Celtics hand Heat worst loss of season

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BOSTON — Rajon Rondo had a triple-double and the Boston Celtics handed Miami its biggest loss of the season, pulling away for a 91-72 win over the Heat on Sunday.

Boston's Rajon Rondo passes the ball after colliding with Miami's Udonis Haslem during the second half. Rondo had a triple-double in the Celtics' win.   ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Boston's Rajon Rondo passes the ball after colliding with Miami's Udonis Haslem during the second half. Rondo had a triple-double in the Celtics' win.

Miami’s past three losses have been by at least 15 points and its previous worst defeat of the season came just one week earlier in a 103-87 setback at Oklahoma City.

Rondo finished with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, reaching the triple-double mark with 81/2 minutes to play. The Celtics increased their Atlantic Division lead to one game over idle Phila­delphia.

The Heat, playing their third game in four days, were led by LeBron James with 23 points but he had no assists for only the second time in his career.

THUNDER 92, BULLS 78

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Thunder used a dominating third quarter to beat Chicago and move within a game of the Bulls in the race for the NBA’s best record.

The Thunder (40-12) clinched a playoff berth in the process, with the help of tiebreakers over the teams fighting for the Western Conference’s final spot in the postseason.

The Bulls (42-12) played without All-Star point guard Derrick Rose for the 10th consecutive game.

NUGGETS 104, MAGIC 101

In Orlando, Fla., Ty Lawson scored 12 of his 25 points in the second half and Arron Afflalo added 22 points for Denver.

Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 27 points. The Magic played without center Dwight Howard, who missed his first game of the season with back spasms.

RAPTORS 99, WIZARDS 92

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points, Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan each had 15 for the Raptors.

John Wall had 13 points and 11 assists for Washington.

PACERS 104, ROCKETS 102 (OT)

In Houston, Danny Granger scored 32 points, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds left in overtime for Indiana.

The Pacers led by one when Paul George turned the ball over. Courtney Lee grabbed it but stumbled trying to wrestle it away from the Pacers and was called for traveling.


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