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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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