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Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, front right, looks to shoot against Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince, right, and forward Zach Randolph (50) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The Bulls won 103-97. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Nikola Mirotic added a season-best 27, and the Chicago Bulls snapped Memphis' six-game winning streak with a 103-97 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night.

Butler connected on 11 of 21 in the game, while Mirotic connected on all six of his shots beyond the arc, setting a season standard for 3-pointers made. Aaron Brooks scored 17 points and Joakim Noah finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Butler also had 10 rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded Memphis 51-45.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 21 points, while Beno Udrih added 15 points before leaving with a hand injury in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol had 13 points, but was 5 of 15 from the field, part of Memphis shooting 39 percent for the game. Vince Carter scored 10 for Memphis.

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Wizards rally down stretch, top Heat 105-103 (December 20, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 19: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards calls a play during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI -- One of the biggest reasons why Paul Pierce decided to join the Washington Wizards was because he thought they could be a contender if they learned how to finish games.

He might have been on to something.

John Wall scored 20 points and added 10 assists, Nene scored 20 off the bench and the Wizards rallied to beat the Miami Heat 105-103 on Friday night for their sixth straight win and 11th in their last 12 games.

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Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss (December 20, 2014)
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Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross (31) passes around Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Raptors won 110-100. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense as the Toronto Raptors beat Detroit 110-100 on Friday night, handing the Pistons their 12th straight home loss.

Brandon Jennings scored 22 points to lead Detroit, which extended its single-season franchise record for consecutive home losses and moved within seven of the NBA record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams had 15 points each, James Johnson scored 12, and Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross added 11 each for the Raptors.

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LeBron James moves up scoring list as Cavaliers top Nets (December 20, 2014)
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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at The Quicken Loans Arena on December 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 22 points and Mike Miller, making his first start of the season, added 21 on seven 3-pointers, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

James, who moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list, scored eight points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers bounced back from their biggest loss of the season Wednesday against Atlanta.

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. Brooklyn guard Deron Williams limped off the court in the second quarter with a strained right calf and didn't return.

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Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves (December 20, 2014)
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Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, center, reaches for a rebound between Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Bennett (24) and guard Zach LaVine, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON -- Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics showed crisp ball movement as they began the post-Rajon Rondo era with a 114-98 win over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

One day after trading their star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics had six players score in double figures in their third straight victory, all against teams that have combined for just 17 wins this season.

Leading 95-92 midway through the fourth quarter, the Celtics scored the next eight points and 12 of 14 to take a 107-94 lead with 3:25 remaining. They stayed ahead by at least 12 the rest of the way.

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Walker, Jefferson lead Hornets past 76ers 109-91 (December 20, 2014)
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Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker, center, chases down a loose ball as Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams, left, and Robert Covington pursue during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA -- Kemba Walker scored a season-high 30 points, Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 109-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Tony Wroten and Robert Covington scored 19 apiece for the Sixers, who dropped to 0-14 at home this season. They're closing in on the NBA record for the most home losses to start a season, which is held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks at 19.

The Hornets (7-19) had lost 14 of 16 coming in but dominated the rebuilding Sixers (2-23).

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Favors, Hayward lead Jazz over Magic 101-94 (December 20, 2014)
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ORLANDO, FL - December 19: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on December 19, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It took nearly two months, but the Utah Jazz finally has a winning streak going -- modest as it might be.

The Jazz rode 23 points from Derrick Favors and 20 from Gordon Hayward to a 101-94 win over the Orlando Magic.

The win comes two nights after beating Miami, giving the Jazz back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Enes Kanter had 11 points and seven rebounds and Trey Burke added 11 points and five assists for Utah.

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Danny Ainge says a major reason he traded Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks was the possibility the Celtics would lose the point guard in free agency. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

BOSTON -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said lingering uncertainty about Rajon Rondo's future in Boston, along with the team's inability to immediately surround him with impact players, contributed to his decision to trade him to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics shipped the four-time All-Star point guard and rookie power forward Dwight Powell to Dallas on Thursday night for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, two future draft picks and a $12.9 million trade exception. And while Ainge admitted that giving up the best player in the deal ran counter to the team's typical philosophy with swaps, he believed it was the right move for the Celtics moving forward.

The post-Rondo era began Friday night, when six Celtics scored in double figures for a 114-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and their third straight victory.

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San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard has "something kind of torn" in his right hand, coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before Friday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Spurs had listed Leonard as having a bruised hand, but multiple reports Friday said the injury was a torn ligament.

Leonard told the San Antonio Express-News that it "isn't as bad as it sounds" and he should be back "soon."

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DALLAS -- The opportunity to play for a contender again has Rajon Rondo feeling revitalized after leaving a rebuilding franchise in the Boston Celtics.

"There's one goal that you have in mind, and I'm dying to get another ring again," Rondo said in his introductory news conference after joining the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade. "I want another parade."

The Mavs acquired Rondo along with rookie power forward Dwight Powell from the Celtics in exchange for center Brandan Wright, point guard Jameer Nelson, small forward Jae Crowder, a protected first-round pick, a second-round pick and a $12.9 million trade exception in a deal finalized Thursday night.

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