Rondo notches triple-double to lead Celtics to victory
BOSTON (AP) ” Rajon Rondo notched his first career triple-double and Ray Allen scored 31 points, leading the Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers, 114-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.
Rondo scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out a career-high 17 assists. Kevin Garnett added 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who matched their longest winning streak since their 2007-08 championship season, a 10-game run from Feb. 24-March 12.
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points, while Troy Murphy chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Cavaliers 118, Knicks 82
CLEVELAND (AP) ” LeBron James scored 21 points and then grabbed an early seat on the bench as Cleveland improved to 10-0 on its own floor for the first time in franchise history with its 14th win in 15 games.
Wearing replica wine-and-gold uniforms from their 1970 expansion season, when they played at dingy Cleveland Arena, the Cavaliers built a 42-point lead in the second half and breezed to their sixth straight win. They also remained the Eastern Conference’s only unbeaten team at home.
Mo Williams added 16 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and none of Cleveland’s starters played more than 28 minutes. The 36-point margin of victory was the Cavs’ largest in 171 games against New York.
Al Harrington scored 20 points, Anthony Roberson had 19 and David Lee 16 with 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 39 percent and made 28 turnovers.
Lakers 114, 76ers 102
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ” Kobe Bryant tormented his hometown team again, scoring 32 points to help Los Angeles rebound from a last-second loss with a victory over Philadelphia.
The Lakers never let the middling Sixers get too close in this one and improved to 15-2 one night after they lost in Indiana on a late tip.
Andre Miller scored 26 points and Andre Iguodala had 19 for the Sixers, who played the entire fourth quarter and the last 4 minutes of the third without Elton Brand, who was limited to three points on 1-for-7 shooting in 25 ineffective minutes before leaving with a strained right hamstring.
Hornets 104, Suns 91
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ” Chris Paul had 24 points and 15 assists to lead New Orleans over short-handed Phoenix.
Peja Stojakovic also scored 24 points, highlighted by his five 3-pointers, and David West added 23 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which has won five of its last six games.
Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 26 points, while Leandro Barbosa added 19 and Grant Hill 17. However, the Suns were unable to keep pace with guard Steve Nash sidelined because of an illness. Shaquille O’Neal also sat out for Phoenix, hoping to be fresh when the Suns play Thursday night at Dallas.
Hawks 105, Grizzlies 95
ATLANTA (AP) ” Joe Johnson scored 26 points, and Mike Bibby had 20 points and 10 assists in Atlanta’s victory over Memphis.
The Hawks, who have won three of four and five of seven, welcomed back Josh Smith after their $58 million forward missed the past 12 games with an ankle sprain. In 28 minutes, Smith had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, four turnovers and one blocked shot.
Rudy Gay finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Memphis dropped its season-worst seventh straight.
Magic 100, Timberwolves 89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ” Dwight Howard had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Rashard Lewis also scored 23 points to lead Orlando over Minnesota.
Hedo Turkoglu added 22 for the Magic, who have won two of three despite missing their top three guards with injuries.
Al Jefferson had 19 to lead the Timberwolves.
Bobcats 103, Thunder 97
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ” Emeka Okafor had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced attack for Charlotte in a victory that sent Oklahoma City back to its losing ways.
Gerald Wallace added 21 points and Jason Richardson scored 18 to surpass 10,000 points in his career for the Bobcats, who won consecutive games under coach Larry Brown for the first time.
The Thunder were playing their first game since snapping a franchise record-tying 14-game losing streak Saturday at Memphis. Kevin Durant scored 24 points and Jeff Green added 18, but Oklahoma City couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers and dropped to 2-17.