NBA Roundup: Celtics win again
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ATLANTA ó Kevin Garnett scored 10 of his 18 points in the final quarter, and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson missed a late free throw that would have tied it, helping the Boston Celtics beat the Hawks 88-85 on Wednesday night for their 16th straight victory.
After Johnson missed with 2.7 seconds, Ray Allen made a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds left for the defending NBA champion Celtics, who have a franchise-best 24-2 record. It was only the second loss in 10 home games for the Hawks.
In the only other game this season between the two, the Celtics beat Atlanta 103-102 on Nov. 12 in Boston on Paul Pierce’s last-second basket.
Pierce added 18 points, and Allen had 16 for the Celtics.
Johnson led Atlanta with 20 points.
Hornets 90, Spurs 83
NEW ORLEANS ó Chris Paul set an NBA record with a steal in his 106th straight regular-season game and had 19 points and 12 assists to lead New Orleans.
Paul broke Alvin Robertson’s NBA mark ó which stood since 1986 ó when he deflected and quickly corralled an attempted pass by Tony Parker late in the second quarter.
Jazz 103, Nets 92
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists, and Utah overcame a seven-point first quarter.
Mehmet Okur had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Paul Millsap added 18 points and 12 rebounds in his 13th straight double-double.
Vince Carter scored 32 points for New Jersey.
Cavaliers 93, T’wolves 70
MINNEAPOLI ó LeBron James scored 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting, and Cleveland sent Minnesota to its 11th straight loss.
Bulls 115, Clippers 109, OT
CHICAGO ó Derrick Rose converted a decisive three-point play in overtime, and Ben Gordon had a four-point play with 20.5 seconds left in regulation for Chicago.
76ers 93, Bucks 88
PHILADELPHIA ó Lou Williams matched his career high with 25 points, Andre Miller added 19 and Philadelphia overcame the loss of forward Elton Brand.
Pacers 127, Warriors 120
INDIANAPOLIS ó Danny Granger scored 17 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, made all 17 of his free throws and had 11 rebounds and six assists for Indiana.
Mavericks 96, Raptors 86
TORONTO ó Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Terry also scored 27 points for Dallas.
Josh Howard added 20 points for Dallas in his first start since Nov. 18.
Pistons 88, Wizards 74
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Allen Iverson scored 28 points, and Rodney Stuckey added 18 points and matched his career high with 11 assists in Detroit’s third win in a row.
Mike James scored 16 and Antawn Jamison 14for Washington.
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