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  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay goes in for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay goes in for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay goes in for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay goes in for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, right, celebrates with Quincy Acy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, right, celebrates with Quincy Acy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, right, celebrates with Quincy Acy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, right, celebrates with Quincy Acy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Aaron Gray, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Aaron Gray, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry as players warm up for an NBA basketball game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry as players warm up for an NBA basketball game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry as players warm up for an NBA basketball game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry as players warm up for an NBA basketball game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) slams a dunk as he passes Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Green had 17 points in the Celtics' 97-84 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) slams a dunk as he passes Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Green had 17 points in the Celtics' 97-84 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay goes in for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay goes in for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, right, celebrates with Quincy Acy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, right, celebrates with Quincy Acy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Aaron Gray, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry as players warm up for an NBA basketball game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay, left, talks with guard Kyle Lowry as players warm up for an NBA basketball game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) slams a dunk as he passes Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Green had 17 points in the Celtics' 97-84 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Boston Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a 97-84 win last night over the Orlando Magic, who lost their eighth straight game.

Pierce had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter. Garnett finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who learned earlier in the day that promising rookie Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season following back surgery.

The short-handed Celtics also lost All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo this week, yet won their third straight and got back to .500 at 23-23.

Courtney Lee had 14 points and five assists for Boston. Jeff Green scored 17 points.

J.J. Redick had 15 points and five assists and Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Orlando, which is dealing with injury problems that rival those of the Celtics. The Magic were without their top two scorers in Aaron Afflalo (calf) and Glen Davis (broken left foot), then lost point guard Jameer Nelson to a bruised left forearm. Nelson, who averages 7.4 assists and is third on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, did not play in the second half.

The depleted Magic still managed to push the Celtics through much of the game, taking advantage of 15 turnovers and some shaky free throw shooting as Boston went 9 for 14 from the foul line.

Orlando had been chipping away at the lead in the third quarter, pulling to 57-54 on E’Twaun Moore’s three-point play with 5:04 left in the period. Boston slowly rebuilt the lead with a few short runs, then broke open the game in the fourth when the weary Magic wilted defensively.

Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa scored 12 each for the Celtics, who had six players in double figures.

Raptors 98, Clippers 73

Toronto — Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors.

Amir Johnson had 19 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also scored 19 as Toronto welcomed Gay with a winning effort two days after he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that also included Detroit.

Pacers 102, Heat 89

Indianapolis — David West scored 30 points and Paul George added 15 last night, leading Indiana over Miami.

The Pacers (28-19) have won 13 in a row at home and two straight overall since losing three straight on the road. Indiana and the New York Knicks are the only teams in the league to beat the defending NBA champs twice this season.

Miami (29-14) was led by LeBron James with 28 points and Dwayne Wade with 17 — and this time the Heat were beaten at their own game.

76ers 89, Kings 80

Philadelphia — Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead Philadelphia over Sacramento.

Nick Young scored 20 points to help the Sixers win consecutive games for the first time since they had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25-30.

Nets 93, Bulls 89

New York — Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Bulls.

Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had nine of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets’ first 20 points. A starter didn’t score until Joe Johnson’s 3-pointer gave Brooklyn an 86-80 lead with 2 minutes to play.

Johnson finished with 13 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a loss to Miami on Wednesday by beating another top Eastern Conference team.

Pistons 117, Cavaliers 99

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and Detroit never trailed.

Greg Monroe added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who played without newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon.

Knicks 96, Bucks 86

New York — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Knicks extended their winning streak to four games.

J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down 20 rebounds in New York’s fourth straight win over Milwaukee.

Grizzlies 85, Wizards 76

Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated Washington.

Marc Gasol added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while Tony Allen and Jerryd Bayless finished with 11 points each.

The game marked the first appearance for Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye, acquired in a three-team trade this week that sent Memphis’ leading scorer, Rudy Gay, to Toronto.