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Robinson keeps Celtics on roll

NEWARK, N.J. — The Celtics were going through their final warmups before facing the Nets on Sunday when All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo walked over to coach Doc Rivers to give him the bad news.

"It was literally about two seconds before the game was going to start," Rivers said of when he learned that Rondo couldn't play through hamstring and foot injuries.

Rivers turned to backup point guard Nate Robinson.

"I just go about things the same way," said Robinson, who scored a game-high 21 and had six assists in the Celtics' 100-75 rout, the team's seventh straight win. "I just play the same way as if I was coming off the bench."

Robinson scored eight of his points in the first four minutes of the game. His 3-pointer with 7:48 left in the first quarter gave Boston an 11-8 lead they would never relinquish.

"When Nate's with the starters, he's like the after-guard, the afterthought," Rivers said. "You can't go after him because everyone else is out there. We really don't make a big thing about when someone is out with an injury. We just have to go out there and play. Nate was great, very solid offensively. When he's going like that, he gives us another shooter."

The Celtics then pulled away by virtue of a 30-12 second quarter.

"We had a terrible second quarter and could never recover," said Nets coach Avery Johnson, whose team lost for the fourth straight time. "They jumped all over us in the second quarter, and we never recovered. They looked like a championship team out there. They didn't come here looking to mess around. They took it to us. We were on our heels the whole game."

The Celtics, who connected on nine of their first 13 attempts from the floor, also received 16 points from Glen Davis off the bench and 13 each from Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Garnett also had a game-high 14 rebounds.

Knicks maintain their turnaround on road

TORONTO — Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks have come a long way since a season-opening victory over the Raptors.

Stoudemire had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, Wilson Chandler scored 21 and the Knicks beat Toronto 116-99 to extend their road winning streak to seven games.

"We're going to continue to work, going to continue to watch film, we're going to stay hungry and see how good we can be," Stoudemire said.

Stoudemire scored 15 in the fourth quarter, going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

"He's got broad shoulders and we jump on them a lot of times," coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"He plays at ease. It's very comforting to know that you can just throw it over to him and he's going to get a wide-open jump shot or he's dunking or he's going to get a foul on him. He's not forcing things, he's just been playing terrific."

Shawne Williams scored 14 for New York, all in the fourth quarter, going 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Stoudemire and Williams combined for 29 points in the fourth, five more than Toronto's 24.

The Knicks won in Toronto on opening night, then lost eight of their next 10. They've won nine of 10 since, including four straight.

"We're starting to buy into the system offensively, and we've got better spacing," Stoudemire said. "The chemistry is phenomenal between myself and Raymond. Defensively we're doing a much better job of containing guys and sticking to our principles. We've gotten smarter."

Game highlights: Richard Hamilton scored 27 and Rodney Stuckey added 24 points and 11 assists to help the host Pistons beat the Cavaliers 102-92. Pistons coach John Kuester started the second half with a small lineup — playing Ben Gordon in place of power forward Jason Maxiell — and the move paid off. With Ben Wallace anchoring the defensive end, Detroit turned several Cleveland turnovers into an 11-0 run and led 78-67 going into the fourth.

Hornets owner Shinn to sell team to league

NEW ORLEANS — Team owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the club to the NBA and the transaction could be completed within a couple of days, the Associated Press reported.

The league has lined up New Orleans-born sports attorney Jac Sperling, vice chairman of the NHL's Wild, to be the NBA's administrator of the team and oversee its sale to a more permanent owner, the report said.

Current team president Hugh Weber will continue overseeing day-to-day operations of what will be the first team to be owned by the league.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined to comment.

Shinn has been in negotiations to sell to minority owner and Louisiana native Gary Chouest since the spring, but talks have been stalled for months.

It remained unclear Sunday if Chouest would keep his stake in the club if the league took over, or if he could be lured back to the table.

Through 10 home games, average attendance has been 13,865. If it doesn't pick up, the Hornets could have the right to break their lease at the New Orleans Arena after this season.

Celtics 100, Nets 75

BOSTON (100): Pierce 2-7 4-6 8, Garnett 5-8 3-4 13, S.O'Neal 1-2 1-1 3, Robinson 8-12 2-2 21, Allen 6-8 1-2 13, Davis 7-13 2-2 16, Erden 1-4 2-6 4, Daniels 4-9 2-2 10, Wafer 3-5 2-2 8, Bradley 2-7 0-2 4, Harangody 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-77 19-29 100.

