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Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists for New Orleans, which won for only the third time in seven games. had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

“I just think we did a great job of getting stops when we needed to,” Paul said. “Trevor hit a timely 3 right there at the end when we didn’t have anything going for us.”

Ray Allen led Boston with 18 points, but he hit the back of the rim with a desperation 3 in the closing seconds. Paul Pierce had 12 points. Boston has lost three of four since winning 14 in a row.

The Celtics again played without two key performers. Forward was out with a strained right calf, an injury sustained Wednesday against Detroit. Point guard Rajon Rondo, who leads the league with 13.8 assists a game, missed his seventh consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.

“Obviously they’re a different team without those guys, but it’s a good win for us,” Paul said.

90, 75 scored 19 points and Jared Dudley added 19 off the bench for host Phoenix. The Suns made 12 of 27 3-pointers, extending a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

90, NETS 81 Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 15 rebounds as host Chicago won for the 12th time in 14 games. Brook Lopez led with 19 points, and Travis Outlaw and Stephen Graham each scored 16.

The Nets, outscored by a combined 51 points in their previous three games, were able to stay close against the surging Bulls, who lead the Central division. The Nets trailed, 75-73, after a tip-in by Derrick Favors midway through the fourth quarter, but Boozer converted a 3-point play, Derrick Rose made two free throws and, just like that, the Bulls were up, 80-73.

114, 105 Host Houston scored 42 points in a second-quarter surge. Chase Budinger came off the bench to score 22 and Kevin Martin added 20 for the Rockets, who have won six of seven. DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points for Toronto, which has lost four of five.

95, 86 Indiana took control with a 20-4 run in the second quarter, getting 8 points from T. J. Ford in a spurt that produced a 45-26 lead. Washington, which shot 2 of 14 in the quarter, dropped to 0-16 on the road.

THUNDER 103, HAWKS 94 Kevin Durant made a season-high five 3-pointers and scored 33 points, and Russell Westbrook finished off a triple-double with his 10th assist in the final seconds for host Oklahoma City. Durant was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers during a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter as the Thunder put the game away.

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists — the last assist coming when he rushed the ball to Serge Ibaka for a dunk with 6.9 seconds left instead of running out the clock. Players stayed on the court for a few moments as the Hawks were apparently upset by the final sequence.

WARRIORS 96, 95 Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Stephen Curry added 24 for visiting Golden State. Stephen Jackson had 22 points for Charlotte, but missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left that could have given the Bobcats their third consecutive win under the interim coach Paul Silas.

ANTHONY RETURNS TO practiced with the Nuggets after taking eight days off after the death of his sister. … center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two games with a broken cheekbone.

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