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Monday, Dec. 8
Golden State at Oklahoma City (8 p.m. EST). Oklahoma City fell to 2-19 with its 105-99 loss at Miami on Saturday night, matching the fifth-worst 21-game start in NBA history. Golden State has lost nine straight to drop to 5-15.

STARS
Sunday
-Steve Blake, Trail Blazers, scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in Portland's 98-97 victory over Toronto.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, had 20 points and a season-high eight assists to help Los Angeles (17-2) equal its best 19-game start in franchise history with a 105-92 win over Milwaukee.
-Chris Duhon, Knicks, had 25 points and nine assists to help New York hang on after blowing most of a 29-point lead in a 104-92 win over Detroit.
-Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, Celtics. Allen scored a season-high 35 points and Garnett had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five steals to help Boston push its winning streak to 12 with a 122-117 overtime victory at Indiana.

STATS
cent from the field against the league's top defensive team, but still lost to Boston 122-117 in overtime. It was the most points the Celtics have allowed this season. ... Milwaukee shot 38 percent from the field in a 105-92 loss to the Lakers, and has not shot better than 50 percent this season.

SUNDAY SWOONS
Maybe the Pistons really do refuse to work on Sunday. Detroit rallied from 29 points down but still lost to the Knicks, 104-92, dropping the Pistons to 0-5 on the back end of the weekend. The Knicks won for the first time in six games against the Central Division.

SEE YA
Detroit played nearly the entire fourth quarter against the Knicks without Richard Hamilton, who was thrown out of a game at Madison Square Garden for the third time in four years. He got a technical foul in the first half, then was called for another and ejected after appearing to give a little shove to Jared Jeffries after fouling him.

STREAKS
The Celtics are riding a 12-game winning streak after a 122-117 overtime victory over Indiana, their longest streak since taking 14 straight on their way to the 1986 NBA title. ... The Lakers (17-2) equaled the best 19-game start in franchise history, also accomplished by the 1985-86 team. ... The Knicks blew most of a 29-point lead before holding off Detroit 104-92 to snap a three-game skid.

SPEAKING
u play, one thing you can always do every night is play hard and there's no excuse for that. We get a lot of money to come out here and perform to the highest of our ability and there's no reason why you shouldn't come out and give that effort.'' - Allen Iverson after Detroit dropped to 7-8 since his debut with a 104-92 loss at New York.
 

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