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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Dec. 29
Memphis at Minnesota (8 p.m. EST). The teams meet for the first time since a trade on draft night sent the rights to O.J. Mayo, the No. 3 pick and a Rookie of the Year favorite, from the Timberwolves to the Grizzlies for a package led by No. 5 pick Kevin Love.

STARS
Sunday
-Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 32 points after missing three games with a bruised right elbow, leading Denver to a 117-110 victory over the Knicks.
-Josh Howard, Mavericks, had 29 points, nine rebounds and a career-best seven assists, leading Dallas to a 98-76 victory over the Clippers
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 33 points and Cleveland remained the league's only unbeaten team on its own floor with a 93-86 win over the Heat.
-Kevin Garnett, Celtics, had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Boston rebounded from back-to-back losses in emphatic fashion, beating the Kings 108-63.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 31 points and Los Angeles rolled for a 130-113 victory over Golden State.

SIT DOWN
an because he received a flagrant-2 foul and an automatic ejection in the fourth quarter of Friday night's 97-88 loss at Utah. Nowitzki took a backward swing at Matt Harpring with a closed fist and hit him in the face, after he and the Jazz forward got tangled up under the basket.

STICK TO THE POOL
Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps was given a key to the city from mayor Kevin Johnson and a Kings jersey from team owner Gavin Maloof in the first half of Sacramento's 108-63 loss to the Celtics. Phelps had a chance to win a car for a fan by hitting the rim from halfcourt, but his shot banged off the backboard. Phelps was given another opportunity in the second half, but failed again, shooting an airball and launching a shot over the backboard.

ROUT
Boston beat Sacramento 108-63 for one of the most lopsided wins in franchise history. The 45-point margin of victory matched the sixth biggest ever by the Celtics, who also beat the New York Knicks by that amount last season. The last time Boston had a bigger win was a 153-107 victory over the Baltimore Bullets in 1970.

JUST MOVE ON
me loss in franchise history.

THE HARD WAY
For the second straight game, the Cavaliers had to come back late at Quicken Loans Arena to extend their home winning streak, which is now at 16 straight. Cleveland was down by nine points going into the fourth and trailed by eight before going on an 18-2 run and outscoring Miami 26-11 over the final eight minutes for a 93-86 win Sunday night.

SOLID RETURN
Denver's Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points after missing three games with a bruised right elbow, leading the Nuggets to a 117-110 victory over the Knicks. It was only the third 30-point game this season for Anthony, who has been bothered by the elbow since he was originally hurt in a victory over Houston on Nov. 30.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Danny Granger led Indiana with 34 points in a 105-103 loss to New Orleans. Troy Murphy had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost their third straight game, all after having the lead.

SPEAKING
``You can tell the fans are into it. They don't want us to lose all season. It's the third quarter and they're getting a little antsy, we can hear it.'' - Cleveland's LeBron James after the Cavaliers rallied for a 93-86 win to remain the league's only unbeaten team at home, where they're 16-0.
 

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