Heat guard House fined $25,000 for obscene gesture

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Miami Heat guard Eddie House  has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for making what was deemed an  obscene gesture during Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City  Thunder, the league said yesterday.

Defenses on top as Bulls outlast Mavs

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – The Chicago Bulls recovered from  a dismal third quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 82-77 in a  defensive battle on Thursday.

Mavericks snap six-game skid with win over Lakers

DALLAS, (Reuters) – The Dallas Mavericks snapped a  six-game losing streak with a 109-100 triumph over Kobe Bryant  and the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on  Wednesday.

Cooling off

- Hawks send LeBron and Heat to fourth straight loss

MIAMI, (Reuters) – The Atlanta Hawks handed the  ailing Miami Heat a season-high fourth straight loss with a  93-89 overtime victory on Tuesday that spoiled the return of  LeBron James to the lineup.

Garnett’s return sparks Celtics to wild win over Magic

BOSTON, (Reuters) – Boston’s Kevin Garnett made a  game-clinching steal in his return to the court on Monday and  Paul Pierce nailed the winning shot in the final minute to lift  the Celtics to a 109-106 triumph over the Orlando Magic.

Clippers show their grit by ousting the Lakers

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The revitalized Los Angeles  Clippers showed their grit by staging a fourth-quarter comeback  to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-92 on Sunday in a testy  game that featured four late ejections.

Parker spurs San Antonio in win over Wizards

SAN ANTONIO, Texas,  (Reuters) – Tony Parker   scored 20 points and made 14 assists to help the San   Antonio Spurs rebound from their worst loss of the season with   a 94-80 victory over the Washington Wizards yesterday.

Heat burn Lakers in Christmas showdown

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The Miami Heat gave their   fans some Christmas cheer with a dominating 96-80 victory over   the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday.

No Christmas comeback for Raptors as Pistons win

TORONTO,  (Reuters) – There was no Christmas comeback  for the Toronto Raptors as the Detroit Pistons rolled into the  holiday break with a 115-93 win on Wednesday, ending an  eight-game losing streak on the road.

Bulls beat Wizards to win ninth game in last 10

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Chicago Bulls continued  their rapid ascent through the Eastern Conference by defeating  the injury-depleted Washington Wizards 87-80 Wednesday for  their ninth victory in their last 10 games.

Depleted Bucks batter champion Lakers

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The NBA champion Los   Angeles Lakers were left stunned and humiliated after being   upset 98-79 on their home court by the under-strength  Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Dallas’ Terry hits 19 in final quarter to burn Heat

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Jason Terry scored all 19 of his  points in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks end  Miami’s 12-game winning streak with a 98-96 victory over the  Heat on Monday.   

Hill, Nash help Suns snap Thunder’s win streak

OKLAHOMA CITY, (Reuters) – Grant Hill scored a  season-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds to help the  new-look Phoenix Suns slow the Oklahoma City Thunder with a  113-110 victory on Sunday.

Heat and red-hot James scorch Knicks by 22 points

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The sizzling hot Miami Heat  and their Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh  scorched the New York Knicks 113-91 for their 11th win in a row  Friday at Madison Square Garden.

MIAMI, (Reuters) – The Orlando Magic underwent a   stunning transformation with a pair of blockbuster trades yesterday, acquiring Washington Wizards’ troubled All Star   Gilbert Arenas along with Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson.

Thunder roll over Wolves after late burst

MINNESOTA, (Reuters) – Kevin Durant scored 30 points   and added 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder dug   themselves out of an early hole to stun the Minnesota   Timberwolves 111-103 on Wednesday.

Mavs win 10th straight to close on Spurs

DALLAS, (Reuters) – The Dallas Mavericks registered   a 10th consecutive victory with a 105-100 triumph over the   Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, the win lifting the home   team to within a half-game of the Western Conference lead.

NBA’s Hornets deal protects all teams’ values

DETROIT, (Reuters) – The National Basketball  Association could not sit idly by while the New Orleans  Hornets’ losses mounted and risk a fire sale that would weigh  on the values of all its teams.

Heat build momentum with fifth straight win

MILWAUKEE, (Reuters) – The Miami Heat are starting   to look more like the elite team many envisioned in the   off-season as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 88-78 on   Monday for their fifth straight win.