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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Sean Miller called it a typical November game.For his 10th-ranked Wildcats, that meant another blowout over an overmatched opponent.Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points to lead six Arizona players in double figures in Arizonas 95-65 rout of Sacred Heart on Friday night.Fellow freshman Rawle Alkins added 18 points for the Wildcats (3-0). They led by as many as 25 points in the first half and 39 in the second.Arizonas Dusan Ristic had 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.Quincy McKnight had 22 points -- 20 in the second half -- and Joseph Lopez 15 for the Pioneers (1-2).November is a month of learning, Miller said. Players are learning, theyre learning each other, theyre learning our system, but the coaching staff is learning on what kind of combinations of players work well, who can do what, what we need to teach and do a better job of.The game was part of the Las Vegas Invitational, as is Monday nights game against Northern Colorado. The Wildcats move on to Las Vegas to play Santa Clara next Thursday.If a team plays four games in a tournament, it gets an extra game on its schedule.The much bigger, quicker Wildcats never trailed turned the game into a blowout in a hurry, despite having a miserable night from 3-point range.The Wildcats were 1 for 15 on 3s before Markkanen made two in a row late in the second half.Miller said the Wildcats are just now learning how good the Finnish freshman Markkanen is on offense.There were times when he was open and the ball didnt find him, Miller said. Then all of a sudden it did and he went on his own personal 8-0 run. ... Lauris efficient. Hes not going to take bad shots. That was about as easy of a 22-point night as Ive seen.Miller noted his team committed seven turnovers, just one in the first half. Point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright didnt have a turnover in his 30 minutes on the court.A pair of Arizona newcomers got the McKale Center crowd rocking with some high-flying plays.In consecutive plays, freshman Kobi Simmons had a backcourt steal and two-handed dunk and junior college transfer Keanu Pinder knocked the ball away in Sacred Hearts backcourt and got the dunk on a lob pass from Parker Jackson-Cartwright at the other end, and Arizona led 43-18 with 4:17 left in the first half.Ristic had 10 rebounds in the first half, one shy of his career-best for a game. The Wildcats led 49-25 at the break.Sacred Heart coach Anthony Latina lamented his teams 17 turnovers, which resulted in 25 Arizona points.When you play a team that good, you cant give them free points and we did, he said. Now, fortunately we dont play a team that good the rest of the year, unless we make the NCAA Tournament.BIG PICTURESacred Heart lost last seasons league MVP Cane Broome, who transferred to Cincinnati. The Pioneers have some talent but nowhere near enough to stay with Arizona on the road.The Wildcats did what they are supposed to do. They wont really have a challenge until the Las Vegas Invitational matchups next week, when they face Santa Clara and either the winner or loser of the Butler-Vanderbilt game.PAC-12 POUNDINGSIt was the first meeting between the schools and the first for Sacred Heart against a Pac-12 team since playing Washington on Dec. 22, 2004. The Pioneers lost that one 114-55.The Wildcats pounded a Northeast Conference team for the fourth time in the last five seasons.They beat Bryant 100-60 in the 2011-12 season, Farleigh-Dickenson 100-50 in 2013-14 and Mount St. Marys 78-55 in 2014-15.SHAQ IN THE HOUSENBA great Shaquille ONeal was one of those in the crowd at sold-out McKale. He was in town for a visit by his son Shareef. The younger ONeal, a 6-foot-8 junior forward at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, is a five-star recruit. Baylor and UCLA also are chasing him.UP NEXTSacred Heart: The Pioneers make the second and final stop on their trip west when they play at Santa Clara Monday night.Arizona: The Wildcats complete a three-game home stand against teams from lesser conferences when they face Northern Colorado on Monday night. Charles Harris Youth Jersey. The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. Cordrea Tankersley Jersey. Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. http://www.shopdolphinsauthenticnfl.com/Youth-Charles-Harris-Elite-Jersey/. -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. 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Other than that, most of Miamis biggest problems were self-inflicted.And the Boston Celtics reaped the benefits.Thomas scored 23 points before getting ejected, Avery Bradley added 20 and the Celtics led by 22 points in the first half before hanging on to beat the Heat 105-95 on Sunday night.I thought we answered their runs well, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. You knew they were going to come. ... Thats a hard-playing team.Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help the Celtics beat Miami for the fifth consecutive time.Were playing well, Horford said. It shows we can close out games on the road.Miami turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 24 Boston points. And the Heat went 6 for 14 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, 14 for 25 in the game to further cement themselves as the NBAs worst free-throw-shooting team this season.Every time we had an opportunity, we coughed it up right as the momentum would shift, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Thats one of our most inefficient games of the year.Goran Dragic led all scorers with 31 points for Miami. Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds, all but one of those rebounds coming in the second half.Thomas was ejected with 3:02 left for elbowing Winslow in the face, bloodying the Heat forward and being assessed with a flagrant-2 after a review.Winslow needed sutures postgame, but said he didnt think Thomas had intent. Neither did Stevens.(Referee) Tony Brothers didnt think it was a flagrant-2 but he has to go with what they say, Thomas said. Im happy we won but Im disappointed that they kicked me out. Theres no reason for that.Winslow missed both resulting free throws -- part of that season-long Miami problem -- but the Heat seemed sparked nonetheless.Inn just over a minute after Thomas ejection, the Heat had what was a 12-point deficit down to 97-93.ddddddddddddDragic connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:04 remaining and Tyler Johnson added a free throw not long afterward.But the Heat got no closer.Weve got to figure out a way to get that second-half intensity in the first half, Winslow said.TIP-INSCeltics: Bostons 22-point lead was the biggest deficit the Heat have faced at home this season. Utah led Miami by 21. The Celtics also led by 19 at Miami earlier this season. ... Former Heat guard Gerald Green (sore left hip) was sidelined. ... The Celtics turned Miamis first five turnovers into 12 points.Heat: Dragic was 5 for 6 on 3s. ... Wayne Ellington (hamstring) was out. His absence made Josh Richardson a starter, giving Miami its ninth lineup. ... Dion Waiters (groin) missed his 12th consecutive game. ... Whitesides third block gave him 457 with Miami, passing Joel Anthony for No. 4 in team history.ROAD WARRIORSLater this week, Boston will wrap up a stretch where 18 of its first 29 games came on the road. No team in the NBA has played fewer home games than the Celtics so far; Sacramento has also played 11, and San Antonio played its 12th on Sunday. Its part of it. Youve got to play 41 road games. Were playing a lot of ours early, Stevens said.NOT FREEThe Heat are on pace for the worst free-throw shooting season in franchise history. Sundays 14 for 25 effort dropped Miamis season percentage to .662. The 2004-05 Heat shot .672 for the franchise low mark.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Memphis on Tuesday, as a three-game trip continues.Heat: Host Orlando on Tuesday, the next-to-last game in a six-game homestand. 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