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  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green, front left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green, front left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green, front left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green, front left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) pulls down an offensive rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33), point guard Jose Juan Barea (11) and center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) pulls down an offensive rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33), point guard Jose Juan Barea (11) and center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) pulls down an offensive rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33), point guard Jose Juan Barea (11) and center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) pulls down an offensive rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33), point guard Jose Juan Barea (11) and center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) passes the ball against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) passes the ball against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) passes the ball against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) passes the ball against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green, front left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green, front left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) pulls down an offensive rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33), point guard Jose Juan Barea (11) and center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) pulls down an offensive rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33), point guard Jose Juan Barea (11) and center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) passes the ball against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) passes the ball against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reaches for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston — Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-94 last night in Rajon Rondo’s return from a two-game suspension.

The Celtics improved to 10-0 since they acquired Garnett from the Timberwolves during the summer of 2007. They also won for the 11th straight time against Minnesota.

Boston went 1-1 without Rondo, suspended for his role in a scuffle during a game against the Brooklyn Nets last week.

Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce scored 18, Jason Terry 17 and Brandon Bass 12.

Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic had 14 with nine boards.

Minnesota went just 6 for 19 from 3-point range one night after hitting a season-high 13 3s in a win over Philadelphia.

Boston, which led by seven entering the final quarter, scored 11 of the initial 14 points in the fourth and opened a 90-75 lead on Terry’s 3 from the left wing with 7:50 to play. The Timberwolves went nearly 5 minutes without a basket.

The Celtics maintained between a 14 and 12-point lead over the next 3 minutes, keeping the Timberwolves from making a run by nailing a handful of free throws before a spinning, crowd-pleasing basket by Rondo made it 100-85 with 3½ minutes left.

The Celtics used a 9-0 run over 2 minutes to open a 67-61 lead on Terry’s 3-pointer midway into the third.

Minnesota, coming off a 17-point win in Philadelphia on Tuesday, scored the last five points of the half to grab a 51-47 edge at the break.

The Celtics opened the game 10 for 13, but cooled off late in the first quarter, missing six of their last nine shots and trailed 30-27 after one.

Love headed to the bench early when he picked up his second foul — both on offense — with 2:27 left in the first quarter.

Lakers 103, Hornets 87

New Orleans — Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid.

Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.

Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20.

Warriors 104, Pistons 97

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and Golden State pulled away to beat Detroit.

The Warriors, starting a seven-game road trip against the Eastern Conference, snapped Detroit’s five-game winning streak at home. Golden State has won two straight games in Detroit after losing 25 of 29.

Knicks 100, Bobcats 98

Charlotte, n.c. — J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give New York a victory over Charlotte.

The Bobcats appeared in position to win late in the game after a miss by Raymond Felton with 14 seconds left, but rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made an ill-advised pass and Smith intercepted it.

After a timeout, Smith drove to the left side and hit an 18-footer over Kidd-Gilchrist.

Pacers 99, Blazers 92

Indianapolis — Paul George scored 22 points to help Indiana beat Portland.

George Hill added 18 points and David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (10-9) , who have won four of five and moved above .500 for the first time since a 2-1 start.

Indiana, the league leader in scoring defense, held the Blazers to 43 percent shooting.

Damian Lillard led Portland (8-11) with 23 points. Wesley Matthews scored 19, LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Indiana outscored Portland 31-14 in the third quarter to take control. The Trail Blazers made a push in the fourth but could get no closer than four.