Bulls Sink Celtics in OT
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) knocks Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, left, out of the way as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston — Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls extended their Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics 100-99 last night.
Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday. They haven’t lost since April 2011.
Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points for Boston before fouling out with 1:16 to play in overtime.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and Paul Pierce passed former Celtics star Robert Parish for 22nd on the NBA’s career scoring list by chipping in 13 points. Pierce has 23,342 points and Parish 23,334.
Brandon Bass added 13 points for Boston, which lost for the second time in eight games.
Richard Hamilton had 20 points for the Bulls, who have won four of five.
Jason Terry’s jumper pushed Boston ahead 99-98 in OT before Belinelli’s game-winner just to the left of the foul line.
The teams traded leads twice in the opening 3 minutes of overtime before Terry’s 3-pointer from the right corner gave Boston a 93-92 lead with 1:57 to play. Butler had a basket on the other end to move the Bulls back in front and, after Boston missed on the offensive end, Rondo was called for a loose ball foul, sending Butler to the line. He nailed both, making it 96-93 with 1:16 left.
The Bulls had another three-point lead, 98-95, after Belinelli’s two free throws with 51 seconds to go. Pierce hit two from the line and Boston forced a 24-second violation, setting it up for Terry’s go-ahead jumper from the right side with 12.5 seconds to play.
But Belinelli nailed his off-balance jumper. Courtney Lee’s long shot at the buzzer caromed off the backboard as the horn sounded.
Kirk Hinrich’s jumper with 2 seconds left for Chicago sent the game to overtime.
In regulation, Rondo’s long jumper from the right wing gave Boston an 86-84 edge, but Boozer hit one free throw after being fouled by Pierce on a baseline drive with 23 seconds left.
Bobcats 106, Magic 100
Orlando, Fla. — Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, and Gerald Henderson added 17 points as Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Bobcats evened the season series with the Magic and now return home for four consecutive games, beginning with Sacramento tonight.
Pacers 105, Rockets 95
Indianapolis — Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20, leading Indiana past Houston.
The Pacers (25-16) have won 11 straight home games — their longest streak since winning 14 in a row in 2002-03.
Nets 94, Hawks 89
New York — Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and Brooklyn beat Atlanta to earn a split of a home-and-home series.
Brook Lopez added 20 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a 109-95 loss in Atlanta on Wednesday that snapped their seven-game winning streak.
76ers 108, Raptors 101 (ot)
Philadelphia — Jrue Holiday had a career-high tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of Philadelphia’s points in overtime, and the 76ers overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat Toronto.
Grizzlies 85, Kings 69
Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 19 points, Marc Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak.
Suns Coach Out
Phoenix — The Phoenix Suns said the team and coach Alvin Gentry “mutually agreed to part ways.”
Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record. His 2010 squad, led by Steve Nash, went 54-28 and advanced to the Western Conference finals.
But Nash left and the team underwent what has been a disastrous rebuilding effort. The Suns have lost 13 of 15 and four straight at home. Their 98-94 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night snapped the Bucks’ 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.
The Suns’ 13-28 record is the worst in the Western Conference and fourth-worst in the NBA. Only Cleveland, Charlotte and Washington are worse.
The Suns said in a news release that an interim coach would be named within the next 24 to 48 hours.