76ers deck East-leading Celtics­

The 76ers’ Spencer Hawes beats the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett down the court to slam in two of his 14 points. Boston’s shooting went cold in the fourth quarter.

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The 76ers’ Spencer Hawes beats the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett down the court to slam in two of his 14 points. Boston’s shooting went cold in the fourth quarter.

PHILADELPHIA — Spencer Hawes had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Elton Brand scored 14, and the 76ers beat the Celtics 89-86 on Friday night.

The 76ers led by 10 and controlled the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics for most of the fourth quarter.

The Celtics missed eight straight baskets over a six-minute span late in the fourth to lose only their eighth conference game of the season.

Lou Williams' jumper near the five-minute mark put the 76ers ahead 83-81, and they never trailed again. Jodie Meeks made two free throws after he was hammered by Paul Pierce on a fastbreak attempt, and the 76ers came away with one of their biggest wins of the season.

It was an off night for Boston's Big Three: Kevin Garnett scored 14, Pierce had 11 and Ray Allen five. Jeff Green led Boston with 18 points.

Game highlights: Stephen Jackson scored 18 of his 29 in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead three-point play, and the host Bobcats beat the Trail Blazers 97-92 to spoil Gerald Wallace's return to Charlotte. The last original member of the 7-year-old franchise and its only All-Star, Wallace was traded last month for role players and draft picks. Wallace had 13 points and nine rebounds. … Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 29, Ed Davis had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Raptors beat the Pacers 108-98, Indiana's fifth straight loss in Toronto. The Pacers lost their sixth straight overall. … Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmar each scored 24, combining for all eight of New Jersey's points in overtime, and the host Nets rallied to beat the Clippers 102-98 for their fourth straight victory.

Van Gundy gets hint

OAKLAND, Calif. — Commissioner David Stern might have finally muzzled Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, for now.

Van Gundy, when asked about Stern, said before Friday's game against the Warriors, "I've been told I can't comment," without elaborating.

Van Gundy was defending Dwight Howard after the Magic's All-Star center picked up a suspension for reaching 16 technical fouls, saying, "this is the system David Stern and his minions like." He also insinuated that Stern was acting like dictators who don't "tolerate other people's opinion or free speech or anything."

Stern, who fined Van Gundy $35,000 in January for criticizing officials, said he wouldn't fine him again but would speak to Magic ownership.

Irked Bryant works OT: The Lakers' Kobe Bryant had 24 points on a poor shooting night (8-for-21) in a 94-88 loss to the host Heat on Thursday, and he was still so angry about it 30 minutes afterward that he returned to the court and shot 3-pointers and jumpers for about an hour. "It's my job," Bryant said. "This is what you're supposed to do if you're not feeling comfortable with something and you feel like you can tweak some things."

tech rescinded: The NBA rescinded Amare Stoudemire's latest technical foul, making him eligible to play in the Knicks' next game. Stoudemire was whistled for what would have been his 16th of the season Thursday vs. Dallas. The Mavs' Brendan Haywood, who was also hit with a tech, also had his rescinded after a review by the league office. Players are suspended one game once they've reached 16.

Around the league: The Hornets' Chris Paul (mild concussion) went through a full scrimmage without restrictions and said he hoped to be in the lineup tonight. … Knicks season-ticket prices will increase an average of 49 percent next season, MSG said. … Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (sprained left knee) returned to practice, but he isn't set to play yet. … Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (sprained left ankle) missed the game against the Hawks, but forward Luol Deng (bruised left thigh) started. Boozer is day to day. … Celtics coach Doc Rivers expects Glen Davis (strained left patella tendon) to return Sunday vs. Milwaukee. Rivers said Delonte West (sprained right ankle) was doubtful to play vs. the Bucks.

76ers 89, Celtics 86

BOSTON (86): Pierce 4-7 3-4 11, Garnett 5-13 4-4 14, Krstic 6-15 4-6 16, Rondo 6-12 0-0 12, Allen 2-11 0-0 5, Pavlovic 1-2 0-0 2, Green 7-14 2-2 18, Arroyo 1-3 4-4 6, Bradley 0-1 0-0 0, Murphy 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-79 17-20 86.

PHILADELPHIA (89): Iguodala 5-11 1-2 13, Brand 6-14 2-4 14, Hawes 6-10 1-2 14, Holiday 4-13 1-2 9, Meeks 3-7 4-4 12, Turner 0-3 4-4 4, Young 4-10 3-4 11, Speights 2-4 0-0 4, Williams 3-8 2-3 8. Totals 33-80 18-25 89.

Boston 22 23 23 18— 86

Philadelphia 25 24 23 17— 89

3-Point GoalsBoston 3-11 (Green 2-4, Allen 1-3, Arroyo 0-1, Pavlovic 0-1, Pierce 0-2), Phi. 5-13 (Iguodala 2-3, Meeks 2-4, Hawes 1-2, Williams 0-1, Holiday 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 50 (Krstic 15), Phi. 53 (Hawes 10). AssistsBoston 24 (Garnett, Pierce, Rondo 5), Phi. 22 (Iguodala 8). Total FoulsBoston 16, Phi. 10. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second. A20,614.

