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Banged-up Boston runs past Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ray Allen and Glen Davis scored 16 apiece Saturday night and the Celtics overcame a thin front line with smothering defense in cruising to their 10th straight victory, 93-62 over the listless Bobcats.

Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 11 rebounds and sat out the fourth quarter as the Celtics weren't threatened.

Boston played its second straight game without Shaquille O'Neal, who was resting his sore right calf. With Jermaine O'Neal (knee) still sidelined and Kendrick Perkins (knee surgery) out until February, rookie Semih Erden started at center.

It didn't matter, not with the Celtics allowing no more than 16 points in any quarter. The Bobcats shot 34 percent and committed 22 turnovers in an ugly effort, punctuating a disappointing start.

Nazr Mohammed scored 14 and Stephen Jackson added 13 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, who got miserable performances by Gerald Wallace and D.J. Augustin in their second straight loss.

The Bobcats barely avoided their worst offensive performance in team history as the Celtics continued to keep surging Miami at a distance atop the Eastern Conference.

Erden, the 7-footer from Turkey, helped the cause with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Wallace, who made his first All-Star game last season, never got going. He had nine points on 2-of-15 shooting with a combination of bricked jumpers, missed layups and rejections in the lane.

Augustin missed all eight shots, had just one assist and committed four turnovers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Josh Smith took care of his sore hamstring then took care of the Pacers, scoring 21 to lead the host Hawks past Indiana 97-83. Smith was treated for cramping in his right hamstring before the game. He had consecutive three-point plays late in the fourth quarter, each time after the Pacers got within seven. … Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds against his former team as the host Grizzlies defeated the Clippers 84-83 after Baron Davis missed an 18-footer at the buzzer.

Late Friday: Orlando's losing streak hits four

SALT LAKE CITY — Deron Williams scored a season-high 32 late Friday to help Utah defeat Orlando 117-105, the most points the slumping Magic has allowed all season.

CJ Miles scored 19 of his season-high 26 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz. Jameer Nelson scored 19 and Brandon Bass had 18 in the Magic's season-high fourth straight loss.

"I just think we let them take it to us, instead of taking it to them," Nelson said.

Williams scored 16 in the third quarter as the Jazz opened a commanding lead.

"Deron Williams took a close game and took it over in the second half. He dominated us," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Williams sparked an 11-2 run that ended with his pass to Andrei Kirilenko for a 3-pointer that gave the Jazz an 82-69 lead with 2:47 left in the third.

HEAT 106, WARRIORS 84: Dwyane Wade had 34 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and LeBron James added 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the visiting Heat won its season-best seventh straight, 106-84 over the Warriors.

Celtics 93, Bobcats 62

BOSTON (93): Pierce 1-9 6-8 8, Garnett 6-10 1-2 13, Erden 3-6 4-4 10, Rondo 3-5 0-0 7, Allen 4-11 6-6 16, Davis 6-12 4-6 16, Daniels 4-7 0-0 10, Wafer 1-3 2-2 5, Robinson 2-5 0-0 6, Harangody 0-0 0-0 0, Bradley 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 31-71 23-28 93.

CHARLOTTE (62): Wallace 2-15 4-6 9, Diaw 2-2 1-2 5, Mohammed 7-11 0-0 14, Augustin 0-8 0-0 0, Jackson 6-12 1-4 13, K.Brown 2-7 1-4 5, McGuire 1-1 3-3 5, Livingston 2-4 2-2 6, Najera 0-4 0-0 0, Carroll 2-5 0-0 4, D.Brown 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 24-71 13-23 62.

Boston 20 22 22 29— 93

Charlotte 16 16 15 15— 62

3-Point GoalsBoston 8-21 (Daniels 2-3, Robinson 2-4, Allen 2-4, Rondo 1-1, Wafer 1-3, Davis 0-1, Pierce 0-5), Charlotte 1-11 (Wallace 1-4, Augustin 0-2, Najera 0-2, Jackson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 55 (Garnett 11), Charlotte 47 (K.Brown 9). AssistsBoston 21 (Rondo 8), Charlotte 17 (Jackson 7). Total FoulsBoston 21, Charlotte 24. A19,603 (19,077).

Hawks 97, Pacers 83

INDIANA (83): Granger 3-14 8-8 14, McRoberts 3-7 0-0 7, Hibbert 3-14 0-0 6, Collison 3-7 1-1 8, Dunleavy 6-8 0-0 16, Ford 4-8 2-2 10, Rush 5-9 2-2 14, S.Jones 0-1 1-2 1, Posey 1-4 0-0 2, Hansbrough 0-2 0-0 0, Foster 1-2 0-0 2, Price 1-5 1-1 3. Totals 30-81 15-16 83.

