Celtics hand Spurs second straight loss
BOSTON — Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-103 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.
It's the first time this season that the Spurs (29-6), who still have the best record in the NBA, have lost back-to-back games.
Ray Allen scored 31 for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left and the Celtics up by two. After a timeout, Manu Ginobili worked down the clock and put up a shot that was blocked by Paul Pierce and pulled down by Rondo for his 10th rebound.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis had 23 points — one short of a career high — playing in place of an injured Kevin Garnett. Rondo's 22 assists were the second-most in his career.
Ginobili had 24 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which was coming off a 128-115 loss at New York on Tuesday night.
Lakers 99, Suns 95
At Phoenix, Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and four other Los Angeles players reached double figures as the Lakers held off Phoenix.
Jared Dudley led the Suns with 21 points, including three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the boards 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end.
Andrew Bynum scored 14 for Los Angeles, Shannon Brown had 13, Lamar Odom 12 and Ron Artest 11, including a wide-open 3 with 1:30 to play after Phoenix had cut the lead to one.
Steve Nash had 11 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. Vince Carter scored 14 but his extra-long 3-point attempt was blocked by Gasol in the final minute.
Magic 97, Bucks 87
At Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Orlando held off the injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks for its seventh straight victory.
Milwaukee lost for the seventh time in 10 games, trudging on without three of its five top scorers in guard Brandon Jennings (broken left foot), guard Carlos Delfino (concussion symptoms) and forward Drew Gooden (plantar fasciitis in his left foot).
Orlando avenged an 11-point loss at Milwaukee on Dec. 4 in which it played without Howard, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick, who were all sidelined by the flu.
The Magic led by as many as 19 before their lead was cut to 84-79 on a jumper by John Salmons with 4:06 remaining. A basket by Howard and 3-pointer by Hedo Turkoglu got the lead back to 10 and helped the Magic secure the win despite shooting just 5 of 22 from beyond the arc.
Corey Maggette led Milwaukee with 21 points.
Nets 96, Bulls 94
At Newark, N.J., Sasha Vujacic made the tiebreaking basket with 5.3 seconds left and New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Chicago.
With the game tied at 94, Nets guard Devin Harris appeared to be attempting a lob pass to center Brook Lopez, but the ball was knocked to Vujacic, who put it in for his 13th point. Derrick Rose then missed a long jumper and Chicago's five-game winning streak was over.
Kris Humphries responded to a demotion with a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Harris finished with 18 points and 11 assists for the Nets.
Rose had 21 points but just one assist for the Bulls, who lost for only the third time in 17 games.
76ers 109, Wizards 97
At Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 26 points, and Philadelphia returned from its longest road trip of the season to beat Washington.
Elton Brand had 17 points to help the Sixers avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first home team to lose to the Wizards this season. Washington is 0-17 on the road.
The Sixers lost the first two games of the season series at Washington in overtime by a combined three points.
Nick Young scored 21 points for the Wizards, and John Wall had 18 points and 14 assists.
Raptors 120, Cavaliers 105
At Cleveland, Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points, Leandro Barbosa added 22 and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists to help Toronto end an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland.
Calderon scored 20 points and Julian Wright 15 for Toronto, which snapped a three-game skid and won for just the fourth time in 16 games. The Raptors trailed by 15 after one, but had little trouble coming back against the getting-worse-by-the-day Cavs, who have lost eight straight and 18 of 19.
Antawn Jamison scored 32 for Cleveland, outscored 94-69 over the final three quarters.
Hawks 110, Jazz 87
At Salt Lake City, Joe Johnson scored 28 points, making five of seven 3-pointers, and Jamal Crawford added 26 off the bench as Atlanta beat Utah.
The victory was the third straight on the road for Atlanta, which avenged a 90-86 loss Nov. 12 at home to the Jazz.
Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko each had 19 points to lead the Jazz, who were without second-leading scorer Paul Millsap because of a bruised hip.
The Hawks hurt the Jazz with 3-pointers, hitting 14 of 25 on the night, including a halfcourt buzzer-beater that Crawford banked in for a 55-41 halftime lead.
Warriors 110, Hornets 103
At New Orleans, Monta Ellis scored 29 points and Golden State rallied past New Orleans.
Trailing by 10 after three quarters, the Warriors went on a 27-7 run in the first 7 minutes of the fourth to go ahead 99-89, then hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory after the Hornets got within two.
Stephen Curry had 21 points for Golden State.
Chris Paul led New Orleans with 24 points, one off his season high, but was scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter. He also had 13 assists, but was on the bench at the start of the fourth when Golden State got back in the game.
Bobcats 108, T'wolves 105, OT
At Minneapolis, Tyrus Thomas had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Charlotte rallied from eight points down in the final 3 minutes to pull out an overtime victory against Minnesota.
D.J. Augustin scored eight points in the final 2:08 of regulation to tie the game and the Bobcats snapped a nine-game road losing streak without leading scorers Stephen Jackson (knee) and Gerald Wallace (ankle).
Kevin Love had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Michael Beasley had 28 points and 12 boards for the Wolves, who turned the ball over five times in overtime to let another fourth-quarter lead slip away.
After missing 11 of his first 12 shots, Augustin scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. He hit two 3-pointers and made two free throws to tie the game in regulation.
Clippers 106, Nuggets 93
At Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers, to help Los Angeles snap Denver's four-game winning streak.
Blake Griffin had 22 points and 18 rebounds to tie a franchise record with his 22nd consecutive double-double, hours after the NBA announced he would participate in the Feb. 19 slam dunk contest at his home arena during All-Star weekend.
DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and tied a career high with 20 rebounds for the Clippers.
Los Angeles outrebounded the Nuggets 57-43 to halt a four-game losing streak against Denver.
Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and Chauncey Billups added 25 for the Nuggets, who took their only lead early in the first quarter.