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Celtics squash Rockets' streak

The Celtics’ Kevin Garnett fouls Luis Scola during the first quarter of the Rockets’ first loss in 23 games.

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The Celtics’ Kevin Garnett fouls Luis Scola during the first quarter of the Rockets’ first loss in 23 games.

HOUSTON — The shots stopped falling, Boston's stars took over and just like that, the Rockets' 22-game winning streak was history.

Kevin Garnett scored 22 and Paul Pierce 20 as the Celtics beat the Rockets 94-74 on Tuesday night, stopping Houston's remarkable victory run.

The Rockets hadn't lost since 97-89 to the Jazz on Jan.  27 and put together the NBA's second-longest winning streak. It ended 11 victories shy of the 1971-72 Lakers, who won 33 in a row.

Houston suffered its second loss in 28 games and its fourth since a 97-93 loss in Boston on Jan.  2, a game Tracy McGrady sat out with a knee injury. The Rockets also lost for the first time in 11 games since Yao Ming went out with a season-ending foot injury Feb.  26.

Luis Scola scored 15 for Houston, which had a 15-game home winning streak snapped. Only the 1985-86 Rockets, who won 20 straight at the Summit, had a longer home streak in franchise history. McGrady, the former Magic star, had eight assists and seven rebounds but only eight points on 4-for-11 shooting.

Reserve Leon Powe added 21 points for the Celtics, who have won 13 of their past 14 games, the past three without All-Star guard Ray Allen, who's out with a sore left ankle.

The Rockets go for their 13th straight road win in New Orleans tonight.

BOSTON (94): Pierce 7-15 4-4 20, Garnett 9-21 4-4 22, Perkins 3-4 0-0 6, Rondo 4-12 0-0 8, T.Allen 2-5 2-2 6, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, Posey 0-1 0-0 0, Powe 8-12 5-7 21, Cassell 1-6 0-0 2, House 2-6 0-0 5, Davis 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 38-88 15-17 94.

HOUSTON (74): Battier 1-4 2-2 5, Scola 6-12 3-6 15, Mutombo 1-3 0-0 2, Alston 4-13 2-2 12, McGrady 4-11 0-2 8, Hayes 1-4 0-0 2, Harris 6-10 0-2 12, Head 1-6 0-0 2, Jackson 3-5 0-0 6, Novak 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 2-2 4-4 10. Totals 29-70 11-18 74.

Boston 21 19 32 22— 94

Houston 22 18 16 18— 74

3-Point GoalsBoston 3-12 (Pierce 2-6, House 1-2, Garnett 0-1, T.Allen 0-1, Posey 0-1, Cassell 0-1), Houston 5-19 (Brooks 2-2, Alston 2-7, Battier 1-3, McGrady 0-1, Harris 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Head 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 57 (Garnett 11), Houston 43 (Scola 8). AssistsBoston 18 (Pierce 5), Houston 16 (McGrady 8). Total FoulsBoston 19, Houston 17. TechnicalsRondo, Alston, Houston defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Scola. A18,525 (18,500).

Lakers 102, Mavericks 100

DALLAS — Kobe Bryant scored 29 and Vladimir Radmanovic 10 of his 21 in the final quarter, giving the Lakers just enough to hold off the Mavericks. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

L.A. LAKERS (102): Radmanovic 8-13 1-2 21, Odom 5-15 7-8 17, Turiaf 4-12 3-4 11, Fisher 3-10 2-3 8, Bryant 12-23 3-6 29, Farmar 1-3 0-0 2, Walton 2-8 4-4 8, Vujacic 2-4 1-2 6, Mbenga 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-89 21-29 102.

DALLAS (100): Jo.Howard 6-14 7-10 19, Nowitzki 11-23 10-12 35, Dampier 2-3 2-2 6, Kidd 0-3 1-2 1, Stackhouse 2-6 3-4 7, Bass 0-4 2-2 2, Terry 6-10 5-6 19, Allen 1-3 0-0 2, Lue 2-3 0-0 5, George 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 32-72 30-38 100.

L.A. Lakers 28 31 18 25— 102

Dallas 21 17 27 35— 100

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 7-19 (Radmanovic 4-7, Bryant 2-4, Vujacic 1-2, Odom 0-1, Walton 0-1, Fisher 0-4), Dallas 6-17 (Nowitzki 3-6, Terry 2-5, Lue 1-1, Jo.Howard 0-1, Kidd 0-1, George 0-1, Stackhouse 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 55 (Odom 17), Dallas 53 (Nowitzki 11). AssistsL.A. Lakers 20 (Bryant 7), Dallas 15 (Kidd 7). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 20, Dallas 22. TechnicalsWalton, Dallas defensive three second. A20,534 (20,468).

Heat 112, Bucks 106

MILWAUKEE — Jason Williams and Ricky Davis had double doubles, Chris Quinn hit three crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Heat snapped an 0-for-March streak. Miami had lost eight in a row.

MIAMI (112): Davis 5-10 2-2 14, Marion 3-8 2-2 8, Blount 3-8 0-0 6, J.Williams 5-15 6-7 21, Cook 5-7 0-2 12, Barron 6-15 3-4 16, Quinn 6-6 2-2 17, Anthony 3-3 3-8 9, Jones 4-6 0-1 9. Totals 40-78 18-28 112.

