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  • Nets prevail in heated contest

  • BOSTON — Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 95-83 on Wednesday night after Rajon Rondo was ejected following a fight.
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  • BOSTON — Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 95-83 on Wednesday night after Rajon Rondo was ejected following a fight.
    The Celtics point guard was tossed after he shoved Kris Humphries to retaliate for the Nets forward's hard foul against Kevin Garnett. Humphries and Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace were also ejected for their roles in the second-quarter skirmish.
    Garnett had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 14 points for Boston. Rondo had three assists before he was kicked out, ending his streak at 37 games with double-digits. That is tied for second-longest in NBA history.
    The Nets led by 21 in the second half and never less than nine in the fourth quarter.
    Thunder 120, Rockets 98
    At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat Houston in James Harden's first game back at Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded by the Thunder before the season.
    Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.
    Harden missed his first nine shots, and by the time he made one, the Rockets were down by double digits in the second half. They never got closer than 10 after that.
    Bulls 101, Mavericks 78
    At Chicago, Luol Deng had 22 points and six rebounds to lead Chicago over Dallas.
    Five players scored at least 11 points to help the Bulls (7-7) beat the Mavericks for the fourth straight time.
    Nate Robinson added 14 points and six assists for Chicago, and fellow reserve Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 13, including 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line.
    Grizzlies 103, Raptors 82
    At Memphis, Tenn., Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis beat Toronto for its third straight win.
    Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph finished with 17 points apiece, while Randolph added 13 rebounds and six assists. Mike Conley had 16 points, going 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and Rudy Gay added 14 as the Grizzlies maintained the best record in the NBA (11-2).
    Knicks 102, Bucks 88
    At Milwaukee, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead New York past Milwaukee.
    Anthony, who sat out the fourth quarter, was 9 of 18 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes. The second-leading scorer in the NBA has scored at least 29 points in his last four games, including 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-89 overtime loss at Brooklyn on Monday.
    Jason Kidd missed his second game in a row for New York with lower back spasms.
    Clippers 101, Timberwolves 95
    At Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and Los Angeles welcomed Chauncey Billups back to the lineup for the first time this season.
    Billups had eight points and three assists in 20 minutes as the Clippers ended a four-game losing streak. The five-time All-Star, beginning his 16th NBA season, was sidelined for more than nine months after tearing his left Achilles' tendon on Feb. 6 in a 107-102 victory at Orlando.
    Pistons 117, Suns 77
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
    Detroit is 5-3 since opening 0-8. The Pistons led 55-44 at halftime and then broke the game open when the Suns came unglued in the third quarter. Phoenix picked up four technical fouls in the third and trailed by as many as 44 in the fourth.
    Rodney Stuckey added 18 points for Detroit. Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince contributed 12 each, and Greg Monroe had nine points and eight rebounds.
    Hawks 94, Bobcats 91
    At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help Atlanta beat Charlotte for its sixth straight victory.
    Josh Smith and Lou Williams also had 17 points apiece for the Hawks.
    Spurs 110, Magic 89
    At Orlando, Fla., Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and San Antonio raced past Orlando for its fifth straight win.
    Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
    Jazz 96, Hornets 84
    At New Orleans, Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms and Utah won its second straight game by defeating New Orleans.
    Paul Millsap scored nine of his 16 points during a dominant third quarter for Utah, and Gordon Hayward had 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz overcome one last New Orleans surge.
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