SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Dec. 24
No games scheduled.

STARS
Tuesday
-Rodney Stuckey, Pistons, scored a career-high 40 points in Detroit's 104-98 victory over Chicago.
-Tony Parker, Spurs, had 36 points on 13-of-17 shooting as San Antonio beat Minnesota 99-93.
-LeBron James and Mo Williams, Cavaliers. James scored 27 points and Williams added 23 in Cleveland's 99-90 victory over Houston.
-Devin Harris, Nets, hit a jumper from the top of the key as time expired to give New Jersey a 108-107 victory at Indiana. Harris finished with 29 points and 11 assists.
-Emeka Okafor, Bobcats, had 29 points and 18 rebounds in Charlotte's 80-72 victory over Washington.
-Joe Johnson, Hawks, had his second career triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Atlanta to a 99-88 victory over Oklahoma City.
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-Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, Lakers. Bryant scored 26 points and Gasol added 20 in Los Angeles 100-87 victory at New Orleans.

STREAKS
Boston set a franchise record with its 19th consecutive victory, getting 18 points apiece from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-91 Tuesday night. The Celtics improved to 27-2 - the best start for a two-loss team in NBA history. The streak broke the Celtics' previous record of 18 set in 1981-82. ... Dallas' 100-82 victory over Memphis was the Mavericks' 13th straight over the Grizzlies.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Caron Butler scored 31 points in Washington's 80-72 loss at Charlotte on Tuesday night. ... Kevin Durant scored 28 points in Oklahoma City's 99-88 loss at Atlanta, the Thunder's 10th defeat in 11 games. ... Danny Granger had 26 points in Indiana's 108-107 loss to New Jersey. ... Rafer Alston scored 20 points and Yao Ming had 19 in Houston's 99-90 loss at Cleveland. ... Al Jefferson had 28 points and Randy Foye added 26 points and 16 rebounds in Minnesota's 99-93 loss at San Antonio.

STILL UNBEATEN AT HOME
d Daniel Gibson made two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win their first 14 home games since Chicago and Orlando did it in 1995-96. The Cavs improved to 23-2 in their last 25 games.

STRUGGLING
Washington's 80-72 loss at Charlotte on Tuesday night dropped the Wizards to 4-22 - the worst record after 26 games in the team's 48-year history. Shooting just 32 percent and dominated inside, the Wizards faded late in their seventh straight loss and spoiled coach Ed Tapscott's return to Charlotte, where he was the expansion Bobcats' team president for three years.

SITTING OUT
Golden State guard Jamal Crawford missed the Warriors' 96-88 loss at Miami on Tuesday night with a strained left groin, adding to the team's significant injury woes. Golden State has already been without Monta Ellis (ankle), Corey Maggette (hamstring) and Stephen Jackson (left hand). Crawford, averaging 19.3 points in 15 games since being acquired from New York, strained the hamstring Monday in Orlando, but played nonetheless in the Warriors' loss to the Magic. He was still experiencing pain on Tuesday.

SIDELINED
rd Antonio Daniels, who twisted his knee during the Hornets' previous game on Saturday, also missed the game. ... The short-handed Utah Jazz played without center Mehmet Okur (back spasms) on Tuesday night, then lost forward Paul Millsap to a left knee injury early in the first quarter against the Bucks. Okur and Millsap joined forward Carlos Boozer on the bench. Boozer, who is averaging 20.5 points and 11.7 rebounds, missed his 18th straight game Tuesday with a strained left quad tendon.

STATS
Miami matched last season's win total by beating injury-depleted Golden State 96-88 on Tuesday night. Dwyane Wade had 32 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Daequan Cook scored 15 of his 20 points to spark a second-quarter comeback as the Heat reached the 15-win mark in 27 games - 55 fewer than they needed to get there last season as the NBA's worst team.

SPEAKING
``Unless you win it all, it's pretty much steam in the air: You see it, and then it evaporates.'' - Boston's Kevin Garnett after the Celtics beat Philadelphia 110-91 Tuesday night for their franchise-record 19th consecutive victory.

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