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NBA: Terry Rozier’s hot hand helps Celtics cruise

NBA: Terry Rozier’s hot hand helps Celtics cruise
Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on Jan. 3. (Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the spotlight from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals and leading the host Boston Celtics to a 102-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Rozier scored the last eight Boston points of the first quarter to give the Celtics an 11-point lead, and had another eight points in a row midway through the fourth when they expanded the lead to 21.

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The Celtics have won four consecutive games and the Cavaliers have lost four of their last five.

James had 19 points and seven rebounds for Cleveland, which shot 34.8% from the field.

at Philadelphia 112, San Antonio 106: Joel Embiid had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the 76ers ended a losing streak against the Spurs at 21 games.

at Brooklyn 98, Minnesota 97: Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead jump shot with 9.7 seconds left and tied his career high with 26 points.

Houston 116, at Orlando 98: Gerald Green scored 27 points and the Rockets got by without NBA scoring leader James Harden, who was sidelined because of a strained hamstring.

at Washington 121, New York 103: Bradley Beal scored 27 points, John Wall had 25 and the Wizards beat the Knicks for the 14th time in their last 15 meetings.

at Miami 111, Detroit 104: Kelly Olynyk scored 25 points, including a big layup with 39 seconds left, and the Heat moved three games above .500 for the first time since April 2016.

Toronto 124, at Chicago 115: DeMar DeRozan had 35 points, and Delon Wright set career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Raptors.

at Milwaukee 122, Indiana 101: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. It was his 18th double-double of the season.

Golden State 125, at Dallas 122: Stephen Curry made a long three-point basket with three seconds to play and finished with 32 points for the Warriors.

at Denver 134, Phoenix 111: Gary Harris scored 36 points and the Nuggets used a 37-18 third quarter to take control.

New Orleans 108, at Utah 98: Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who made 14 of 30 (46.7%) three-point shots.

Oklahoma City 133, at Lakers 96

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