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Lakers, Celtics win…Bucks, Rockets, Jazz prevail…Swearinger back with Cardinals

UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics earned Christmas Day wins, although the Lakers finished without LeBron James in a 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors. Kyle Kuzma scored a team-high 19 points for the Lakers, who managed to complete the win after James left with a strained left groin about four minutes into the third quarter. In Boston, Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 40 points as the Celtics knocked off Philadelphia, 121-114.

UNDATED (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a game-high 30 points and a team-best 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Knicks, 109-95 in New York. The Houston Rockets made it seven wins in their last eight games as James Harden poured in 41 points in a 113-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. And Rudy Gobert’s 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks helped the Utah Jazz beat Portland for the second time in five days, 117-96.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have claimed safety D.J. Swearinger off waivers from the Washington Redskins, one day after he was let go for criticizing defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Swearinger reportedly blamed the game plan for the Redskins’ loss to the Titans in Tennessee on Saturday and was critical of the play calling earlier this year. The 27-year-old Swearinger played 20 games for the Cardinals and has four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 64 tackles this year.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – A person with knowledge of the MRI results tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay’s season is over after tests showed he sustained major damage to his right wrist in Monday’s loss at Oakland. It also appears unlikely he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl next month after becoming the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl selection. Lindsay finishes the season with 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns.

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin has announced his retirement, saying at a news conference that he made the decision after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. The decision comes amid an investigation by Austrian police of 10 members of Russia’s biathlon team for doping and fraud offenses allegedly committed around the 2017 world championships in Austria. Prosecutors said those accused have been formally notified that they are under investigation but prosecutors did not name the suspects.

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