ATLANTA (97): Williams 4-6 1-2 10, Smith 6-13 9-10 21, Horford 7-20 2-4 16, Bibby 1-4 0-0 3, Evans 1-4 0-0 2, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Ja.Crawford 7-16 9-11 25, Wilkins 2-3 1-2 5, Powell 3-3 2-2 8, Teague 2-4 3-3 7, Pachulia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 27-34 97.

Indiana 14 21 25 23— 83

Atlanta 16 32 27 22— 97

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-28 (Dunleavy 4-6, Rush 2-4, Collison 1-2, McRoberts 1-4, Ford 0-1, Price 0-3, Posey 0-3, Granger 0-5), Atlanta 4-12 (Ja.Crawford 2-5, Bibby 1-2, Williams 1-2, Evans 0-1, Smith 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 44 (Dunleavy 9), Atlanta 55 (Horford 16). AssistsIndiana 19 (Collison 5), Atlanta 25 (Horford 8). Total FoulsIndiana 24, Atlanta 21. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second 2, Atlanta defensive three second. A14,131 (18,729).

Grizzlies 84, Clippers 83

MEMPHIS (84): Gay 5-12 1-2 12, Randolph 9-20 0-0 18, Gasol 6-11 5-5 17, Conley 3-14 0-0 7, Henry 0-0 2-2 2, Arthur 1-4 2-2 4, Mayo 5-11 2-4 13, Vasquez 1-1 0-0 3, Young 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 3-5 2-3 8. Totals 33-79 14-18 84.

L.A. CLIPPERS (83): Aminu 0-0 0-0 0, Griffin 9-18 1-2 19, Jordan 5-9 0-0 10, Bledsoe 0-5 0-0 0, Gordon 7-15 9-10 25, Davis 3-8 0-0 6, Gomes 2-6 0-0 6, Cook 5-8 0-0 13, Butler 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-72 10-12 83.

Memphis 19 22 22 21— 84

L.A. Clippers 27 20 19 17— 83

3-Point GoalsMemphis 4-11 (Vasquez 1-1, Mayo 1-1, Gay 1-3, Conley 1-4, Randolph 0-1, Allen 0-1), L.A. Clippers 7-14 (Cook 3-5, Gomes 2-2, Gordon 2-5, Bledsoe 0-1, Davis 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 41 (Randolph 13), L.A. Clippers 50 (Jordan 14). AssistsMemphis 20 (Conley 8), L.A. Clippers 25 (Bledsoe 6). Total FoulsMemphis 19, L.A. Clippers 18. TechnicalsGasol, Griffin. A14,970 (19,060).

Raptors 120, Pistons 116

TORONTO (120): Weems 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 3-4 0-1 6, Bargnani 8-13 2-2 22, Bayless 10-12 10-12 31, DeRozan 7-12 2-3 16, Davis 1-3 1-2 3, Dorsey 1-1 1-2 3, Kleiza 4-6 2-2 11, Barbosa 8-13 3-3 22, Wright 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 44-70 23-29 120.

DETROIT (116): Prince 5-11 2-3 12, Maxiell 1-2 1-2 3, Wallace 10-13 2-4 23, Stuckey 8-17 7-8 23, Hamilton 5-13 0-0 11, Monroe 4-6 2-4 10, McGrady 2-4 2-2 6, Gordon 3-7 0-0 7, Villanueva 7-14 0-0 17, Bynum 2-2 0-0 4, Daye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-89 16-23 116.

Toronto 28 25 30 37— 120

Detroit 29 43 27 17— 116

3-Point GoalsToronto 9-14 (Bargnani 4-6, Barbosa 3-4, Kleiza 1-1, Bayless 1-2, DeRozan 0-1), Detroit 6-16 (Villanueva 3-9, Wallace 1-1, Hamilton 1-1, Gordon 1-3, Stuckey 0-2). Fouled OutVillanueva. ReboundsToronto 37 (Bayless, Johnson, Davis, Bargnani 5), Detroit 44 (Wallace 14). AssistsToronto 22 (Barbosa, Bayless 7), Detroit 30 (Stuckey 12). Total FoulsToronto 18, Detroit 25. A13,343 (22,076).

Banged-up Boston runs past Charlotte 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 10:28pm]

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