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Boston picks up 16th straight win

The Boston Celtics looked to Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter.

Garnett scored 10 of his 18 points in the final quarter, and Atlanta's Joe Johnson missed a late free throw that would have tied it, helping the Celtics beat the Hawks 88-85 on Wednesday night for their 16th straight victory.

After Johnson missed the second of two free throws with 2.7 seconds, Ray Allen made a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds left for the defending NBA champion Celtics, who have a franchise-best 24-2 record. It was only the second loss in 10 home games for the Hawks.

"I told KG to take us home down the stretch," Celtics guard and former Wildcat Rajon Rondo said. "I said make something happen. He said no problem."

Garnett, quiet for much of the game, was 5-for-5 from the field in the fourth quarter after opening 2-for-10.

"It means we're playing well. We want to play championship basketball. That's what we're building up to. Our goal is to win a championship," said Garnett.

"You play your role around here. You do your job. You do what you're supposed to," he said.

Hornets 90, Spurs 83: Chris Paul set an NBA record with a steal in his 106th straight regular-season game and had 19 points and 12 assists to lead host New Orleans to a comeback victory.

Paul broke Alvin Robertson's NBA mark — which stood since 1986 — when he deflected and quickly corralled an attempted pass by Tony Parker late in the second quarter.

David West scored 21 points for New Orleans, hitting a pair of late threes to help erase a seven-point deficit in the last five minutes of the game.

The Hornets played without Peja Stojakovic, who was benched because of back spasms.

Pacers 127, Warriors 120: Danny Granger scored 17 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, made all 17 of his free throws and had 11 rebounds and six assists for host Indiana.

Jarrett Jack scored 24 points, Marquis Daniels added 23, and rookie Brandon Rush had 10 points and 11 rebounds in his second start for Indiana.

Jamal Crawford scored 29 points for Golden State.

Cavaliers 93, Timberwolves 70: LeBron James scored 32 points on 14-for-20 shooting, and Cleveland sent host Minnesota to its 11th straight loss.

The Cavs were coming off a loss in Atlanta on Saturday night that ended their winning streak at 11. They improved to 21-4, the exact opposite of Minnesota's record.

Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 20 points.

Bulls 115, Clippers 109 (OT): Derrick Rose converted a decisive three-point play in overtime, and Ben Gordon made a four-point play with 20.5 seconds left in regulation for Chicago. Andres Nocioni scored 22 points, and Gordon had 22 to help Chicago improve to 9-3 at home. The Bulls scored the final nine points in overtime.

Los Angeles' Marcus Camby had a career-high 27 rebounds and scored 19 points, and Zach Randolph finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

76ers 93, Bucks 88: Lou Williams matched his career high with 25 points, Andre Miller added 19, and host Philadelphia overcame the loss of forward Elton Brand, who dislocated his right shoulder with 7:23 left in the third quarter after landing on Milwaukee's Luc Mbah a Moute.

Pistons 88, Wizards 74: Allen Iverson scored 28 points, and Rodney Stuckey added 18 points and matched his career high with 11 assists in Detroit's third win in a row.

Mike James scored 16 points, and Antawn Jamison had 14 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Washington, an Eastern Conference-worst 4-19.

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