SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Dec. 4
San Antonio at Denver (10:30 p.m. EST). Tim Duncan and the Spurs, losers of two in a row, face the Nuggets, who are 12-3 since acquiring Chauncey Billups in a trade.

STARS
Wednesday
-Rajon Rondo, Celtics, had 16 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists for his first career triple-double, leading Boston over Indiana 114-96 for its 10th straight victory.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, tormented his hometown team again, scoring 32 points as Los Angeles beat Philadelphia 114-102 to improve to 15-2.
-Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers, scored 12 of his 22 points in the final 8 minutes to help Portland beat Washington 98-92 and extend its winning streak to six games.
-Emeka Okafor, Bobcats, had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Charlotte beat Oklahoma City 103-97 to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 24 points and 15 assists as New Orleans won for the fifth time in six games, 104-91 over Phoenix.
-Dwyane Wade, Heat, scored 23 points and Miami climbed back above .500 by beating short-handed Utah 93-89.

SITTING SUNS
ers Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal in a 104-91 loss in New Orleans. Nash had flu-like symptoms, while O'Neal has been sitting out a game when the Suns play on consecutive nights. He is expected to return when they visit Dallas on Thursday.

SAM SACKED
The Toronto Raptors fired coach Sam Mitchell and replaced him with assistant Jay Triano, one day after a 132-93 loss to Denver dropped them to 8-9. Mitchell, the sixth coach in franchise history, signed a three-year contract in 2007 after he led Toronto to a franchise-record 47 wins and the Atlantic Division title. He went 156-189 in four-plus seasons with the Raptors.

SUPER START
Cleveland improved to 10-0 on its own floor for the first time in franchise history with a 118-82 victory over New York on Wednesday, its 14th win in 15 games overall. The Cavaliers have won six straight and are the only Eastern Conference team unbeaten at home.

SPEAKING
``He was amazing. It was like there was three Rondos. I looked up and it came off the rim and he is grabbing a rebound, then I got back on defense and he beat me back. He was everywhere tonight.'' - Kevin Garnett, after teammate Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists for his first career triple-double in Boston's 114-96 victory over Indiana.
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