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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Wallace had 19 points, including the clinching free throws with 3 seconds left, and the Bobcats overcame top scorer Stephen Jackson's ejection to beat the shorthanded Celtics 94-89 on Monday night.

It was a testy game with five technicals called and Kevin Garnett leveling an elbow into Eduardo Najera's face.

The intimidation attempt didn't work.

"I just told him he hits like my grandma," Najera said.

Ray Allen scored 25 and hit two 3-pointers, leaving him two shy of breaking Reggie Miller's career record of 2,560.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he exchanged texts with Marquis Daniels (bruised spinal cord) and said he's "doing a lot better" but it's "going to take a while" before he can play.

Skid stands alone

DALLAS — The Cavaliers broke the all-time record for consecutive defeats with their 25th, losing 99-96 to the Mavericks. Cleveland had already tied its own mark for longest skid overall (over two seasons). Cleveland had a chance to tie it with a 3 in the final seconds but made one pass too many, and time expired without a shot.

MORE GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kobe Bryant scored 19 to lead the Lakers, who sealed it with a late 11-0 run, past the host Grizzlies, 93-84. … Timberwolves guard Michael Beasley had 14 points in a 104-92 win at the Hornets but had to be helped off with a left leg injury in the fourth quarter. … Kevin Martin scored 37 as the visiting Rockets, minus guard Aaron Brooks, beat Denver 108-103 despite Carmelo Anthony's 50 points. Houston suspended Brooks for leaving the court late in Saturday's win over Memphis.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Ex-Gator star Jason Williams signed with Memphis, where he played from 2001 to 2005.

Bobcats 94, Celtics 89

BOSTON (89): Pierce 6-14 9-10 22, Garnett 4-11 1-2 9, Perkins 4-6 0-2 8, Rondo 4-13 2-2 10, Allen 9-17 5-5 25, Davis 1-5 5-6 7, Wafer 1-5 0-0 3, Harangody 1-1 0-0 3, Robinson 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 31-76 22-27 89.

CHARLOTTE (94): Wallace 6-16 6-8 19, Diaw 3-5 0-0 7, K.Brown 1-9 2-2 4, Augustin 3-9 1-1 9, Jackson 4-7 3-5 11, Henderson 5-13 5-5 15, Najera 2-5 0-0 5, Mohammed 1-4 1-2 3, Livingston 7-10 4-6 18, D.Brown 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 33-79 23-30 94.

Boston 29 21 19 20— 89

Charlotte 25 26 14 29— 94

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-14 (Allen 2-2, Harangody 1-1, Wafer 1-2, Pierce 1-5, Rondo 0-1, Robinson 0-3), Charlotte 5-16 (Augustin 2-5, Diaw 1-2, Najera 1-3, Wallace 1-3, Henderson 0-1, Jackson 0-2). ReboundsBoston 42 (Garnett 14), Charlotte 61 (Wallace 16). AssistsBoston 25 (Rondo 14), Charlotte 16 (Augustin 4). Total FoulsBoston 23, Charlotte 17. TechnicalsGarnett, Pierce, K.Brown, Jackson 2, Charlotte defensive three second. Ejected— Jackson. A19,081 (19,077).

Mavericks 99, Cavaliers 96

CLEVELAND (96): Eyenga 7-15 0-0 15, Jamison 8-23 1-1 18, Hickson 12-18 2-4 26, Sessions 6-12 7-7 19, Parker 3-10 0-0 7, Gibson 1-5 0-0 2, Moon 2-5 0-0 4, Hollins 1-2 3-5 5, Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-91 13-17 96.

DALLAS (99): Stojakovic 3-9 1-2 8, Nowitzki 5-11 2-2 12, Chandler 3-7 4-4 10, Kidd 2-6 0-0 6, Stevenson 1-4 0-0 3, Barea 4-9 0-0 9, Terry 7-16 7-7 23, Marion 5-15 7-8 17, Mahinmi 4-6 3-4 11, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-83 24-27 99.

Cleveland 28 21 24 23— 96

Dallas 29 30 18 22— 99

3-Point GoalsCleveland 3-14 (Eyenga 1-3, Parker 1-4, Jamison 1-6, Moon 0-1), Dallas 7-22 (Kidd 2-5, Terry 2-5, Barea 1-3, Stevenson 1-3, Stojakovic 1-6). ReboundsCleveland 50 (Hickson 12), Dallas 57 (Chandler 11). AssistsCleveland 18 (Sessions 13), Dallas 21 (Kidd 8). Total FoulsCleveland 20, Dallas 18. TechnicalsCleveland defensive three second. A19,875 (19,200).

