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NBA: Boston 109, Golden State 95

Boston -- Rajon Rondo scored five straight points during a 12-0 run in the third period Wednesday, sparking the Boston Celtics to a 109-95 win over Golden State.

Boston held only a one-point lead at halftime, and then broke the game open in the third period by holding the Warriors scoreless for a 4 1/2-minute stretch.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 19, Rondo had 18 and both Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen had 15. Boston halted a two-game losing streak.

Corey Maggette had 23 for Golden State.

Boston shot 52.5 percent from the field but made only 17-of-27 foul shots.

The Warriors lost their third in a row and have won on the road just once this season in seven outings.

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NBA: Orlando 108, Oklahoma City 94

Orlando -- Vince Carter scored 18 points Wednesday and Rashard Lewis just missed a triple-double in leading the Orlando Magic to a 108-94 decision over Oklahoma City.

Lewis scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out nine assists.
Six players scored in double figures in what turned out to be a costly win for Orlando. Guard Jameer Nelson suffered a knee injury and team officials said the initial prognosis was that he would miss at least a month.

Orlando won its third straight and has captured four out of five.

Oklahoma City, coming off an impressive win over Miami Tuesday, was paced by James Harden with 24 points. Kevin Durant had 12.

The Magic owned a 61-43 halftime lead and opened the third quarter on a 15-6 run.

NBA: Philadelphia 86, Charlotte 84

Philadelphia -- A layup by Lou Williams with 3.1 seconds remaining Wednesday lifted the Philadelphia 76ers to their first win in three games -- 86-84 over Charlotte.

The Hornets have lost six in a row and have yet to win on the road in six tries this season.

Williams scored 19 points and had six assists. Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala tied the game with 30 seconds left by making the second of two free throw attempts. Charlotte's Boris Diaw then missed a 3-point attempt with 14 seconds remaining to set up the game-winner by Williams.

Iguodala stole the ensuing inbounds pass to clinch the win. He scored 25 points and Elton Brand produced season highs with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 106, Detroit 93

Los Angeles -- Kobe Bryant hit the 40-point mark for the 100th time in his career Tuesday while leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-93 victory over Detroit.

Bryant's game-high 40 included nine points during a late second-quarter outburst in which the Lakers took a 52-39 lead.

Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a dozen rebounds for LA, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Shannon Brown scored a dozen off the bench.

Will Bynum led the Pistons with 24 points and six assists. Ben Gordon added 18.

A pair of layups by Will Bynum contributed to a 13-3 run by the Pistons that cut the Lakers' lead to 98-91 with less than 2 minutes to go. But Brown hit three free throws and added a slam dunk to shut the door on the Pistons' comeback.

NBA: Chicago 101, Sacramento 87

Sacramento -- John Salmons scored 23 points Tuesday, including a late 3-pointer that lifted the Chicago Bulls to a 101-87 win over Sacramento.

Salmons' trey with just under 3 minutes to play extended Chicago's lead to 97-83, a margin that proved too much for the Kings in the home stretch.

Joakim Noah had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Luol Deng added 16 points and Jannero Pargo scored a dozen off the bench.

Donte Green led the Kings with 24 points. Tyreke Evans scored 20 as Sacramento's winning streak was halted at four games.

Chicago led by double digits for much of the second half, although the Kings cut it to 88-81 on Greene's jumper with 8:12 to play in the fourth quarter.

NBA: Cleveland 114, Golden State 108

Cleveland -- LeBron James poured in 31 points and racked up 12 assists Tuesday to power the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-108 win over Golden State.

J.J. Hickson scored three straight points late in the game to help blunt a Warriors comeback that had seen them pull to within 107-106 with 3:24 left. He connected on a career-high 21 points for the game and pulled down nine boards, while Mo Williams collected 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Cleveland, which posted its fifth straight win.

Golden State was led by 23 points from Monta Ellis as the Warriors dropped their third in four games. Corey Maggette chipped in with 19 points and Anthony Morrow added 14.

NBA: New Orelans 110, LA Clippers 102

New Orleans -- David West's 24 points helped nail down the first win for New Orleans Hornets Coach Jeff Bower Tuesday in a 110-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers pulled to within 58-55 at 67 seconds into the third quarter but New Orleans responded with a 12-1 run to put the game away, capped by a 3-pointer from David Brown, who finished with 16 points for the Hornets.

Bower, the Hornets' general manager, took over the coaching duties last week for Byron Scott, who was fired.
Peja Stojakovic scored 15 points for the Hornets, who were again without guard Chris Paul, who sprained an ankle Friday's against Portland.

Al Thornton poured in 30 points and Baron Davis added 23 for the Clippers, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

NBA: Phoenix 111, Houston 105

Houston -- Amare Stoudemire's 23 points and six rebounds led the Phoenix Suns to a 111-105 road win over the Houston Rockets Tuesday.

Jason Richards scored 20 points and veteran playmaker Steve Nash added 12 points and 16 assists for the Suns, who shot a sizzling 51.9 percent from the field.

Carl Landry was 13-of-18 from the field for 27 points to lead the Houston attack. Trevor Ariza added 19.

Phoenix outscored the Rockets 33-23 in the fourth quarter to rally from an 82-78 deficit after three quarters.

NBA: Oklahoma City 100, Miami 87

Miami -- Kevin Durant had a big night for Oklahoma City Tuesday, scoring 32 points and pulling down nine rebounds to pace the Thunder to a 100-87 win over Miami.

Durant poured in 10 of his points during a 14-6 run at the end of the first quarter that erased a 16-11 Miami lead. Russell Westbrook added 24 points and Jeff Green tallied 13 points for the Thunder, which was a sizzling 21-of-22 from the foul line.

Oklahoma City put the game away midway through the third quarter when they extended a 57-50 lead to 65-50 with three minutes left, highlighted by a Nenad Krstic jumper.

Dwyane Wade paced the Heat with 22 points, while Jermaine O'Neal added 19 points and Daequan Cook contributed 17 points off the bench.

NBA: Indiana 91, New Jersey 83

East Rutherford, N.J. -- The Indiana Pacers got 22 points from Danny Granger Tuesday to send New Jersey to a 91-83 loss, the Nets' 11th straight to start the season.

Roy Hibbert tied a career high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Indiana while Dahntay Jones scored 17 points for the Pacers.

Indiana used a Hibbert layup and four straight points from Jones early in the fourth quarter to salt the game away after New Jersey had pulled to within 67-60.

The Nets extended the worst start in franchise history and remained the only winless team in the NBA.

Chris Douglas-Roberts poured in a game-high 27 points while Brook Lopez added for 26 points and 16 rebounds for New Jersey.

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