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 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.
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 last night.
In a month-long election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era, the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released Wednesday with the names Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa on it. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will decide if the three players belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers. Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling also are among the 24 first-time eligible, while Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9
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