National Sports Briefs: Celtics snap losing streak

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 12, 2009

Associated Press
TORONTO ó Ray Allen scored a season-high 36 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics withstood a late Toronto rally to beat the Raptors 94-88 on Sunday afternoon, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Allen finished 8-for-10 from 3-point range, making his first six attempts.
Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists and Kevin Garnett added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 11 points for Boston, which had lost seven of nine coming in.
Suns 109, Clippers 103
LOS ANGELES ó Amare Stoudemire overcame early foul trouble to score 26 points, Jason Richardson and Grant Hill each had 21, and the Phoenix Suns sent the Los Angeles Clippers to their 11th straight loss. Shaquille O’Neal had 15 points and 10 rebounds, including a critical three-point play with 2:05 remaining.
76ers 109, Hawks 94
ATLANTA ó Andre Iguodala scored 27 points as Philadelphia beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-94 on Sunday for their first four-game winning streak of the season.
Warriors 120, Pacers 117
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Jamal Crawford scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left in a pell-mell fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors snapped their five-game losing streak with a thrilling 120-117 victory.
Kings 102, Mavericks 95
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó Kevin Martin scored 21 points, Francisco Garcia had seven during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and the Sacramento Kings ended their five-game losing streak.
Magic 105, Spurs 98
SAN ANTONIO ó Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Jameer Nelson had eight of his 22 in the final two minutes.
CHAPEL HILL ó Rashanda McCants scored 16 points and second-ranked North Carolina dominated overtime to beat N.C. State 75-66 and give coach Sylvia Hatchell her 800th career victory on Sunday.
Hatchell became the fourth coach to reach 800 wins, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and C. Vivian Stringer. Hatchell improved to 800-274 in 34 seasons, with 528 of those victories coming in 23 seasons in Chapel Hill.
– NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó Jessica Mooney led five Commodores in double figures with 15 points, and 24th-ranked Vanderbilt beat No. 7 Tennessee 74-58 on Sunday for only their seventh win all-time in this interstate rivalry.
Tennessee (12-3, 1-1 SEC) has simply dominated this series between schools separated by 190 miles along Interstate 40, winning the last 16 and 52 of the first 58 by the Lady Vols’ count. This loss keeps coach Pat Summitt stuck on 995 wins as she closes in on 1,000 for her career.
SYDNEY, Australia ó Serena Williams overcame a glaring mistake by the chair umpire and a partisan crowd to win her first match of the season, a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory over Australian Samantha Stosur on Sunday at the Sydney International.
ATLANTA ó Braves manager Bobby Cox said Saturday night he hopes the club will sign Japanese star Kenshin Kawakami to shore up its depleted rotation.
Media outlets reported the Braves had reached a preliminary agreement with the 33-year-old right-hander.
KAPALUA, Hawaii ó Geoff Ogilvy has opened the PGA Tour season with a six-shot victory in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, overcoming a choppy start at Kapalua by closing with a 5-under 68.
CHICAGO ó Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves, and Dustin Byfuglien, Dave Bolland and Martin Havlat scored to help the Chicago Blackhawks snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
Oilers 2, Blues 1
EDMONTON, Alberta ó Dwayne Roloson made 21 saves, and Sam Gagner scored the winning goal and also had an assist for Edmonton.
Ducks 4, Devils 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Chris Kunitz scored twice in the third period for Anaheim, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 18 saves for his first win since Dec. 14.