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December 21, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson and fellow freshman RJ Barrett led the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils to a 69-58 win over No. 12 Texas Tech. Williamson provided 17 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 3:51 remaining. Barrett has 16 points for the 11-1 Blue Devils, who closed the game on a 16-5 run. The Red Raiders fell to 10-1, losing for the first time since the NCAA regional finals despite Jarrett Culver’s 25 points.

MIAMI (AP) — Chris Paul suffered a strained left hamstring in the second quarter of the Houston Rockets’ 101-99 loss to the Heat in Miami. Paul is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday, but Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says it will be some time before the point guard returns. Josh Richardson scored 22 points and Tyler Johnson added 19 as the Heat stretched their winning streak to a season-high three in a row.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 32 points and the Los Angeles Clippers ended a four-game losing streak by rallying past the Dallas Mavericks, 125-121. Louis Williams had 26 points for the Clippers, who trailed 109-104 with 5:14 left before going on a 15-2 run. Rookie Luka Doncic scored a season-high 32 points for the Mavericks.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Red-hot Bryan Rust scored twice and Casey DeSmith stopped 40 shots in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fourth win in five games, 2-1 over Minnesota. Rust has scored eight goals in his last six games after netting just one in his first 29. Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) set up both goals to help Rust extend his goal streak to four games.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning pulled out a 5-4 win at Calgary on J.T. Miller’s goal in the seventh round of a shootout. Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) made seven of his 34 saves in overtime as Tampa Bay improved to 27-7-2 overall, and 10-0-1 in its last 11. Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn and Dan Girardi scored in regulation for the Lightning.

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