SCOREBOARD
Monday, Dec. 22
Houston at New Jersey (7:30 p.m. EST). Houston's Yao Ming faces fellow Chinese star Yi Jianlian for the first time this season.

STARS
Sunday
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 31 points as Cleveland finished a four-game road trip with a 102-91 win over Oklahoma City.
-Rajon Rondo, Celtics, scored 18 of his 26 points in the third quarter to help the Celtics tie a franchise record with their 18th straight win, 124-105 over New York.

EIGHTEEN AND COUNTING
Boston tied a team record by winning its 18th straight game, 124-105 over New York on Sunday night. The Celtics (26-2) can break the record Tuesday night against Philadelphia. The defending NBA champions also tied a league record for best start by a team with two losses. Coincidentally, Boston tied the Knicks and 76ers at 26-2. New York did it in 1969-70 and Philadelphia in 1966-67 - each going on to win NBA titles.

DISAPPEARING ACT
shington to its sixth straight loss, 97-86 Sunday night.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Cleveland followed a loss at Atlanta by winning the final three games on a road trip that matched its longest of the season. Now, the Cavs (23-4) head home for a three-game homestand.

NO MORE
Mike Bibby put an end to Detroit's domination of the Hawks, scoring a season-high 27 points to lead Atlanta to an 85-78 win over the Pistons on Sunday. The Pistons swept the four-game series with the Hawks last season, but each of the games came before Atlanta acquired Bibby from Sacramento on Feb. 16. Detroit had won 12 of the last 16 games in the series in Atlanta.

SPEAKING
``The greatest point guard in the world. The best who's ever done it. He can always impact the game even if he doesn't score any points. He had so many assists. In the last four minutes of the game, he totally controlled the game.'' - Dallas' Jason Terry on Jason Kidd, who had 11 assists in the Mavericks' 97-86 win in Washington.

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