MILWAUKEE (106): Mason 4-9 0-3 8, Villanueva 4-13 0-0 8, Gadzuric 3-8 0-1 6, M.Williams 8-15 10-13 26, Redd 6-14 11-12 27, Ruffin 6-8 2-6 14, Bell 5-13 1-2 15, Yi 0-2 0-2 0, Ivey 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 36-83 26-41 106.

Miami 24 20 28 40— 112

Milwaukee 26 24 27 29— 106

3-Point GoalsMiami 14-25 (J.Williams 5-9, Quinn 3-3, Davis 2-4, Cook 2-4, Barron 1-1, Jones 1-2, Blount 0-1, Marion 0-1), Milwaukee 8-21 (Redd 4-8, Bell 4-8, M.Williams 0-2, Villanueva 0-3). Fouled OutDavis. ReboundsMiami 55 (Marion 12), Milwaukee 55 (Ruffin 16). AssistsMiami 33 (Davis, J.Williams 10), Milwaukee 22 (M.Williams 11). Total FoulsMiami 28, Milwaukee 22. A13,379 (18,717).

Pistons 136, Nuggets 120

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Richard Hamilton scored 24 and Rasheed Wallace 21 for the Pistons, who scored a season-high 73 in the first half, getting at least four from 10 players.

DENVER (120): Anthony 8-15 9-12 27, Martin 7-11 2-3 16, Camby 7-9 1-2 15, Carter 2-5 0-0 5, Iverson 5-11 10-13 20, Atkins 3-5 0-0 7, Najera 4-8 0-0 10, Kleiza 3-5 2-2 10, Smith 4-7 0-0 10, Green 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-76 24-32 120.

DETROIT (136): Prince 5-9 2-4 13, McDyess 4-6 0-0 8, Wallace 8-13 0-0 21, Billups 5-9 4-4 14, Hamilton 11-19 0-0 24, Maxiell 8-11 2-3 18, Hayes 6-10 2-3 17, Stuckey 4-8 2-2 11, Johnson 1-1 2-2 4, Dixon 2-4 0-0 4, Afflalo 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 55-91 14-18 136.

Denver 25 26 38 31— 120

Detroit 34 39 27 36— 136

3-Point GoalsDenver 10-20 (Anthony 2-3, Kleiza 2-4, Smith 2-4, Najera 2-5, Carter 1-1, Atkins 1-3), Detroit 12-20 (Wallace 5-8, Hayes 3-5, Hamilton 2-3, Stuckey 1-1, Prince 1-2, Billups 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 33 (Camby 11), Detroit 48 (Maxiell, McDyess 7). AssistsDenver 31 (Iverson 11), Detroit 42 (Billups 10). Total FoulsDenver 19, Detroit 22. TechnicalsKleiza. Ejected—Kleiza. A22,076 (22,076).

Bulls 112, Nets 96

CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored 20 and Drew Gooden had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulls built a big halftime lead, survived a sluggish third quarter and pulled away.

NEW JERSEY (96): Jefferson 6-13 8-10 21, S.Williams 2-2 0-0 4, Boone 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 2-6 0-0 4, Carter 8-16 6-6 22, Diop 2-4 0-0 4, Nachbar 1-10 2-2 4, Swift 4-5 0-0 8, M.Williams 6-12 0-0 16, Armstrong 1-4 0-0 3, Hassell 0-0 0-0 0, Ager 3-4 1-2 8. Totals 36-79 17-20 96.

CHICAGO (112): Deng 8-13 4-4 20, Gooden 7-14 5-6 19, Noah 2-4 1-2 5, Hughes 7-15 0-0 16, Hinrich 6-10 0-0 14, Nocioni 3-10 2-2 9, Gordon 7-12 0-0 17, Sefolosha 2-5 1-4 7, Thomas 1-5 0-0 2, Nichols 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 44-89 13-18 112.

New Jersey 26 8 34 28— 96

Chicago 29 29 21 33— 112

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 7-17 (M.Williams 4-7, Jefferson 1-1, Ager 1-1, Armstrong 1-3, Carter 0-2, Nachbar 0-3), Chicago 11-17 (Gordon 3-5, Hinrich 2-3, Sefolosha 2-3, Hughes 2-3, Nichols 1-1, Nocioni 1-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 41 (S.Williams 6), Chicago 55 (Gooden 11). AssistsNew Jersey 19 (Carter 5), Chicago 30 (Hinrich 8). Total FoulsNew Jersey 16, Chicago 16. TechnicalsNocioni, Chicago defensive three second 2. A22,070 (22,467).

Around the league

HEAT: Forward Udonis Haslem, a former Florida Gator, is considering having surgery on his sprained left ankle after an MRI exam revealed a bone spur that is causing discomfort.

LAKERS: Center Andrew Bynum, out since Jan.  13 with a dislocated left kneecap and a bruised bone landing, is expected back for the first round of the playoffs.

RAPTORS: Forward Chris Bosh plans to return to the court today against the Heat. Bosh has missed nine games with a sore right knee.

Celtics 94

Rockets 74

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