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Heat roll past Pistons, avenge recent home loss

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. –– LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Miami Heat breezed to a 110-95 victory over Detroit on Sunday, avenging a home loss to the Pistons less than a week ago.

Ray Allen added 18 points for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade but still shot 56 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from 3-point range.

Miami took an early 16-5 lead, and although the Pistons fought back, the Heat went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to make it 74-57.

Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

CELTICS: In New York, Jordan Craw­ford scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics posted the most lopsided victory in the NBA this season, bursting out to another sizzling start and pouring it on from there to batter the New York Knicks 114-73.

Jared Sullinger added 21 for the Celtics, who jumped to leads of 12-0, 18-1 and 25-3 and improved their Atlantic Division-leading record to 10-12.

The Celtics led 58-31 at halftime, then Crawford made four 3-pointers in a 34-point quarter that extended Boston’s lead to 92-56. The Celtics then scored the first four points of the fourth for a 40-point bulge, triggering loud boos.

Boston surpassed a 38-point victory by the Clippers over Chicago that had been the NBA’s biggest victory this season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points.

TRADE: The Toronto Raptors reached an agreement to send Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a multiplayer trade.

The Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the trade is still pending NBA approval, said the deal is expected to become official today.

Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.

The move is the second major one for the Kings already this season as they begin rebuilding under new owner Vivek Ranadive.

Sacramento sent Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26.


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