Celts down 76ers for 14th straight win

BOSTON — Ray Allen scored 22 points, and Paul Pierce recovered after missing his first seven shots to score 11 in the second half and lead the Boston Celtics to their 14th straight victory, 84-80 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Shaquille O'Neal had 13 points and nine rebounds, but he missed two free throws with 1:02 left and Boston nursing a two-point lead. Philadelphia had two chances to tie it, but Andre Iguodala slipped and turned the ball over the first time and then had his shot blocked by Kevin Garnett the next.

Allen hit a pair of free throws with 5.6 seconds left to ice it.

Spurs 109, Nuggets 103

At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal scored 22 points apiece, and San Antonio beat Denver — playing without All-Star Carmelo Anthony because of the death of his sister — for its 10th straight victory.

The Spurs reached their second double-digit winning streak already this season and improved their NBA-best record to 25-3. It ranks among the 11 best starts to a season in NBA history.

Jazz 112, Timberwolves 107

At Minneapolis, Al Jefferson had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks against his former team and Utah coach Jerry Sloan moved into sole possession of third place on the career victories list.

Kevin Love had 25 points and 19 rebounds and Michael Beasley added 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves have lost seven straight games.

Bulls 87, Wizards 80

At Washington, Carlos Boozer scored 30 points and Derrick Rose added 25 to help Chicago beat Washington for its ninth victory in 10 games.

Boozer also had 10 rebounds and a season-high seven assists to go with his second 30-point performance this season. The Bulls are 9-3 since Boozer returned after missing the first 15 games with a broken hand.

Knicks 112, Thunder 98

At New York, Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points, Wilson Chandler added 21, and New York ran past Oklahoma City to snap a three-game losing streak.

Rookie Landry Fields had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who took advantage of an Oklahoma City team that appeared to leave its legs in Charlotte after a victory Tuesday night.

Pistons 115, Raptors 93

At Toronto, Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 35 points, Rodney Stuckey had 21 and Detroit beat Toronto to snap a five-game losing streak against the Raptors.

The Pistons fell one point shy of matching a season high and ended an eight-game road skid.

Hawks 98, Cavaliers 84

At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 23 points in his best game since his return from elbow surgery to lead Atlanta past Antawn Jamison and Cleveland.

Rockets 97, Clippers 92

At Los Angeles, Kevin Martin scored 28 points, including four free throws in the final 16 seconds, and Houston nearly blew an 18-point lead in the second half before holding on for its fourth straight victory.

Hornets 105, Nets 91

At New Orleans, Emeka Okafor had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul added 12 points and 14 assists, and New Orleans. shot 53.9 percent and made eight of 16 3-point attempts.

David West and Marcus Thornton each scored 18 points and Marco Belinelli had 14 for the Hornets.

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