MIAMI — Ray Allen hit his first seven three-point tries and finished with 35 points, Paul Pierce added 25 and the Boston Celtics led wire-to-wire in a 112-107 win over Miami on Thursday night, handing the Heat their second straight home loss.
Rajon Rondo had 16 assists and Kevin Garnett added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Boston, which led by as many as 20 and beat the Heat for the 13th time in the last 14 regular-season meetings.
LeBron James finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Heat, while Dwyane Wade was held to eight points on 2-for-12 shooting. The Heat got within 110-107 on Udonis Haslem's free throws with 13.3 seconds left, but Allen hit a pair of free throws to seal it.
Bulls 120, Warriors 90: Luol Deng scored 26 points, Derrick Rose had 22 and host Chicago raced to a 30-point lead in the first half en route to a rout of the weary Warriors.
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Rose added 13 assists for his third double-double of the season. He finished one assist shy of his career best, which he's increased twice already this season. Rose is averaging 9.6 assists per game, 3.3 better than he averaged in either of his first two NBA seasons.
Monta Ellis had 24 points to lead the Warriors, and Stephen Curry added 17 for Golden State, which played without ailing forward David Lee.
Rose and Deng combined for 39 points in a first half that Chicago dominated in every facet of the game. The Bulls outrebounded Golden State 26-20 and forced 11 turnovers (leading to 21 points) while committing only four. They outshot the Warriors 53.1 percent to 39.1 percent.
The Warriors looked tired one night after their win at Madison Square Garden. In that game, Lee sustained a cut on his left elbow when he inadvertently struck former Knicks teammate Wilson Chandler in the mouth.
The loss to the Bulls dropped the Warriors to 2-2 on their road trip.
Around the league
76ers: The NBA fined forward Andres Nocioni for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands. NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the $25,000 fine on Thursday.
Spurs: Rookie James Anderson has a stress fracture in his right foot that is expected to keep him out for two months. Anderson has averaged 7.0 points while developing into a three-point shooter off the bench. The former Oklahoma State star scored seven points Wednesday night in a win over the Clippers.
Timberwolves: Minnesota waived guard Maurice Ager, who played sparsely just to rest Sebastian Telfair in the last two games.