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Irving has 47, Celts' run 16 with OT win

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(TSX / STATS) -- DALLAS -- The Boston Celtics have been comeback specialists during their win streak and their magic, led by Kyrie Irving's season-high 47 points, continued Monday night.

The Celtics needed another fourth-quarter rally and, for the first time this season, overtime to finally get past the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 and push their win streak to 16 in a row.

The Celtics (16-2) have now tied for the franchise's fourth-longest win streak. They can tie for the third longest when they go for 17 in a row Wednesday at Miami.

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Lue, LeBron downplay James' minutes load

(TSX / STATS) -- Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been questioned throughout the season about the playing time of superstar LeBron James.

After James logged a season-low 27 minutes in Cleveland's 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday, Lue was questioned again -- and he didn't seem to like it.

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Cavs rout Pistons for fifth straight win

(TSX / STATS) -- DETROIT -- The NBA's Central Division standings show the Detroit Pistons at the top. The Cleveland Cavaliers sent a message on Monday who really rules the division until further notice.

Kevin Love had 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and the Cavaliers extended their winning streak to five games with a 116-88 romp over the Pistons.

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Oladipo's 29 help Pacers push run to 4

(TSX / STATS) -- ORLANDO, Fla. -- Victor Oladipo doesn't need to tell everyone he was thrilled with the offseason trade that brought him back to the state of Indiana.

He just shows it with the way he plays every night.

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Pelicans top OKC after Cousins' ejection

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis insisted he wasn't tired, but his normally reliable jump shot said otherwise.

In a game of survival and mental toughness, Davis played 44 1/2 minutes overall -- including all 24 minutes in the second half after DeMarcus Cousins was ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant foul -- and scored a game-high 36 points to carry the New Orleans Pelicans to a 114-107 victory Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.

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Blazers extend Grizzlies' skid to 5

(TSX / STATS) -- MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies had cut the Portland Trail Blazers' lead to four points. It was getting late, but if they made a stop, there was a chance to flip things.

That's when Portland guard CJ McCollum knocked down a contested jumper with 35.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter on the way to the Trail Blazers' 100-92 victory over Memphis Monday night at FedExForum.

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Knicks end 10-game skid to sliding Clips

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Three days after getting little help for Kristaps Porzingis, a host of New York Knicks came to play on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis scored 25 points and reserve guard Doug McDermott added 16 to lead six players in double figures as the New York Knicks defeated the slumping Los Angeles Clippers 107-85 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Wizards top Bucks 100-91 as Wall returns

(TSX / STATS) -- MILWAUKEE -- John Wall returned to the lineup, and the Washington Wizards seemed to get their groove back.

Wall sat out Washington's 100-91 loss at Toronto on Sunday because of a sore left knee that had been bothering him for a week and the Wizards shot 42 percent and scored 36 points in the second half.

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Simmons scores 27 as 76ers beat Jazz

(TSX / STATS) -- PHILADELPHIA -- With Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert absent, the Philadelphia 76ers were bent on making Monday night's game an inside job.

Led by rookie sensation Ben Simmons, they did just that.

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Howard has 25 and 20, Hornets top Wolves

(TSX / STATS) -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Suddenly, the Charlotte Hornets are playing the way coach Steve Clifford always envisioned.

The Hornets dominated the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-102 on Monday night at the Spectrum Center, and Clifford couldn't have been happier.

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