NBA games Wednesday, scores, highlights: Celtics' win streak comes to an end at 16 – CBSSports.com

It’s a big pre-Thanksgiving night. This NBA Wednesday features 14 games with too much action to watch all at once. Make sure to have an extra tab or column open for League Pass Alerts, because that will be beneficial to following the Association tonight. 

NBA Scores for Wednesday, Nov. 22

All times Eastern

Washington Wizards 124, Charlotte Hornets 129 (box score
Cavaliers 119, Nets 109 (Box Score
76ers 101, Trail Blazers 81 (Box Score)
Toronto Raptors 108 at New York Knicks 100 7:30 p.m. (box score)
LA Clippers 116 Atlanta Hawks 103 (box score)
Boston Celtics 98 Miami Heat, 104. (box score)
Dallas Mavericks 95 Memphis Grizzlies 94 (box score)
Golden State Warriors 91 Oklahoma City Thunder 108 (box score)
San Antonio Spurs 90, New Orleans Pelicans 107 (box score)
Orlando Magic 118, Minnesota Timberwolves 124 (box score)
Denver Nuggets 95, Houston Rockets 125 (box score)
Chicago Bulls 80, Utah Jazz 110 (box score)
Milwaukee Bucks 113, Phoenix Suns 107 [OT] (box score)
Los Angeles Lakers 102, Sacramento Kings 113 (box score)
Celtics win streak ended by Heat

Boston’s streak has come to an end. It struggled against Miami throughout the game, but it was also one of those games where everything went right for one team. Dion Waiters hit an absurd shot off the glass that never should have gone in, which is a good example of what kind of night it was for the Heat. These streaks always seem to end against a team you never expect it to.

Kevin Durant goes back to Oklahoma City

Kevin Durant made another return to Oklahoma City, but this time it didn’t go very well for him and the Warriors. Oklahoma City won in blowout fashion and and the Thunder finally got their revenge on Durant for leaving. Of course, Golden State is probably happy with the results of last season despite losing Wednesday.

LeBron James goes off in fourth quarter, leads Cavs to victory

LeBron had to exit the game

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NBA roundup: Celtics' 16-game winning streak ends with loss in Miami – Los Angeles Times

at Houston 125, Denver 95: Trevor Ariza had a season-high 25 points, making seven of 10 shots from three-point range, in the Rockets’ victory Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists, and James Harden added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in limited action.

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What NBA fans should be thankful for this Thanksgiving: Celtics, Sixers, Lonzo Ball – CBSSports.com

The NBA truly is the gift that keeps on giving. From brain-breaking box scores, to unbelievable highlights, to the mental puzzle of trade ideas, to the sheer zaniness of what happens off the court through social media and petty beefs, the league has a new storyline for every fan, every single day. This season is no exception.

With turkeys in the oven and families preparing to break bread to welcome the holiday season, we thought it might be time to take a moment from the non-stop urgency of each next thrilling NBA topic and give thanks for what this season has brought us, both seriously, and, well, with a heaping dose of sarcasm. Here’s what we’re thankful for this NBA season:

The Celtics defying the odds

Man, if there’s one thing Boston fans did not need was more fuel to their underdog complex. Yet, here we are, with the Celtics out in front of the whole league in the win percentage department despite the season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward and despite being down entering the fourth quarter in nearly half their games. This win streak has been improbable, not only for how tough it is to keep that momentum going without Hayward, but for how it’s happened. The painfully young Celtics are leading the league in defensive rating, shattering the idea that you can’t play consistent and smart defense with a team full of kids who haven’t reached the 25-year-old insurance break yet. Kyrie Irving has brought his signature clutch-time heroics, but it’s been the performances of sage veteran Al Horford and explosive second-year star Jaylen Brown that have fueled Boston’s run. If it was up to the offense, the Celtics would sink, but they’re winning with grit, scrap, and all the other cliche attributes of a team that

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The well-intentioned, poorly executed FIBA World Cup qualification schedule, explained – SB Nation

The journey to the 2019 FIBA World Cup is beginning with dozens of important international qualification games scheduled over the next five days. Exactly zero current NBA players will participate in any of them. A limited number of players from EuroLeague, the world’s No. 2 club competition, will play in the games.

That means Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t be in uniform for Greece. Kristaps Porzingis will be playing for the Knicks this week instead of Latvia. The United States will rely on G League players instead of stars like Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis.

Not surprisingly, there has been exceptionally little buzz around the games except for the complaining done by various parties about the timing.

How did we get here? Is this the death of international basketball as a going concern?

The state of international basketball is a convoluted, complicated situation that, to be honest, few American hoops fans care about. But it’s going to potentially have huge impacts on the global sport in the short and long terms. As such, it is our duty to try to unravel it all.

Here are some answers to the questions you might have about what is going on in international basketball this holiday weekend and beyond.

So, why do these international games matter?

Beginning Thursday and running through Monday, 38 games will be played in the first window of qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Seventy-two national teams will be in action, from powers like the United States and Spain to emerging programs like Latvia and Philippines to basketball unknowns like Rwanda, Chile, and Hong Kong.

These games won’t be played at a central tournament: They will be played in these 72 nations or territories, for the most part. Some teams’ “home” games will be played elsewhere for safety or logistical

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Source: NBA to announce development, training academy in Mexico City during Global Games – ESPN

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The NBA will announce a new basketball development and training academy in Mexico City during the Global Games Dec. 7 and 9, in conjunction with CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) and the Mexican Basketball Federation, sources told ESPN.

The NBA has long discussed the idea of having a franchise based in Mexico City, and sources say the league-funded academy in Mexico City could be the first step toward realizing that goal.

Commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference prior to the Mexico City Global Games in January during which he discussed the potential.

“In terms of a franchise here in Mexico City, it is something to look at,” he said. “Obviously, it’s an incredible market with over 20 million people, the largest market in North America and, while we have no immediate plans to expand, one of the things that we look at, it’s whether expanding will be additive to the league as a whole and clearly coming to Mexico City, not just because the population of the city but as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important for the league.”

The NBA has long discussed the idea of having a franchise based in Mexico City, and sources say the league-funded academy in Mexico City could be the first step in realizing that goal down the line. Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo

The NBA currently has six academies: three in China (Jinan, Urumqi and Hangzhou), one in Thies, Senegal, one in Delhi, India, and a Global Academy serving as the hub for elite prospects, in Canberra, Australia.

The academies provide teenagers with NBA-level coaching, facilities and competition, while also stressing educational development. The regional academies (besides the hub in Australia) are in areas with lesser basketball infrastructure and tradition where

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