Garnett Joins Rondo on Celtics’ Sideline

Garnett left in the first quarter with a leg injury, and the looked ragged without him in a to the on Wednesday night. Boston lost for only the second time in 17 games, and the Celtics are suddenly facing some adversity they hope is not too serious.

“It is a muscle injury, not a knee,” Boston Coach said. “You always worry when a guy goes down without anyone around him, because those always seem to be severe injuries, so that was the first thing that went through my mind.”

Boston played without point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle. The Celtics have been able to win without him, but it was a struggle from the start against the Pistons.

When Garnett dunked for his only 2 points of the game, he had a pained look on his face before he landed and was careful to avoid putting too much weight on his right leg. X-rays revealed no fracture. Garnett had surgery on his right knee in May 2009 after missing all of that year’s playoffs.

THUNDER 114, NETS 93 Kevin Durant scored 27 points before taking the fourth quarter off and host past the error-prone Nets.

The Thunder forced a season-high 23 turnovers and bounced back from a loss in what is becoming trademark fashion. The Thunder is 10-1 after a loss this season. Devin Harris and Brook Lopez each scored 19 points to lead , who have lost their past three games by a combined 51 points.

HEAT 125, 119 Dwyane Wade scored 45 points and Miami extended its winning streak on the road to 10 games with a victory in Houston.

Wade shook off a hard foul from Aaron Brooks early in the fourth quarter to reach 40 points for the 30th time in his career. scored 20 points and had 9 assists and Chris Bosh scored 21 points for , which set a franchise record with its 15th win in December.

119, T’WOLVES 113 Denver’s Chauncey Billups scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three huge 3-pointers to keep host .

Michael Beasley scored 33 and Kevin Love had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the , who missed a chance for their first three-game winning streak since February of last season.

103, 88 was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, and he responded by scoring 24 points as Los Angeles convincingly ended a three-game losing streak in New Orleans.

added 20 points as the Lakers snapped out a funk in which they had lost by 15 or more points in their previous three games.

HAWKS 103, WARRIORS 93 Josh Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford had 21 points and 15 rebounds for host Atlanta, which and four of five.

104, 90 Nick Young had 25 points and 9 rebounds to. Mike Dunleavy had 20 points for the Pacers, who have lost seven of their last nine games, all by more than 10 points.

101, cavaliers 92 Stephen Jackson scored 38 points, D. J. Augustin added 28 and host under the interim coach Paul Silas with a victory over Cleveland.

123, 110 Jrue Holiday scored 25 points to lead Philadelphia to a victory in Phoenix. Evan Turner scored 23 points off the bench and Andres Nocioni finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Steve Nash had 23 points and 15 assists to lead Phoenix, and added 18 points in his Suns debut.

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