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In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 photo, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Boston. The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, Dec. 18, 2014, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston's last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks

- Associated Press

The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon, left, dunks over Cleveland State forward Derek Sloan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

No. 6 Virginia easily handles Cleveland State

- Associated Press

Justin Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Virginia shake off the rust of an 11-day layoff for exams and defeat Cleveland State, 70-54.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) combine on Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-96. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pierce out against Timberwolves

- The Washington Times

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce will not play Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sore right toe.

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, loses control of the ball against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), from France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards overcome sluggish start to top Jazz

- Associated Press

For a while, the Washington Wizards seemed determined to make the game live down to its billing. That turnover-filled first half? It looked more like a bad practice.

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Pelicans call up Smith from Fort Wayne

Associated Press

The New Orleans Pelicans have recalled rookie point guard Russ Smith from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Top 25 Capsules

- Associated Press

Stanley Johnson scored 15 points to help No. 3 Arizona survive a scare in its first true road game of the season, pulling away late for a victory against UTEP.

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime by rallying for a 129-119 victory Friday night.

Cincinnati's coach Mick Cronin directs players against San Diego State in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm

- Associated Press

Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it.

Valdes, Bobbitt lead Hawaii past Chaminade, 94-63

Associated Press

Aaron Valdes scored 19 of his 23 in the first half and Roderick Bobbitt added 15 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and six assists to lead Hawaii to a 94-63 win over Chaminade at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Friday night.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, tries to drive by Los Angeles Lakers guard Ronnie Price during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Thunder hold off Kobe's Lakers 104-103 without KD

- Associated Press

Although Russell Westbrook grew up watching Kobe Bryant sink innumerable enormous shots for the Lakers, the Los Angeles native didn't worry when No. 24 had the ball with the game on the line against his Oklahoma City Thunder.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, left, drives to shoot past Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nuggets hang on to beat Clippers 109-106

- Associated Press

After the Denver Nuggets blew a big lead, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler were there to help bail them out.

Women's Top 25 Capsules

- Associated Press

Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and No. 2 UConn returned from a 13-day break to rout No. 25 DePaul 98-64 on Friday night.

Man killed on highway after basketball game ID'd

Associated Press

A 20-year-old Connecticut man who was killed while crossing a highway in New Jersey after Thursday night's UConn men's basketball game against Duke has been identified.

Virginia Commonwealth forward Mo Alie-Cox (12) is congratulated by guard JeQuan Lewis (1) after scoring against Cincinnati in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Without coach, Cincinnati falls to VCU 68-47

Associated Press

Melvin Johnson scored 18 points with four of Virginia Commonwealth's 15 3-pointers on Saturday in a 68-47 win over Cincinnati, which was playing without coach Mick Cronin.