NEW JERSEY (75): Outlaw 0-7 2-2 2, Humphries 2-4 0-0 4, Lopez 2-6 1-2 5, Harris 3-8 1-1 7, Morrow 4-7 1-1 10, Farmar 6-10 0-0 16, Favors 4-6 2-5 10, James 2-10 2-3 6, Petro 2-4 0-0 4, Murphy 2-5 3-4 7, Ross 0-2 0-0 0, Graham 0-3 4-6 4. Totals 27-72 16-24 75.

Boston 27 30 23 20— 100

New Jersey 25 12 16 22— 75

3-Point GoalsBoston 3-15 (Robinson 3-6, Allen 0-1, Daniels 0-1, Bradley 0-1, Wafer 0-1, Harangody 0-1, Pierce 0-4), New Jersey 5-15 (Farmar 4-5, Morrow 1-1, Graham 0-1, Harris 0-1, Ross 0-1, Murphy 0-2, Outlaw 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 60 (Garnett 14), New Jersey 41 (Petro 9). AssistsBoston 24 (Robinson 6), New Jersey 16 (James, Harris 3). Total FoulsBoston 19, New Jersey 24. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second. A16,196.

Knicks 116, Raptors 99

NEW YORK (116): Chandler 8-14 2-2 21, Gallinari 2-7 0-0 6, Stoudemire 12-24 7-7 31, Felton 8-18 1-1 18, Fields 5-10 3-4 15, Douglas 2-7 1-2 5, Mozgov 1-2 4-5 6, Williams 5-6 0-0 14. Totals 43-88 18-21 116.

TORONTO (99): Weems 2-8 0-0 4, Johnson 10-14 2-4 22, Bargnani 8-19 0-0 16, Calderon 5-8 1-2 13, DeRozan 4-8 4-6 12, Davis 2-3 2-6 6, Barbosa 1-9 0-0 3, Kleiza 0-2 0-0 0, Bayless 8-16 2-4 23, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Dorsey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-87 11-22 99.

New York 33 27 22 34— 116

Toronto 18 32 25 24— 99

3-Point GoalsNew York 12-27 (Williams 4-4, Chandler 3-7, Fields 2-2, Gallinari 2-6, Felton 1-6, Douglas 0-2), Toronto 8-19 (Bayless 5-7, Calderon 2-3, Barbosa 1-5, Bargnani 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 51 (Stoudemire 16), Toronto 55 (Johnson 16). AssistsNew York 22 (Felton 8), Toronto 22 (Calderon, Bayless 6). Total FoulsNew York 13, Toronto 19. TechnicalsStoudemire, Toronto defensive three second. A16,891.

Pistons 102, Cavaliers 92

CLEVELAND (92): Graham 4-8 0-0 8, Hickson 3-5 1-4 7, Varejao 5-7 1-2 11, M.Williams 5-14 4-4 14, Parker 4-7 0-0 11, J.Williams 1-6 1-2 3, Jamison 8-17 5-6 22, Gibson 4-13 2-2 12, Hollins 1-3 0-0 2, Sessions 0-4 2-2 2. Totals 35-84 16-22 92.

DETROIT (102): Prince 7-14 5-5 20, Maxiell 0-1 0-0 0, Wallace 1-3 0-0 2, Stuckey 8-14 8-9 24, Hamilton 10-17 3-3 27, Gordon 5-14 0-0 12, McGrady 0-1 0-0 0, Monroe 4-7 0-2 8, Villanueva 3-9 1-2 9, Daye 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-81 17-21 102.

Cleveland 24 22 21 25— 92

Detroit 19 32 27 24— 102

3-Point GoalsCleveland 6-20 (Parker 3-5, Gibson 2-6, Jamison 1-5, J.Williams 0-2, M.Williams 0-2), Detroit 9-20 (Hamilton 4-6, Villanueva 2-5, Gordon 2-6, Prince 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 53 (Varejao 14), Detroit 49 (Wallace 9). AssistsCleveland 25 (M.Williams 10), Detroit 23 (Stuckey 11). Total FoulsCleveland 24, Detroit 19. A13,081.

Robinson keeps Celtics on roll 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:29pm]

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