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February 19. 2013 9:18PM
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BOSTON — Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and the Boston Celtics won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia, beating the 76ers 92-79 on Saturday night.


Paul Pierce finished with 13 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists and collected nine rebounds, one night after his first triple-double of the season. Rondo had just seven points.


Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 22 points and Evan Turner scored 13. The 76ers have lost three of four.


Philadelphia won Friday when Turner hit the go-ahead basket in the lane with 3.9 seconds left in overtime and Rondo missed a game-ending shot after he slipped along the left baseline.


The Celtics led by 20 at halftime, but what looked like a rout quickly tightened late in the third quarter.


Boston led 65-44 before the 76ers scored 13 straight points over a 2:54 stretch. Turner had a pair of baskets and Jrue Holiday nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing, but the Celtics scored the final five points of the quarter and led 70-57 entering the final 12 minutes.


They pushed the lead back to 18 points midway into the fourth and coasted to the win.


Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said before the game that Celtics starters Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry had played a large amount of minutes in their careers and there was no way his team should be more tired than Boston. Celtics coach Doc Rivers first agreed that he's right, but later joked that he might tell his players.


It sure looked like he did and they took it personally.


Boston held the 76ers to a season-low 28 points in the first half, seemed to contest nearly every shot and held a 20-point lead at halftime. Philadelphia shot 23 percent (9 of 39) in the first half.


The Celtics, who shot 52 percent in the first quarter, led 24-16 after one.


Boston led 30-20 in the second before going on a 15-4 run over a six-minute stretch. Pierce scored five in the spree and Terry nailed long 3.


Philadelphia was at its worst in the second quarter, scoring a season-low 12 points for a quarter and shooting a miserable 14 percent (3 of 21).



Spurs 132, Hornets 102


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danny Green scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand the Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight defeat.


Green was 7 of 9 from 3-point range and the Spurs shot 56 percent from behind the arc.


Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists as the Spurs won for the ninth time in 10 games to push their record to 17-4.


Green and Parker were a combined 18 of 22 from the field.


Parker scored 11 points in the third quarter and Green had eight as the Spurs pulled away and were never challenged after that point.


Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 23 points and Gerald Henderson chipped in with 13.


Clippers 117, Suns 99

LOS ANGELES — Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix, winning their fifth in a row while sending the Suns to their season-worst sixth straight loss.


Blake Griffin added 24 points, and Chris Paul had 16 points and 11 assists. Crawford made all four of his free throws to extend his streak to 55 in a row since Nov. 3.


Michael Beasley scored 21 points off the bench, and Shannon Brown added 19 for Phoenix, which hadn't lost six in a row since March 3-12, 2009.


The Clippers broke out in the final quarter after not leading by more than seven points through the first three periods. And they did it with their reserves, who scored every point.


Warriors 101, Wizards 97

WASHINGTON — David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Klay Thompson added 23 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards for their third straight road win.


Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors, who won the first three games of a road trip for the first time since February, 2003.


Golden State is 13-7, the first time it's been six games over .500 since the end of the 2007-08 season.


On Friday, the Warriors won at Brooklyn in coach Mark Jackson's homecoming, and they followed it with a close victory over the Wizards (2-15).


Jordan Crawford had 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, tying a season high for points and assists. Bradley Beal scored 17 points, Kevin Seraphin and Cartier Martin both had 14.


Heat 106, Hornets 90

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists, and the Miami Heat snapped a two-game slide by topping the New Orleans Hornets.


Chris Bosh scored 13, and Ray Allen and Shane Battier each added 11 for Miami, which took control by outscoring the Hornets 33-10 over the final 11 minutes of the first half. New Orleans started the game 10 for 12 from the floor, then shot 9 for 31 over the rest of the half.


Ryan Anderson scored 24 for New Orleans, which got 20 from Robin Lopez and 12 from Jason Smith.


Miami shot a season-best 58 percent and turned 19 New Orleans turnovers into 22 points.


Pistons 104, Cavaliers 97

CLEVELAND — Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in six days with a 104-97 win on Saturday night.


The Pistons, who won for just the second time in 12 road games this season, took control with a run that began late in the third quarter and carried into the fourth period.


Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points while Jason Maxiell added 11 for the Pistons, who defeated the Cavaliers 89-79 on Monday in Auburn Hills, Mich.


Jeremy Pargo scored 24 points for Cleveland, which has lost five straight, nine of 10 and 15 of 17.


Bulls 93, Knicks 85

CHICAGO — Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng scored 22 points apiece as the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks, snapping New York's five-game winning streak.


Belinelli scored 15 points in the first quarter, while Deng had 10 in the fourth, giving the Bulls their first three-game winning streak of the season.


Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.


Raymond Felton led the Knicks with 27 points, matching his season high set on Thursday in a victory at Miami. However, Felton was just 9 for 30 from the field, exceeding his career high for field-goal attempts by six shots.


Hawks 93, Grizzlies 83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Josh Smith had 24 points, Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies.


Al Horford had 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which won for the ninth time in its last 10 games. Jeff Teague finished with 13 points and six assists.


Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 18 points apiece, Randolph grabbing 13 rebounds as Memphis lost at home for only the second time this season. Rudy Gay scored 17 points, but was 7 of 25 from the field. Mike Conley finished with 12 points.


Mavericks 116, Rockets 109

HOUSTON — O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Rockets in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench.


James Harden had 30 points at halftime, but the Mavericks slowed him down in the second half. He scored just nine points in the second half.


McHale rejoined the team on Saturday after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter.


Chris Kaman added 20 points for Dallas, and Vince Carter and Darren Collison had 12 apiece.




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