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This time, Celtics survive Cavs rally

CLEVELAND — The Celtics didn't completely collapse. They merely crumbled this time.

Two days after blowing a big late lead and losing at home to Cleveland, Boston nearly did it again before recovering and hanging on for a 93-90 win over the scrappy Cavaliers, who trimmed a 22-point deficit to two in the final minutes.

Paul Pierce scored 20, Ray Allen had 12 in the third quarter and Kevin Garnett made a key jumper down the stretch for the Celtics, who came away victorious but unfulfilled.

"I hate it," Allen said. "We won, but I take it as a loss in terms of getting better."

Sunday, Boston wasted an 11-point lead in the final 4:25 as the Cavs scored the game's final 12, capped by rookie Kyrie Irving's layup with 2.6 seconds left.

It nearly happened again.

"We just couldn't finish it off," said Irving, who scored 13 of his 21 in the fourth quarter.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Joe Johnson needed three quarters to match his season high with 30 points, and the visiting Hawks recorded their sixth consecutive victory over the Raptors, 100-77. … Carmelo Anthony scored 25 in his return from ankle, wrist and thumb injuries, and the host Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 113-86 victory over the Pistons.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson could be sidelined for a few more days with a neck infection that landed him in a Boston hospital. … Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has a left knee bone contusion that will keep him out of tonight's game.

Celtics 93, Cavaliers 90

BOSTON (93): Pierce 7-14 6-9 20, Garnett 5-12 3-4 13, O'Neal 5-7 2-2 12, Bradley 4-7 0-0 8, Allen 4-10 2-2 12, Bass 6-9 1-2 13, Wilcox 0-2 0-0 0, Pietrus 2-7 0-0 6, Moore 2-3 0-0 5, Pavlovic 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 37-73 14-19 93.

CLEVELAND (90): Casspi 2-5 0-2 6, Jamison 5-11 1-2 12, Varejao 10-17 0-0 20, Irving 7-16 6-6 21, M.Thompson 3-9 0-0 8, Gee 3-6 4-5 11, Sessions 3-5 0-2 6, T.Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Samuels 1-5 4-4 6. Totals 34-75 15-21 90.

Boston 28 23 25 17— 93

Cleveland 24 15 19 32— 90

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-14 (Allen 2-5, Pietrus 2-6, Moore 1-1, Pierce 0-2), Cleveland 7-17 (Casspi 2-2, M.Thompson 2-4, Irving 1-2, Gee 1-3, Jamison 1-5, Varejao 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 40 (Bass 6), Cleveland 48 (Varejao 20). AssistsBoston 25 (Allen 8), Cleveland 27 (Sessions 10). Total FoulsBoston 20, Cleveland 18. A14,798 (20,562).

Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 97, OT

DENVER (97): Gallinari 1-10 6-6 8, Nene 6-9 2-3 14, Mozgov 0-3 1-2 1, Lawson 5-11 0-0 12, Afflalo 3-7 2-2 8, Harrington 8-16 4-4 23, Miller 8-13 3-6 20, Andersen 1-3 0-0 2, Brewer 3-4 1-2 8, Fernandez 0-4 0-0 0, Koufos 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 35-80 20-27 97.

MEMPHIS (100): Gay 7-20 4-4 20, Speights 1-5 3-4 5, Gasol 5-13 10-14 20, Conley 3-11 4-4 11, Allen 6-14 5-5 17, Cunningham 3-6 0-0 6, Pondexter 1-3 1-2 3, Mayo 7-14 1-2 18, Selby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-86 28-35 100.

Denver 23 26 18 24 6— 97

Memphis 19 18 23 31 9— 100

3-Point GoalsDenver 7-23 (Harrington 3-7, Lawson 2-3, Brewer 1-1, Miller 1-2, Afflalo 0-2, Fernandez 0-4, Gallinari 0-4), Memphis 6-12 (Mayo 3-6, Gay 2-3, Conley 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 57 (Harrington 10), Memphis 55 (Gasol, Gay 13). AssistsDenver 20 (Miller 6), Memphis 18 (Conley 6). Total FoulsDenver 22, Memphis 21. A13,651 (18,119).

Knicks 113, Pistons 86

DETROIT (86): Prince 5-13 0-0 10, Wallace 0-2 0-0 0, Monroe 6-11 1-2 13, Stuckey 5-8 3-3 13, Knight 3-8 2-4 9, Maxiell 2-6 2-2 6, Daye 2-7 2-2 7, Russell Jr. 3-7 2-2 8, Jerebko 4-4 6-6 15, Wilkins 1-4 1-2 3, Macklin 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 32-71 19-25 86.

