Bulls Hold Off the Celtics

The Celtics trimmed a 52-33 halftime deficit to 67-66 on a 3-pointer by Mickael Pietrus with 10 minutes left. Then Boston missed its next two shots as Rose scored 4 straight points. Kevin Garnett responded with a short jumper, but Rose came through again with a 3-pointer for a 74-68 lead with 7:30 remaining.

Rose missed a victory over the on Wednesday with a sprained left big toe.

Ray Allen scored 16 for Boston, and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists.

NETS 110, SUNS 103 Deron Williams had 35 points, his most since coming to New Jersey last season, and 14 assists as the Nets held off short-handed Phoenix for just their third victory in 12 games this season. Williams tied a career high with six 3-pointers, and MarShon Brooks scored 20 for the Nets.

Phoenix played without Steve Nash and Grant Hill because of injuries.

120, WIZARDS 89 Jodie Meeks tied a career high with 26 points, Lou Williams had 19 and Spencer Hawes added 10 points and 10 rebounds for host Philadelphia. The Sixers led by 34 points against hapless Washington, which dropped to 1-10.

All five starters scored in double digits for the Sixers (8-3), who lead the Atlantic Division.

MAVERICKS 102, BUCKS 76 Dirk Nowitzki became the 23rd N.B.A. player to surpass 23,000 career points as host Dallas won its fourth straight. Vince Carter finished with 16, his best with the Mavericks.

Nowitzki scored 11 points. His 23,008 career points are third among active players behind Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.

Brandon Jennings scored 19 for the Bucks, who were without Andrew Bogut because of concussion-like symptoms. Bogut hit the back of his head on the floor while taking a charge during a win Thursday over Detroit.

SPURS 99, BLAZERS 83, Tony Parker scored 20 points to help San Antonio stay unbeaten at home. All of the Spurs’ eight wins have come at home.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for the Blazer, who lost the veteran center Marcus Camby to a sprained ankle in the loss.

PACERS 95, RAPTORS 90 Tyler Hansbrough made two key free throws with less than 15 seconds to play, and George Hill scored 22 points as visiting Indiana overcame the second-period ejection of Danny Granger, its leading scorer. Granger was assessed a technical foul for arguing a noncall, then was given another one for staring down Toronto’s Ed Davis after a blocked shot.

PISTONS 98, BOBCATS 81 Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points as visiting Detroit prevailed in a matchup of teams with 2-9 records.

T’WOLVES 87, HORNETS 80 Kevin Love scored 34 points, and Ricky Rubio, in his first career start for visiting Minnesota, had 12 points and 9 assists.

Love added 15 rebounds for his 11th consecutive double-double.

ROCKETS 103, KINGS 89 Kyle Lowry’s 25 points led five double-digit scorers for host Houston. Tyreke Evans scored 27 points for Sacramento, which hired the Hall of Famer Alex English as an assistant coach.

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