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Celtics Snap Nine-Game Losing Streak, Intense Heat At Austrailian Open


There were 12 games on the NBA Schedule Wednesday.  

Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, Avery Bradley had 20 points and the Boston Celtics snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 88-83 victory over Toronto.

The Washington Wizards built a 34-point first-half lead and shot 55 percent in beating the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat 114-97.  The Clippers held off Dallas 129-127. It was Philadelphia over Charlotte 95-92. Chicago beat Orlando 128-125 in triple overtime. Houston took New Orleans 103-100. Memphis defeated Milwaukee 82-77. Sacramento won against Minnesota 111-108. San Antonio topped Utah 109-105. Phoenix beat the Lakers 121-114. It was Portland over Cleveland 108-96 and Golden State fell to Denver 123-116.

At the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova survived the intense heat to advance to the third round with a grueling 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win in 3 hours, 28 minutes over Karin Knapp.

On the men's side, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Donald Young all won their matches.

Some matches were suspended Thursday with organizers implementing the Extreme Heat Policy when the temperature reached 108 degrees.

In baseball, pitcher Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers.

In college basketball, the UAlbany men's team dropped its second straight America East Conference game, losing 70-66 in overtime to host UMass-Lowell.

Tonight Siena takes on the Manhattan Jaspers at 7:00 p.m. No. 4 Michigan St. beat Northwestern 54-40. Ninth-ranked Oklahoma St. defeated TCU 82-50. No. 10 San Diego St. won against Fresno St. 68-60. It was Texas Tech over No. 12 Baylor 82-72 and No. 16 UMass beat George Mason 88-87.

In the NHL, Toronto won against Buffalo 4-3 in a shootout. Pittsburgh topped Washington 4-3 and Anaheim crushed Vancouver 9-1.

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