Clippers cruise to 15 in a row...Bearcats unbeaten no more


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers cruised to their NBA-leading 15th straight victory, 106-77 over Boston. Matt Barnes had 21 off the bench to lead to the Clippers, who lead the NBA with a 23-6 mark.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets are in the market for a new coach after firing Avery Johnson after the team had lost 10 of 13 after opening the season 11-4. Assistant P.J. Carlesimo (kar-LIHS'-ih-moh) will coach the team on an interim basis starting with the Nets game against Charlotte tonight.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton won't need surgery on his broken right pinky finger but is expected to be out at least a month after injuring the hand on Christmas Day. He is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, helping the Knicks to a 21-8 start.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke running back Josh Snead fumbled at the Cincinnati 5 with 1:20 left and Brendon Kay threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 44 seconds to go, lifting the Bearcats to an improbable 48-34 win over the Blue Devils. Kay threw for 332 yards and his four TD passes were a Belk Bowl record.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati was erased from the list of unbeaten Division 1 men's basketball teams last night, leaving Duke, Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming the lone unbeaten. New Mexico upset the eighth-ranked Bearcats 55-54, dropping Cincinnati to 12-1.

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