Report: Sixers players grew tired of Doug Collins. Shocking, I know.

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Doug Collins is old school as a coach — long practices, a strong personality, a lot of tough love.

That wears on players. And Collins. There’s a reason he doesn’t last anywhere longer than three years. That includes Philadelphia, where he stepped down as coach after this season.

And not shockingly, the Sixers players were tired of him, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Which is why when looking for a new coach they are looking at guys (Brian Shaw, Mike Malone and others) known for good relationships with players.

All of the candidates – and there are others, according to majority owner Joshua Harris – are a stark departure from former coach Doug Collins, who guided the Sixers to the third-worst winning percentage (.415) in their last 15 seasons before resigning last month.

According to team sources, some of the players became frustrated with Collins’ old-school ways or, as one Sixer said, his “tendency to be overbearing.”

You need to think about this when your team is hiring a coach — is this guys a fit for the kind of team you are building. Some teams need discipline, some need a guy they can relate to and respect more. Depends on the personality of the key people in your locker room. Coaches are not one size fits all.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)