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Rondo assist streak ends with ejection...No longer the ashington izards...Spurs win again

UNDATED (AP) - Rajon Rondo's temper cost him a chance to continue his assist streak. The Boston Celtics guard had 37 straight games with at least 10 assists before he was ejected in the second quarter of a 95-83 loss to Brooklyn. Rondo was punished for shoving Kris Humphries in the second quarter after the Nets forward knocked Kevin Garnett to the floor with a hard foul.


     The ejection leaves Rondo tied for the second-longest string of 10-assist games, nine off the record set by Lakers guard Magic Johnson in 1983-84.


     Joe Johnson scored 18 points, while Andray Blatche added 17 and 13 rebounds as the Nets won their fourth in a row to improve to 10-4.


     The Washington Wizards are the last team to win an NBA game this season.


     Emeka Okafor hit the tiebreaking free throws with 39.1 remaining as the Wizards survived a scoreless 6:47 stretch in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 84-82. Jordan Crawford had 19 points for the Wizards, who opened the season 0-12 before sending the Trail Blazers to their third straight loss.


     Also in the NBA, Memphis is a league-best 11-2 after Marreese Speights contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 103-82 win over Toronto. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph finished with 17 points apiece in the Grizzlies' third straight win.


     San Antonio has a five-game winning streak after Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and Gary Neal added 19 in a 110-89 rout of Orlando. Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes, and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists.


     James Harden was a loser in his return to Oklahoma City as Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points in the Thunder's win over Harden's Houston Rockets 120-98. Harden scored 17 points but had six shots blocked while going 3-for-16 from the field.


     The New York Knicks were 102-88 winners at Milwaukee behind Carmelo Anthony's 29 points and eight rebounds in just three quarters. Tyson Chandler chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds as the Knicks improved to 10-4 and halted a three-game road losing streak.


     Chris Paul contributed 23 points and 11 assists to the Los Angeles Clippers' 101-95 triumph over Minnesota. Blake Griffin added 18 points and helped the Clippers limit Kevin Love to 19 points on 3-of-12 shooting.


     Atlanta made it six straight wins with a 94-91 triumph against Charlotte. Al Horford scored 17 points, including a pair of clinching free throws.


     Chicago's Luol Deng delivered 22 points and six rebounds in a 101-78 rout of Dallas. Five Chicago players scored at least 11 points to help the Bulls (7-7) beat the Mavericks for the fourth straight time.


     Al Jefferson finished with 19 points and Paul Millsap scored nine of his 16 points during a dominant third quarter as Utah knocked off New Orleans 96-84. Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez each scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough for the Hornets to avoid their eighth loss in nine games.


     Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva each had 19 points as Detroit ripped Phoenix 117-77. The Pistons have their first winning streak of the season and are 5-3 since an 0-8 start.

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