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AP PHOTOBoston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox (44) goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, left, as forward Amir Johnson defends at right during the first quarter of an NBA game in Boston on Wednesday.
AP PHOTOBoston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox (44) goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, left, as forward Amir Johnson defends at right during the first quarter of an NBA game in Boston on Wednesday.
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BOSTON — Kevin Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA’s career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in league history with 15 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 112-88 on Wednesday night.


Garnett needed four points to pass West (25,192 points) and Pierce entered the game nine points shy of tying Charles Barkley (23,757) for 20th.


Garnett hit a bank shot with 10:03 left in the second quarter and received a standing ovation when his milestone was announced during a stoppage a few minutes later. Boston fans returned to their feet again in the third to recognize Pierce, who responded with a salute back to the crowd.


Pacers 107, Timberwolves 91


INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Paul George had 17 points and George Hill added 16 points with six assists to help the Pacers get their second win in three games.


Ricky Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists and Luke Ridnour scored 17 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine of their last 11 games.


Wizards 106, Bucks 93


WASHINGTON — John Wall had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks.


Wall and Wizards coach Randy Wittman appeared to exchange unpleasant words during a timeout late in the third quarter, but Wall rallied with eight fourth-quarter points to hold off the Bucks’ comeback.


It was Wall’s seventh double-double of the season. He also added six rebounds and four steals.


The Wizards (21-42) have won three straight home games and eight of 11 in Washington.


Monta Ellis scored 26 points for the Bucks (32-31).


Hawks 96, Lakers 92


ATLANTA — Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.


Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime but watched his jumper slide off the rim with 3 seconds remaining.


Rockets 111, Suns 81


HOUSTON — Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Houston starters in double figures and the Rockets routed the Phoenix Suns.


James Harden scored 18 and Omer Asik had 14 for the Rockets, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings.


Thunder 110, Jazz 87


OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 23 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 and the Oklahoma City cruised to a victory over the Utah Jazz.


Kevin Martin had 15 points for Oklahoma City, which improved to 25-8 at home. The Thunder led 29-19 after one quarter and 50-28 at halftime.


Gordon Hayward scored 20 points to lead Utah, and Enes Kanter had 12. The Jazz lost for the eighth time in 10 games, but remained one-half game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth place in the West.


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