Lakers 93, Grizzlies 84

L.A. LAKERS (93): Artest 4-11 2-6 13, P.Gasol 6-11 5-9 17, Bynum 4-6 3-6 11, Fisher 4-7 0-0 10, Bryant 6-17 7-7 19, Odom 5-14 4-7 15, Blake 1-1 0-0 3, Brown 2-7 0-0 5, Walton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-74 21-35 93.

MEMPHIS (84): Gay 7-15 3-4 18, Randolph 2-14 4-4 8, M.Gasol 5-14 0-0 10, Conley 5-12 2-3 13, Young 9-19 2-2 22, Allen 2-5 2-2 6, Vasquez 1-2 0-0 2, Arthur 2-2 1-2 5, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Henry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-83 14-17 84.

L.A. Lakers 26 24 23 20— 93

Memphis 29 16 23 16— 84

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 8-16 (Artest 3-6, Fisher 2-3, Blake 1-1, Brown 1-2, Odom 1-3, Bryant 0-1), Memphis 4-10 (Young 2-3, Conley 1-2, Gay 1-3, Randolph 0-1, Allen 0-1). ReboundsL.A. Lakers 58 (Odom 11), Memphis 51 (Randolph, M.Gasol 12). AssistsL.A. Lakers 22 (Bryant 6), Memphis 18 (Randolph, Conley 4). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 15, Memphis 25. TechnicalsL.A. Lakers defensive three second, Gay. A18,119 (18,119).

T'wolves 104, Hornets 92

MINNESOTA (104): Beasley 6-16 2-2 14, Love 6-12 14-14 27, Milicic 0-0 0-0 0, Flynn 5-10 2-2 13, Brewer 1-4 0-0 3, Pekovic 4-4 4-4 12, Johnson 1-7 0-0 3, Hayward 0-2 0-0 0, Tolliver 4-8 0-0 12, Telfair 3-6 0-0 9, Ellington 4-10 3-3 11, Koufos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-79 25-25 104.

NEW ORLEANS (92): Pondexter 1-5 2-2 4, West 7-16 4-4 18, Gray 2-4 0-2 4, Paul 5-11 7-8 17, Belinelli 6-16 0-0 15, Smith 2-3 0-2 4, Green 3-6 3-4 11, Pavlovic 2-8 0-0 4, Andersen 2-4 0-0 4, Mbenga 1-2 0-0 2, Jack 1-3 0-0 2, Thornton 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 35-84 16-22 92.

Minnesota 23 37 22 22— 104

New Orleans 23 23 24 22— 92

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 11-26 (Tolliver 4-7, Telfair 3-5, Brewer 1-2, Love 1-2, Flynn 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Beasley 0-1, Hayward 0-1, Ellington 0-3), New Orleans 6-24 (Belinelli 3-8, Green 2-4, Thornton 1-3, Pondexter 0-2, Paul 0-3, Pavlovic 0-4). ReboundsMinnesota 52 (Love 17), New Orleans 48 (Gray 8). AssistsMinnesota 21 (Flynn 6), New Orleans 22 (Paul 13). Total FoulsMinnesota 20, New Orleans 24. TechnicalsMinnesota defensive three second, Paul. A13,401 (17,188).

Rockets 108, Nuggets 103

HOUSTON (108): Battier 0-4 0-0 0, Scola 9-16 7-8 25, Hayes 5-8 2-2 12, Lowry 1-9 8-10 11, Kev.Martin 12-26 9-12 37, Budinger 4-9 0-0 11, I.Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 1-2 1-3 3, Lee 3-5 0-0 7, Patterson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-83 27-35 108.

DENVER (103): Anthony 16-24 16-18 50, Ken.Martin 3-8 0-2 6, Harrington 4-12 2-2 10, Billups 2-3 0-0 5, Afflalo 2-3 0-0 4, Andersen 0-0 1-2 1, Lawson 6-13 7-10 19, J.Smith 2-9 3-5 7, Forbes 0-4 1-4 1, Carter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-77 30-43 103.

Houston 25 27 29 27— 108

Denver 26 24 16 37— 103

3-Point GoalsHouston 9-22 (Kev.Martin 4-8, Budinger 3-4, Lee 1-2, Lowry 1-6, Battier 0-1, Miller 0-1), Denver 3-13 (Anthony 2-3, Billups 1-2, Carter 0-1, Forbes 0-1, J.Smith 0-2, Harrington 0-4). Fouled OutAfflalo. ReboundsHouston 51 (Hayes 10), Denver 59 (Anthony 11). AssistsHouston 27 (Kev.Martin 7), Denver 14 (Lawson 5). Total FoulsHouston 30, Denver 31. TechnicalsScola, Houston defensive three second, Houston Bench, Denver Coach Karl, Ken.Martin. A14,595 (19,155).

NBA news and notes 02/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 12:14am]

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