Last Update on December 07, 2013 04:03 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets have followed their season-high, seven-game winning streak with back-to-back losses against Eastern Conference teams with losing records.
Kris Humphries came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points and grab seven rebounds as the Celtics beat the Nuggets 106-98 in Boston. Jordan Crawford had 22 points and eight assists, and Avery Bradley chipped in 18 points to help the Celts improve to 9-12.
The Nuggets never recovered after allowing Boston to score the game's first 14 points.
In other NBA action:
-- Kyle Korver set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, and Al Horford scored 22 points in Atlanta's 108-89 pounding of Cleveland. Korver's 3 midway through the first quarter gave him at least one in a record-90th straight game
-- Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points to lead six Charlotte players in double figures in a 105-88 win over Philadelphia. Kemba Walker added 18 points and a season-high 10 assists to the win.
-- New York put together its second straight blowout win since a nine-game losing streak as Carmelo Anthony provided 20 points and 11 rebounds to the Knicks' 121-83 laugher against Orlando. Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH'-nee) and J.R. Smith each added 17 points for the Knicks, who posted the 38-point victory one night after a 30-point rout of Brooklyn.
-- Milwaukee downed Washington 109-105 in overtime behind Khris Middleton's career-high 29 points. John Henson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who had dropped 13 of 14 before preventing the Wizards from moving over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers fans can circle Sunday on their calendar. That's when Kobe Bryant will make his season debut when the Lakers host Toronto.
The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page Friday indicating Bryant will be back Dec. 8.
Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon. Without him, the Lakers are 9-9 heading into tonight's game at Sacramento.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has fined Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Denver's 97-95 victory over the Knicks last week. Robinson's comments came after he drew a technical foul in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 29 game in Denver.
UNDATED (AP) -- It appears the New York Yankees have lost two position players and kept a pitcher today.
The biggest loss is second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH'), although the Mariners won't confirm an ESPN report that says the five-time All-Star has agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract, pending a physical. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said he wishes Cano the best and hopes he has a long, healthy career, adding that the two sides couldn't get close enough to an agreement. All the Mariners are saying about Cano is that they will make an announcement if and when an agreement is completed and finalized.
Cano has missed only 14 out of 1,120 games since the start of the 2007 season. He's a career .309 hitter who has averaged 24 homers and 97 RBIs per 162-game season.
Another member of this year's Yankees is leaving as well, although he'll be just a few miles from the Bronx. A person familiar with the situation says the New York Mets and free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson have agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract.
Granderson missed much of last season due to wrist and hand injuries, batting .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 61 games for the New York Yankees. But the three-time All-Star averaged 42 homers and 113 RBIs the previous two years in the Bronx, and led the American League with 119 ribbies in 2011.
However, the Yankees announced that pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) will be back for his third season with the team. The 38-year-old Kuroda got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch, finishing 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1/3 innings.
UNDATED (AP) -- Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) is staying with the reigning World Series champs, accepting a two-year, $32 million pact from the Boston Red Sox. Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs this year, his first with the Red Sox.
He tweeted that "The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn't be happier!!"
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have added a veteran to their starting rotation by inking right-hander Scott Feldman to a three-year contract. Feldman was 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 combined starts for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore last season. He pitched in the AL West for Texas from 2005-12 and earned a career-high 17 victories in 2009.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn has been given a new six-year contract worth $3.85 million annually. Athletic director Jay Jacobs made the announcement on the eve of the Tigers' SEC title game clash against Missouri.
Malzahn has led Auburn to an 11-1 season after taking over a team that won three games and lost all eight SEC contests in 2012.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Officials at the University of Washington must have liked something they saw when the Huskies beat Boise State 38-6 earlier this season. To replace the departed Steve Sarkisian, who left to coach at Southern Cal, Washington has announced the hiring of Boise State coach Chris Petersen. He reportedly met with Washington athletic director Scott Woodward Thursday night in Boise.
Petersen was 92-12 in his eight seasons at Boise State, turning the Broncos into a national program with two Fiesta Bowl titles. They were 8-4 this season.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans have begun their first head coaching search in seven years.
Gary Kubiak was let go less than 24 hours after his team was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards in a 27-20 loss at Jacksonville. The Texans' team record-setting 11th consecutive loss dropped them to an NFL-worst 2-11.
Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to back-to-back AFC South titles in 2011-2012, the highlights of his tenure as coach of his hometown NFL team. The dismissal comes one month after he collapsed on the field at halftime and suffered a mini-stroke.
The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- John Fox will coach the Denver Broncos from the sideline and not the booth upon his return Sunday five weeks after heart surgery. Withstanding two days of practice in temperatures around zero degrees this week helped convince Fox and his doctors that he'd be able to handle Sunday's forecast of snow and temperatures in the teens when the Broncos host the Tennessee Titans.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The banged up Cleveland Browns have named a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against New England.
Jason Campbell, who missed a game with a concussion, will start against the Patriots. Brandon Weeden, who replaced Campbell when he was injured, suffered a concussion as well in last week's loss to Jacksonville leaving the team with two untried quarterbacks.
NEW YORK (AP) --Linebackers DeAndre Levy of Detroit, Sean Weatherspoon of Atlanta and Clay Matthews of Green Bay, have all been fined $15,750 by the NFL for on-field incidents.
Levy was fined for a helmet-first hit on Packers tight end Ryan Taylor on Thanksgiving Day. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness. From the same game, Matthews was punished for a helmet hit.
Weatherspooon was docked for leading with his helmet and driving into the chest of Bills quarterback EJ Manuel.
UNDATED (AP) -- In Top-25 college basketball, Ryan Boatright scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack in 12th-ranked Connecticut's 95-68 romp over Miami.
DeAndre Daniels and Omar Calhoun both added 16 points for the 9-0 Huskies, who have won 54 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents. Shabazz Napier scored seven points and had eight assists, becoming the fourth player in school history with at least 1,000 points and 500 assists.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have had their struggles at home this season, but they continue to thrive on the road.
The Wings are 10-3-1 away from Joe Louis Arena following a 3-1 win at New Jersey. The game was tied 1-1 until Johan Franzen scored Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') scored in the final 7:20.
Jonas Gustavsson needed to make just 10 saves to preserve Detroit's fifth victory in six games.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- San Jose enjoyed a 2-0 lead midway through the second period before the Hurricanes rallied to beat the Sharks 5-3 in Carolina. Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner with six minutes left after setting up third-period goals by Riley Nash and Jordan Staal.
-- Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout in 34 months by making 20 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-0 win over Minnesota. R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) each had a goal and an assist for the Jackets, who have their first winning streak since late October.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Temple University says it is cutting seven sports programs in 2014, including baseball, women's rowing and softball, among others. Nine coaches will lose their jobs. The university says the decision to cut the sports, which also include men's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's crew and men's gymnastics, was the result of the school's underfunded athletic department.
The last time Temple cut programs was in 1986, when it eliminated eight sports.