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Celtics seek 16th straight win at Dallas

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DALLAS -- The Boston Celtics aren't yet halfway to the NBA record for consecutive victories, a mark the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers still hold, but at 15 in a row, they are in rare territory.

Since 1946-47, there have only been 35 instances of a 15-game win streak or longer. And of all the legendary Celtics teams, this squad already holds the franchise's fifth-longest win streak. A victory Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, who are an NBA-worst 3-14 overall and 2-8 at American Airlines Center, would tie the 1964-65 Boston team's 16-game win streak.

If the Celtics (15-2) get the win, they would climb closer to the 1959-60 team's 18-game win streak, and then comes the club mark of 19 in a row accomplished by the 2008-09 team.


Curry has 39, Warriors win minus Durant

NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry knew he needed to start aggressively to make up for the absence of Kevin Durant.

Then the Warriors had to finish the job without Curry after foul trouble ended his best game of the season.


Ball's 11-16-11 help Lakers rout Nuggets

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lonzo Ball's haircuts are headline news around LA and the NBA. His father already draws more attention than most politicians, and LaVar Ball is even currently engaged in a public argument with the president.

Through all of this extraordinary attention on a 20-year-old point guard and his family, Lonzo has managed to remain focused on his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Wall sits out as Wizards fall to Raptors

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors had a tough night from 3-point range against the Washington Wizards.

Fortunately for Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had no problems inside the arc.


Pistons hold on, end Wolves' 3-game run

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Detroit got a bit of everything down the stretch. A gutty performance from Andre Drummond after hurting his elbow. A tough shot from Reggie Jackson over Karl-Anthony Towns. Two big free throws from Tobias Harris.

But Stan Van Gundy knew his Pistons needed just a tiny bit more to outlast Minnesota on Sunday night.


Pacers dominate second half to beat Heat

MIAMI (AP) Myles Turner made almost every shot he took in Indiana's biggest win of the season, and even got a chance for a brief postgame chat with actor Matthew McConaughey.

Everything went great for the Pacers.


Warren's 27 lead balanced Suns by Bulls

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns - the starters and the guys off the bench - piled up the assists against Chicago and sent the Bulls to another loss.

T.J. Warren scored 27 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns handed the Bulls their sixth loss in seven games, 113-105 on Sunday night.


76ers G Fultz out at least 2 more weeks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will miss another two to three weeks as he recovers from soreness in his right shoulder.

The Sixers said Fultz's return to action will be determined by how the shoulder responds to progressive basketball training and practices in the interim.


Magic won't host summer league in 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic has decided to end their annual summer league.

Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said Sunday the trend of NBA teams playing in the Las Vegas Summer League led to the decision end Orlando Pro Summer League. Orlando's Summer League, which showcased rookies and young players, began in 2002.


Hornets snap skid, extend Clippers' to 8

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker exhaled loudly as he pulled up a chair and sat down in front of his locker.

"We really needed that win," Walker said.

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