first time since picking the New York Knicks over the Bulls in free agency in July, Carmelo Anthony won't allow himself to think what if.

What if he had signed with the Bulls? How good would Chicago be with Anthony and Derrick Rose? How happy would Anthony be winning games -- and presumably winning a lot -- alongside coach Tom Thibodeau?

Anthony won't allow himself to entertain the notion of what could have been.

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Joakim Noah says he's ready to return to the Bulls' lineup after missing the past four games because of lingering issues with his ankle and knee. Rocky Widner/Getty Images

CHICAGO -- Bulls All-Star center Joakim Noah says he will play Thursday night against the New York Knicks after missing the past four games because of lingering issues with his ankle and knee.

Noah, who is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, initially sprained his right ankle on Dec. 2 in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks and then re-sprained it in a win over the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 3. He played 33 minutes in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 5, but has not played since.

"My knee feels good," Noah said. "This is more of my ankle. I think it was good just to get some lifts and just take care of my body during this time, let it heal, and I feel pretty good and I'm excited to be able to play tomorrow."

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