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Celts Rally Past Suns

Boston Sinks Phoenix for Fourth Straight Win

  • In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony  (7) and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, center, exchange words after both received technical fouls as Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Knicks' Tyson Chandler look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony said Tuesday, he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, center, exchange words after both received technical fouls as Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Knicks' Tyson Chandler look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony said Tuesday, he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, referee Tony Brothers, left, issues technical fouls to New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The All-Star forwards exchanged words during the game and Anthony clearly was affected. He said Tuesday he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, referee Tony Brothers, left, issues technical fouls to New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The All-Star forwards exchanged words during the game and Anthony clearly was affected. He said Tuesday he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Filmmaker Spike Lee, center, tries to get the attention of Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to the bench in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Filmmaker Spike Lee, center, tries to get the attention of Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to the bench in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) smiles as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures to a referee and guard J.R. Smith (8) walks away after a play in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) smiles as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures to a referee and guard J.R. Smith (8) walks away after a play in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) dunks against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) dunks against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, rear, defends in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, rear, defends in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) defends as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) defends as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) blocks a shot by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) blocks a shot by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2008, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline watches a spring training baseball game between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year," Kaline said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2008, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline watches a spring training baseball game between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year," Kaline said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2008, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline watches a spring training baseball game between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year," Kaline said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2008, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline watches a spring training baseball game between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year," Kaline said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage tips his cap to fans during introduction ceremonies before an old timers baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes," Gossage said. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage tips his cap to fans during introduction ceremonies before an old timers baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes," Gossage said. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage tips his cap to fans during introduction ceremonies before an old timers baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes," Gossage said. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage tips his cap to fans during introduction ceremonies before an old timers baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes," Gossage said. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

  • Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, right, watches the ball after the tipoff against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, right, watches the ball after the tipoff against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony  (7) and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, center, exchange words after both received technical fouls as Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Knicks' Tyson Chandler look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony said Tuesday, he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, referee Tony Brothers, left, issues technical fouls to New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The All-Star forwards exchanged words during the game and Anthony clearly was affected. He said Tuesday he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Filmmaker Spike Lee, center, tries to get the attention of Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to the bench in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) smiles as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures to a referee and guard J.R. Smith (8) walks away after a play in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) dunks against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, rear, defends in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) defends as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) blocks a shot by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • FILE - In this March 18, 2008, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline watches a spring training baseball game between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year," Kaline said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
  • FILE - In this March 18, 2008, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline watches a spring training baseball game between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year," Kaline said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage tips his cap to fans during introduction ceremonies before an old timers baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes," Gossage said. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Richard "Goose" Gossage tips his cap to fans during introduction ceremonies before an old timers baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. For only the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, sending a powerful signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard. "I think the steroids guys that are under suspicion got too many votes," Gossage said. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)
  • Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, right, watches the ball after the tipoff against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston — Jeff Green scored 14 points, rookie Jared Sullinger added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics recovered from a dreadful third quarter with a big rally to start the fourth and held off the slumping Phoenix Suns 87-79 last night.

The Celtics survived a scoring drought that spanned almost half of the third quarter, scoring just 14 in the period before regaining the lead and taking command against the road-weary Suns, who lost their 11th straight away from home.

Jason Terry added 13 points as Boston’s reserves outscored Phoenix’s 47-16. Kevin Garnett was the only Boston starter to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds.

The Celtics (18-17) have won four straight and are back above .500 for the first time in two weeks.

Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Jared Dudley scored 14 while pulling down 10 boards for the Suns, who lost their fourth straight and fell to 2-16 on the road. Luis Scola scored 16 and Goran Dragic finished with 10 points for Phoenix, which gave the Celtics a scare in the third quarter.

The Suns were coming off a 108-99 loss at Milwaukee on Tuesday, when they were outscored 58-43 in the second half and lost their 10th straight on the road.

The outlook wasn’t good after the first half Wednesday with Boston leading 53-41, but the Suns responded with a torrid run early in the third quarter, shutting out Boston for 5:59 while scoring 17 straight. Dudley hit a 3-pointer and Gortat scored six during the spurt, putting back an offensive rebound that gave Phoenix a 56-55 lead with 6:59 left in the period.

Boston fans went silent at first as the big lead dwindled, then started booing as the Celtics continued to struggle. Rajon Rondo finally snapped the scoreless skid on a jumper with 5:42 left in the period, cutting Phoenix’s lead to 58-57. The Celtics hadn’t scored since Garnett’s jumper 19 seconds into the third.

Notes: Rondo returned from a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee and failure to cooperate with a league investigation. He finished with eight points and eight assists. ... Boston coach Doc Rivers was called for a technical late in the third period, then Rondo and Phoenix’s P.J. Tucker drew dual technicals early in the fourth. ... The Celtics opened the game 4 for 11 from the floor and trailed 24-23 at the end of the first quarter, then shot 57 percent in the second quarter while outscoring Phoenix 30-17 in the period. ... The Suns committed seven turnovers in the second quarter ... Sullinger’s previous high for rebounds was 11 against Toronto on Nov 17.

Cavaliers 99, Hawks 83

Cleveland — Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his 33 points in the third quarter and injury-riddled Cleveland beat Atlanta.

Raptors 90, 76ers 72

Toronto — Amir Johnson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Jose Calderon added 14 points and 11 assists, and Toronto beat Philadelphia, handing the slumping 76ers their fifth straight loss.

Jazz 112, Bobcats 102

Charlotte, n.c. — Al Jefferson had 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Jazz beat Charlotte for their fourth win in five games.

Thunder 106
Timberwolves 84

Oklahoma City — Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and Oklahoma City overpowered outmanned Minnesota.

Bucks 104, Bulls 96

Chicago — Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter and the Bucks beat Chicago for their second consecutive victory under interim coach Jim Boylan.

Anthony Suspended

New York — Carmelo Anthony was suspended one game by the NBA for confronting Kevin Garnett after the New York Knicks’ loss to Boston on Monday.

Anthony, who was angry about Garnett’s choice of words during a fourth-quarter altercation, went toward the Celtics’ locker room after the game and later waited for Garnett outside Boston’s team bus.

Love Out 8-10 Weeks

Minneapolis — Kevin Love will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star visited a hand specialist in New York yesterday. It’s the latest major injury to a team that has suffered them all season long.

Love missed the first three weeks of the regular season after breaking his hand in the preseason. He returned faster than most expected, played for about a month and broke two bones in his shooting hand in a game last week against Denver.

Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game after helping Team USA to the gold medal in the London Olympics.