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  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn.  A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.  (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn.  A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.  (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)

  • Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, left, drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, left, drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay (22) shoots the go-ahead basket in the final minute of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. Memphis won 103-100. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay (22) shoots the go-ahead basket in the final minute of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. Memphis won 103-100. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) controls the ball as Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) controls the ball as Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn.  A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.  (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn.  A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.  (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)
  • Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, left, drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay (22) shoots the go-ahead basket in the final minute of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. Memphis won 103-100. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) controls the ball as Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston — Paul Pierce scored 16 points and the Boston Celtics won their second game since losing Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury, beating the Sacramento Kings 99-81 last night.

The Celtics charged to a 59-38 halftime lead as they hit 62.5 percent of their shots. They led by at least 14 points the rest of the way against the team that allowed an NBA-worst average of 103.2 points going into the game.

Boston won despite losing another starter when forward Jared Sullinger left just over four minutes into the game with back spasms and didn’t return. Sullinger was drafted 21st last year by the Celtics, but might have gone higher if he hadn’t suffered back problems at Ohio State.

Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 for the Kings, who had beaten the Celtics 118-96 in Sacramento on Dec. 30 but fell to 5-18 on the road.

The Celtics trailed only once, 24-22 after one quarter and led by 21 at halftime. They were on top 80-56 before layups by Thomas Robinson and Evans cut that to 80-60 after three quarters. A three-point play by Cousins made it 90-76 with 5:44 remaining, but the Kings came no closer.

Courtney Lee started in place of Rondo, who leads the NBA assists and was chosen as the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game next month in Houston.

Rondo was injured late in a 123-112, double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Friday night. Boston won another double-overtime game on Sunday, 100-98 over the Miami Heat, breaking a six-game losing streak, their longest in six seasons. An MRI taken that day showed that Rondo had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Last night, Kevin Garnett scored 13 points and substitutes Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and Jason Terry had 12 each for Boston.

A driving dunk by Evans had given the Kings their only lead with 15.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Then the Celtics hit their first 14 shots of the second. By the time Avery Bradley missed, a layup with 2:29 left in the half, the Celtics had built a 54-36 lead.

Boston had an impressive 16 assists in the first half, even without Rondo. Garnett scored 11 points and Green had 10 as each hit all five of his shots before intermission.

Knicks 113, Magic 97

New York — Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team-record with his 30th straight 20-point game, leading New York over reeling Orlando.

Anthony’s scoring tended to overshadow outstanding games by New York big men Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire who combined for 35 points on 17 of 18 shooting from the field against the Magic, who lost their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.

Pacers 98, Pistons 79

Indianapolis — Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana over Detroit.

David West scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson added 12 points and 11 boards to help the Pacers snap a three game skid.

76ers 92, Wizards 84

Philadelphia — Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Nick Young had 18 and Philadelphia beat Washington.

Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for just the fourth time in 13 games and seventh in 24.

Hawks 93, Raptors 92

Atlanta — Al Horford scored 22 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining, and Atlanta beat short-handed Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points. John Lucas added a season-high 19 points, Alan Anderson had 15 points and Aaron Gray had eight points and 11 rebounds.

Bulls 104, Bucks 88

Milwaukee — Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading Chicago a victory over Milwaukee. Jimmy Butler, a second-year pro from Marquette, had 18 points and five rebounds in a return to the arena where he played college basketball.

Heat 105, Nets 85

New York — LeBron James had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat blew out Brooklyn in the second half.

Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 for the Heat, who outscored the Nets 56-36 in the second half after it was tied at halftime.

Clippers 96, Timberwolves 90

Minneapolis — Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 12 boards to lift Los Angeles over Minnesota.

Caron Butler had 19 points, and Jamal Crawford scored 17 for the Clippers.

Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had coach Rick Adelman on the sideline for the first time since Jan. 5. Adelman missed the previous 11 games while his wife sought treatment for seizures.

Gay Headed to Toronto

Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzlies’ money-motivated makeover.

The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to the Raptors yesterday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference.

The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal that also included Grizzlies backup center Hamed Haddadi, and Memphis then shipped Calderon to Detroit for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince. Memphis general manager Chris Wallace thanked both Gay and Haddaddi for their time with the Grizzlies.