Celtics Overcome Kevin Love’s 24 Rebounds to Edge Timberwolves

Love had 24 rebounds and 12 points, but he put up an air ball with just over a minute left and Minnesota trailing by a point. Michael Beasley scored 19, including Minnesota’s last 8 points, but his desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the backboard.

Ray Allen scored 20, Glen Davis had 17 points and Rajon Rondo added 16 assists for the Celtics, who have not lost to the Timberwolves since Minnesota traded to Boston in the summer of 2007.

MAGIC 110, WARRIORS 90 Hedo Turkoglu had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and added 22 points and 17 rebounds, leading host Orlando over Golden State.

Jason Richardson scored 20 points for the Magic, which had 66 points in the second half after trailing by 53-44 at halftime.

HEAT 96, 82 had 38 points, Dwyane Wade 31, and Miami dominated the second half to beat short-handed Charlotte, giving its 11th road win in a row.

Playing for the first time against Paul Silas, his first coach in Cleveland, James scored 26 of his points in the second half.

Charlotte played without starting the forward Gerald Wallace (ankle) and center Nazr Mohammed (knee) the same day tests revealed that the backup big man DeSagana Diop was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.

84, 77 David West scored 17 points, Chris Paul added 15 and New Orleans beat visiting Philadelphia for its first three-game winning streak since before Thanksgiving.

102, 97 Deron Williams scored 22 points, including two late free throws, as host Utah beat Detroit, giving the Jazz its 11th straight victory over the Pistons.

113, 106 had 33 points and 11 rebounds as host Denver pulled ahead late in the fourth to beat Houston.

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