Garnett, Pierce Back; Celtics Win

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett warms up for his first game since coming back from an injury before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett warms up for his first game since coming back from an injury before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett warms up for his first game since coming back from an injury before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett warms up for his first game since coming back from an injury before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, drives to the basket past Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, drives to the basket past Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, drives to the basket past Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, drives to the basket past Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • With his foot wrapped, Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett watches from the bench during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    With his foot wrapped, Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett watches from the bench during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • With his foot wrapped, Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett watches from the bench during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    With his foot wrapped, Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett watches from the bench during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett pulls down a pass near the rim during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett pulls down a pass near the rim during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett pulls down a pass near the rim during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett pulls down a pass near the rim during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, right, shoots over Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, right, shoots over Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, right, shoots over Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, right, shoots over Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) is stripped of the ball by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) is stripped of the ball by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) is stripped of the ball by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) is stripped of the ball by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, pulls down a rebound over Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, pulls down a rebound over Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett warms up for his first game since coming back from an injury before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett warms up for his first game since coming back from an injury before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, drives to the basket past Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, drives to the basket past Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • With his foot wrapped, Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett watches from the bench during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • With his foot wrapped, Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett watches from the bench during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett pulls down a pass near the rim during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett pulls down a pass near the rim during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, right, shoots over Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, right, shoots over Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) is stripped of the ball by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) is stripped of the ball by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, pulls down a rebound over Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston (ap) — Brandon Bass scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics, helped by the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, beat the Washington Wizards 107-96 last night.

Bass missed his season high by just two points and led the Celtics with eight points in the third quarter, when they hit 75 percent of their shots, outscored Washington 31-19 and stretched a 56-52 halftime lead to 87-71.

They led by at least 10 points the rest of the way to get just their fourth win in 12 games.

Knicks 125, Thunder 120

Oklahoma City — Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final 2 minutes and New York beat Oklahoma City for its 12th straight win.

Smith connected on a 23-foot jumper from the right wing as the 24-second clock expired to put New York up 117-113 with 1:30 to play, then swished a 3-pointer from beyond the 3-point line with 56.8 seconds left that all but sealed New York’s 50th win of the season.

Clippers 109, Lakers 95

Los Angeles — Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the playoff-bound Clippers beat the Lakers to clinch their first Pacific Division title in franchise history against a team that has long overshadowed them.

Chris Paul added 24 points and 12 assists in helping the Clippers sweep the Lakers 4-0 for the first time since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981. The 1974-75 team, known as the Buffalo Braves, had the franchise’s only other sweep of the Lakers.

Cavaliers 91, Magic 85

Cleveland — Alonzo Gee scored 19 points and Cleveland rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando.

Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won two in a row for the first time since Feb. 26-27.

Grizzlies 89, Kings 87

Sacramento, Calif. — Mike Conley scored 25 points, making the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left and leading Memphis over struggling Sacramento.

Memphis made some big plays in the game’s final minute to get the victory, its fifth in six games. The win gave the Grizzlies a four-game sweep of the Kings for the first time in franchise history.

Pistons 99, Bulls 85

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Brandon Knight scored 20 points to help Detroit snap an 18-game losing streak against Chicago.

Jonas Jerebko added 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds for the Pistons, who ended an eight-game home skid.

The Bulls led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter but Detroit gradually caught up and took the lead in the second after starting the period on a 12-4 run.

Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the postseason-bound Bulls, who are fighting to secure the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.