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NBA roudup — March 7

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Celtics 91, Nets 84

Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and the host Boston Celtics dominated the boards to beat Brooklyn and stop the Nets’ four-game winning streak Friday night.

Boston scored the first five points and never trailed, although Brooklyn used an 11-point run to cut the lead to 70-68 with 2:02 left in the third quarter. But the Celtics came back to take a 78-70 lead entering the final quarter and led by at least seven points the rest of the way.

The Celtics outrebounded the Nets 62-37, an important advantage since they turned the ball over 28 times, twice as many as Brooklyn. Rondo also had nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Nets were led by Joe Johnson with 21 points and Deron Williams with 20.

Knicks 108, Jazz 81

Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter, sending the host New York Knicks to a rare easy night.

Anthony added a season-high eight assists while playing just three quarters of a game that wasn’t competitive for long after the opening tip. J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led by as many as 32.

With a long way to go to get back into playoff position, the Knicks won their second straight following a seven-game losing streak.

Amare Stoudemire scored 10 for the Knicks.

Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks each scored 18 for the Utah Jazz, who dropped their fifth straight.

Grizzlies 85, Bulls 77

Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used their stout defense to beat the host Chicago Bulls.

Mike Miller made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points as the Grizzlies closed out a three-game road trip with their third victory in four games. Zach Randolph added 10 points and 11 rebounds after missing Memphis’ previous game with the flu.

The Grizzlies shut out the Bulls after Taj Gibson’s layup trimmed Memphis’ lead to 81-77 with 3:15 to go.

Raptors 99, Kings 87

Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead the Raptors over the visiting Sacramento Kings, spoiling Rudy Gay’s return to Toronto.

Gay had 15 points for the Kings, who acquired him in a seven-player deal in December.

Patrick Patterson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 15 points for the Raptors, who’ve won eight of their last 10.

DeMarcus Cousins topped Sacramento with 24 points.

Timberwolves 114, 
Pistons 101

Kevin Love had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and the host Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Detroit Pistons.

Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Greg Monroe had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Will Bynum scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons. But Detroit shot 40 percent and lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Pelicans 112, Bucks 104

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and host New Orleans defeated struggling Milwaukee.

Tyreke Evans scored 25 points for the Pelicans, who’ve won two straight after losing their previous eight games. Anthony Morrow added 16 points, including a 3-pointer as he was fouled to give the Pelicans their largest lead at 100-90 with 4:50 left. Brian Roberts scored 14 and Eric Gordon 12 for New Orleans.

Mavericks 103, 
Trail Blazers 98

Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Devin Harris hit the go-ahead shot in the final minute and the host Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter after blowing a 30-point lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 for Portland, including 18 in the third quarter when the Blazers went in front for the first time at 69-67 after trailing 44-14 early in the second quarter.

The score was tied 98-all when Aldridge missed a shot from the lane and Harris won the scramble for the rebound. He dribbled the length of the floor and hit a leaning shot on the baseline and was fouled by Damian Lillard.

After the free throw put Dallas up by three, Aldridge’s pass went over Lillard’s head out of bounds.

Nuggets 134, Lakers 126

Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points, Ty Lawson had 30 and the host Denver Nuggets beat the skidding Los Angeles Lakers.

Wilson Chandler had 19 points, and Timofey Mozgov and Evan Fournier added 13 apiece for the Nuggets, who swept the three-game season series.

Pau Gasol scored 27 points to lead the Lakers in their third straight defeat and sixth in eight games.


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