C’s Take 5th in Row
Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, left, goes after a loose ball Toronto Raptors' Andrea Bargnani looks on during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Toronto — Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game by beating the Toronto Raptors 99-95 last night.
Courtney Lee added 15 points, Leandro Barbosa had 14, Avery Bradley 11 and Brandon Bass 10 as the Celtics remained unbeaten since losing guard Rajon Rondo to a season-ending knee injury.
Garnett scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics rallied from a 10-point deficit to snap a two-game skid in Toronto. Boston had lost three of its last four in Canada.
The victory also ended a three-game road losing streak for the Celtics, who had dropped 11 of 14 away from home.
Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 25 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Kyle Lowry scored 17 and Amir Johnson had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
Andrea Bargnani returned after missing 26 games with a torn ligament in his right elbow to score 13 points for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also had 13, making five of 16 field goal attempts.
Trailing 79-69 to begin the fourth, Boston tied it with a 10-0 run to start the quarter. Barbosa completed a three-point play, Garnett hit a layup, Jason Terry made a pull-up jumper and Garnett tied it with a three-point play of his own.
Alan Anderson stopped the run with a layup but the Celtics reclaimed the lead when Barbosa hit a 3-pointer, then was fouled while making a layup on the next possession. Barbosa missed the free throw, but Boston led 86-85 with 5:50 to go.
Pierce made two from the line and Garnett followed with a layup, giving the Celtics a 90-85 edge with 4:02 left.
Notes: Toronto F Landry Fields (back spasms) missed his second straight game. ... The Raptors went 13-13 without Bargnani. ... Boston had at least five players score in double figures for the fourth straight game. ... The Celtics host the Lakers tonight.
Heat 114, Rockets 108
Miami — LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 points and eight assists, and Miami Heat held off Houston.
Shane Battier scored 12, Norris Cole added 10 and Udonis Haslem grabbed 13 rebounds for Miami, which moved to 20-3 at home.
Cleveland — Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in just three quarters, rookie Dion Waiters added 19 and the Cavaliers didn’t overlook a team with a worse record than their own, rolling over Charlotte.
It would have been easy to take the lowly Bobcats (11-37) for granted, but Cleveland came out energized from the start, built a 33-point lead after three quarters and sent Charlotte to its 11th loss in 13 games.
Pacers 88, 76ers 69
Philadelphia — Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana over Philadelphia.
The Central Division-leading Pacers won their third game in three nights. The only team to play back-to-back-to-back games this season showed no signs of weariness.
Clippers 86, Magic 76
Orlando, Fla. — Eric Bledsoe had 27 points, including 19 in the second half, and Los Angeles used a big third quarter to secure a win over Orlando.
The victory ended a three-game losing streak for Los Angeles, which has three games remaining on its eight-game road trip.
Wizards 106, Knicks 96
Washington — John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Trevor Ariza scored 20 points and Washington broke the Knicks’ five-game winning streak.
Oklahoma City — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 and Oklahoma City throttled travel-weary Golden State to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks.
Nets 93, Pistons 90
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Brook Lopez had 17 points, and Brooklyn won at Detroit for the first time since 2006. Will Bynum’s tying 3-point attempt from the right corner was short in the final seconds.
Hawks 103, Grizzlies 92
Atlanta — Jeff Teague had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, Josh Smith added 19 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta beat Memphis.
Al Horford finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hawks snap a two-game skid.