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Denver — Randy Foye scored a season-high 23 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets routed the Boston Celtics 129-98 on Tuesday night for their third straight win after an eight-game losing streak.
Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Ty Lawson added 19 points and 13 assists for the Nuggets, who sent the Celtics to their fifth loss in a row and reversed a 106-98 loss at Boston on Dec. 6. The Nuggets returned to .500 (17-17) with the victory.
Jerryd Bayless, acquired earlier in the day by Boston as part of a three team trade that also involved Memphis and Oklahoma, had 6 points in 25 minutes in his Celtics debut.
Jeff Green led Boston with 17 points. Brandon Bass had 15 and Avrey Bradley 12.
The Memphis Grizzlies acquired guard Courtney Lee and sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday, the Grizzlies get Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick from Boston. The Celtics get Bayless and also receive forward Ryan Gomes from Oklahoma City. The Thunder receive a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick from Memphis.
The 28-year-old Lee has averaged 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.8 minutes per game this season. The 6-foot-5 guard is shooting 44.2 percent from 3-point range.
The 6-3 Bayless averages 8.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 21.0 minutes this season. The 25-year-old Bayless is shooting 37.7 percent.
Cavaliers 111, Sixers 93
Cleveland — C.J. Miles set a team record with 10 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points, leading Cleveland over Philadelphia.
Miles made eight 3s in the first half, when the Cavs opened a 26-point lead that allowed them to coast to a rare easy win. He notched his ninth with 9:53 left and drained No. 10 with 9:17 remaining. He went 10 of 14 from outside the arc.
Cleveland’s second victory in 10 games came hours after the club acquired forward Luol Deng from Chicago in a trade for center Andrew Bynum and future draft picks. Deng wasn’t in uniform, but Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned after missing three games with a bruised left knee and finished with 16 points.
Wizards 97, Bobcats 83
Charlotte, n.c. — Bradley Beal scored 21 points to lead the Wizards over the Bobcats.
Beal was one of five Wizards to score in double figures. Marcin Gortat added 18 points, John Wall had 17 points, Trevor Booker 12 and Martell Webster 10. Gortat added 12 rebounds while helping hold Charlotte center Al Jefferson to six points on 3-of-9 field-goal shooting.
Pacers 86, Raptors 79
Indianapolis — Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Danny Granger matched his season high with 13 to help Indiana hold off Toronto.
The Pacers (28-6) won their third straight to retain the NBA’s best record.
Heat 107, Pelicans 88
Miami — LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane Wade scored 22 and Miami turned things around in the second half to beat New Orleans.
It was the 10th 30-point game of the season for James. The Heat are 9-1 when he scores that many.
Knicks 89, Pistons 85
New York — Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the pivotal third quarter, then made the clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left as New York handed Detroit a season-high fifth straight loss.
Warriors 101, Bucks 80
Milwaukee — David Lee scored 22 points, making his first 10 shots from the field, to lead Golden State over Milwaukee.
Mavericks 110, Lakers 97
Dallas — Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Dallas avoided its longest home losing streak in 14 years.
The Mavericks had lost four straight at home, the last victory in their arena coming against Memphis the week before Christmas.
Spurs 110 Grizzlies 108 (ot)
Memphis, Tenn. — Manu Ginobili scored on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, lifting San Antonio to the road win.
Mike Conley had an opportunity to win the game for Memphis, but his 25-footer fell short.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points, while Marco Belinelli added 19 and Kawhi Leonard had 17.
Conley had 30 points for the Grizzlies.
Memphis trailed by 16 with five minutes left in regulation, and then used a 23-7 run to force overtime. Conley hit a runner at the end of regulation after Ginobili had scored on a layup.