Raptors 108, Pacers 98

INDIANA (98): Granger 7-17 8-8 25, Hansbrough 7-15 6-8 20, Hibbert 2-5 0-1 4, Collison 5-11 2-3 13, George 4-10 1-1 10, McRoberts 3-4 1-1 7, Rush 2-5 0-0 5, Price 2-7 2-2 7, Foster 1-1 0-2 2, D.Jones 2-3 1-1 5. Totals 35-78 21-27 98.

TORONTO (108): J.Johnson 6-6 1-2 13, Davis 5-6 2-3 12, Bargnani 1-13 6-8 8, Calderon 5-10 3-3 13, DeRozan 7-13 2-4 16, Evans 0-0 1-4 1, Weems 3-5 0-2 7, Dorsey 1-1 0-0 2, Barbosa 12-21 3-4 29, Bayless 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 43-81 18-30 108.

Indiana 27 21 25 25— 98

Toronto 32 30 21 25— 108

3-Point GoalsIndiana 7-15 (Granger 3-5, Collison 1-1, Price 1-2, George 1-3, Rush 1-4), Toronto 4-16 (Barbosa 2-4, Weems 1-1, Bayless 1-3, Calderon 0-1, DeRozan 0-1, Bargnani 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 40 (Hansbrough, Granger, George 7), Toronto 59 (Evans 16). AssistsIndiana 18 (Collison 7), Toronto 25 (Calderon 8). Total FoulsIndiana 24, Toronto 23. TechnicalsGranger, Toronto defensive three second. A14,726.

Bobcats 97, Blazers 92

PORTLAND (92): Batum 6-11 0-0 13, Aldridge 6-17 3-5 15, Camby 0-3 0-0 0, Miller 7-12 1-1 15, Matthews 7-11 3-4 20, Wallace 4-8 2-4 13, Fernandez 1-5 0-0 2, Roy 4-11 0-0 9, Mills 2-4 0-2 5. Totals 37-82 9-16 92.

CHARLOTTE (97): Jackson 10-25 6-6 29, Diaw 2-4 0-0 5, Brown 1-4 3-4 5, Augustin 4-12 7-8 16, Henderson 4-12 4-4 12, Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, Cunningham 5-6 1-2 11, Livingston 0-1 1-2 1, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, White 6-9 4-4 16. Totals 33-77 26-30 97.

Portland 25 20 25 22— 92

Charlotte 22 23 19 33— 97

3-Point GoalsPortland 9-27 (Wallace 3-6, Matthews 3-6, Mills 1-2, Batum 1-3, Roy 1-4, Miller 0-1, Aldridge 0-1, Fernandez 0-4), Charlotte 5-12 (Jackson 3-7, Diaw 1-1, Augustin 1-2, Henderson 0-1, Thomas 0-1). Fouled OutWallace. ReboundsPortland 49 (Camby 11), Charlotte 51 (Jackson 10). AssistsPortland 23 (Miller 9), Charlotte 17 (Augustin 5). Total FoulsPortland 27, Charlotte 17. A18,176.

Nets 102, Clippers 98, OT

L.A. CLIPPERS (98): Gomes 1-5 0-2 2, Griffin 9-18 5-8 23, Jordan 4-6 0-0 8, M.Williams 3-17 3-3 9, Foye 8-16 1-1 19, Kaman 11-17 1-2 23, Aminu 3-7 1-2 8, Bledsoe 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 1-3 1-2 3, Moon 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 41-91 12-20 98.

NEW JERSEY (102): Vujacic 2-10 2-2 6, Humphries 8-8 3-3 19, Lopez 10-21 4-7 24, Farmar 9-17 1-2 24, Morrow 4-12 0-0 9, Gaines 4-8 0-0 9, Outlaw 4-8 0-0 9, Gadzuric 0-0 0-2 0, Petro 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 1-2 0-0 2, Uzoh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-88 10-16 102.

L.A. Clippers 26 25 16 27 4— 98

New Jersey 14 23 31 26 8— 102

3-Point GoalsClippers 4-17 (Foye 2-5, Moon 1-1, Aminu 1-2, Bledsoe 0-1, Gomes 0-3, M.Williams 0-5), New Jersey 8-22 (Farmar 5-11, Outlaw 1-1, Gaines 1-2, Morrow 1-4, Vujacic 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsClippers 56 (Kaman 10), New Jersey 54 (Humphries 20). AssistsClippers 22 (Foye 7), New Jersey 21 (Farmar 7). Total FoulsClippers 19, New Jersey 17. TechnicalsHumphries, New Jersey defensive three second. A18,711.

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