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NBA: Parker goes on injury list with back sprain

Guard Tony Parker is suffering from a back sprain that will keep him from joining the San Antonio Spurs on their upcoming road trip, the National Basketball Association team announced Monday. The 31-year-old Parker, of France, underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed he has a sprained facet joint on the left side of his back. The team gave no timeline for his return. The three-time NBA champion has been named to six league all-star teams and was the 2007 NBA finals most valuable player. The Spurs take on Minnesota on Tuesday and then play in Dallas on Thursday.

Nets 116, Pistons 104

Nets 116, Pistons 104: Shawn Livingston racked up 24 points to help hot-shooting Brooklyn keep pace in the Atlantic Division title race with the win against visiting Detroit. Livingston was the catalyst for the Nets' 60.5-percent performance from the field, connecting on 11-of-14 attempts. Mirza Teletovic knocked down six 3-pointers en route to 20 points while Paul Pierce added 17 as the Nets remained 2 1/2 games back of Toronto for top spot in the division.

76ers 111, Celtics 102

76ers 111, Celtics 102: Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points and handed out six assists to help visiting Philadelphia snap a 13-game road losing streak. Henry Sims had a career-high 24 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Sixers, who have won two of their last four after a 26-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young and Elliot Williams chipped in 15 points apiece for Philadelphia.

Bulls 102, Bucks 90

Bulls 102, Bucks 90: Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich scored 17 points apiece as host Chicago knocked off Milwaukee for its fourth consecutive victory. Carlos Boozer added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Joakim Noah had 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls remained in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors. D.J. Augustin scored 14 points, Taj Gibson added 13 and Mike Dunleavy had 12 for Chicago.

Preview: 76ers at Celtics

The Boston Celtics will attempt to snap a six-game losing streak when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday in a matchup of two teams playing out the string. Boston was crushed 118-92 at Washington on Wednesday, suffering its 10th straight road defeat and continuing to establish itself as one of the worst teams in the franchise's otherwise glorious history. The current edition's .307 winning percentage is the third-lowest all-time for the Celtics.

Bulls complete two-day sweep of Celtics

Bulls complete two-day sweep of Celtics CHICAGO -- The Boston Celtics are nowhere near playoff contention, but the Chicago Bulls struggled to beat them two nights in a row. Forward Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points to lead Chicago to a 94-80 victory over the Celtics on Monday night at the United Center, and the Bulls completed a sweep of the back-to-back set. On Sunday in Boston, the Celtics gave the Bulls all they could handle before falling 107-102.

Preview: Bulls at Celtics

The Chicago Bulls backed into their playoff spot when the New York Knicks lost on Friday but are still in a battle for positioning in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics, who host the Bulls on Sunday, are in a battle for draft position at the bottom of the league. Chicago is a game behind the Toronto Raptors in the battle for third place in the East and is kicking off a home-and-home set with the lowly Celtics.

76ers 123, Pistons 98

76ers 123, Pistons 98: Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as Philadelphia jumped out to a big lead and cruised past visiting Detroit to snap a 26-game losing streak.

Timberwolves roll over Lakers

Timberwolves roll over Lakers MINNEAPOLIS -- One by one, the records, much like the Minnesota Timberwolves jumpers all night, fell. Shooting percentage, points, efficiency. Friday night at Target Center, everything went the Timberwolves' way as they beat up on a banged-up Lakers team 143-107.

Spurs 133, Nuggets 102

Spurs 133, Nuggets 102: Marco Belinelli matched his season high of six 3-pointers during a 27-point effort as San Antonio routed host Denver for its 16th consecutive victory. Tim Duncan added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Spurs extended their Western Conference lead to three games over second-place Oklahoma City. Patty Mills scored 16 points and Kawhi Leonard added 14 as San Antonio moved one victory away from matching the franchise record for consecutive wins, set during the 1995-96 season.
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