NEW YORK (113): Anthony 9-14 5-5 25, Stoudemire 5-11 5-6 15, Chandler 5-6 7-10 17, Shumpert 3-8 0-0 6, Fields 7-10 0-0 18, Jeffries 1-3 0-0 2, Douglas 2-5 0-0 4, Walker 4-7 1-1 11, Balkman 3-3 0-0 6, Lin 1-1 2-3 4, Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Novak 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 42-70 20-25 113.

Detroit 24 21 12 29— 86

New York 33 24 24 32— 113

3-Point GoalsDetroit 3-9 (Jerebko 1-1, Daye 1-3, Knight 1-3, Maxiell 0-1, Prince 0-1), New York 9-18 (Fields 4-6, Anthony 2-3, Walker 2-5, Novak 1-1, Shumpert 0-1, Douglas 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 41 (Monroe 12), New York 37 (Chandler 8). AssistsDetroit 13 (Stuckey, Russell Jr. 3), New York 25 (Anthony, Shumpert 6). Total FoulsDetroit 22, New York 20. TechnicalsNew York defensive three second. A19,763 (19,763).

Hawks 100, Raptors 77

ATLANTA (100): Williams 4-11 0-0 10, Smith 3-7 1-2 7, Pachulia 5-6 0-0 10, Teague 5-10 0-0 10, Jo.Johnson 13-18 1-1 30, McGrady 5-7 4-4 15, Hinrich 1-6 0-0 2, I.Johnson 2-6 1-2 5, Radmanovic 0-1 0-0 0, Green 2-4 2-2 7, Stackhouse 0-1 2-2 2, Pargo 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 41-80 11-13 100.

TORONTO (77): DeRozan 3-9 3-4 9, Ja.Johnson 4-13 1-2 9, A.Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Calderon 3-4 0-0 6, Bayless 4-11 4-4 14, Barbosa 2-8 0-0 4, Davis 4-6 3-3 11, Kleiza 2-9 2-2 7, Butler 2-5 0-2 5, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Forbes 2-6 6-6 10, Carter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-73 19-23 77.

Atlanta 23 33 21 23— 100

Toronto 18 19 23 17— 77

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-18 (Jo.Johnson 3-5, Williams 2-4, McGrady 1-2, Green 1-2, Pargo 0-1, Smith 0-1, Teague 0-1, Hinrich 0-2), Toronto 4-20 (Bayless 2-5, Butler 1-3, Kleiza 1-4, DeRozan 0-1, Forbes 0-1, Ja.Johnson 0-2, Barbosa 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 44 (Smith, I.Johnson, Pachulia 6), Toronto 47 (Davis 11). AssistsAtlanta 21 (Teague 5), Toronto 21 (Calderon 9). Total FoulsAtlanta 16, Toronto 16. A16,117 (19,800).

Pacers 106, Nets 99

NEW JERSEY (99): Humphries 5-9 3-7 13, Sha.Williams 3-10 1-1 8, She.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, D.Williams 10-20 10-12 34, Morrow 10-17 3-3 28, Farmar 4-8 0-0 10, Petro 3-6 0-0 6, Owens 0-1 0-0 0, Gaines 0-2 0-0 0, J.Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-74 17-23 99.

INDIANA (106): Granger 6-15 9-9 21, West 3-4 0-0 6, Hibbert 7-12 4-7 18, Collison 2-7 4-5 8, George 8-11 4-4 24, Hansbrough 3-7 4-6 10, Hill 1-5 0-2 2, Amundson 4-4 1-3 9, Stephenson 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 38-73 26-36 106.

New Jersey 24 29 19 27— 99

Indiana 28 27 29 22— 106

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 12-29 (Morrow 5-8, D.Williams 4-9, Farmar 2-3, Sha.Williams 1-8, Owens 0-1), Indiana 4-11 (George 4-6, Jones 0-1, Hill 0-1, Granger 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 38 (Humphries 10), Indiana 52 (Hibbert 14). AssistsNew Jersey 23 (D.Williams 7), Indiana 26 (Granger, Stephenson 5). Total FoulsNew Jersey 21, Indiana 20. TechnicalsD.Williams, Sha.Williams. A11,408 (18,165).

This time, Celtics survive Cavs rally 01/31/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:57pm]

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