Amir Johnson made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left, Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and the host snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Celtics with a 102-101 victory Sunday.
A shot by Paul Pierce bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded, giving Toronto its first victory against Boston since a 114-112 road win on Jan. 23, 2008.
Boston, which lost by 89-84 at home to Oklahoma City on Friday, absorbed consecutive defeats for the first time this season. “We can’t just show up,” a frustrated said. “We’ve got to play some D. These teams we’re playing against are very high-caliber offense teams.”
Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Sonny Weems scored 16, Leandro Barbosa had 12 and Jose Calderon 11 for the Raptors, who have won a season-high three straight. Reggie Evans finished with 16 rebounds and a season-high 9 points.
117, WARRIORS 89 Pau Gasol had 28 points and was 10 for 10 from the field, added 20 points and the host Lakers took a 30-point lead in the first half of their fourth straight victory. had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat their upstate rivals for the 11th straight time, including twice at Staples Center in three weeks.
75, KINGS 71 David West had 17 points, and Trevor Ariza added 16 to help visiting New Orleans improve to 11-1.
The Hornets have won three straight to match San Antonio for the best record in the
Donte Greene had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have dropped 9 of 10.
115, 110 Richard Hamilton scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime in host Detroit’s victory. The Wizards’ star rookie, John Wall, missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained left foot. He was on the Wizards’ active list, and Coach Flip Saunders said before the game that he hoped to get a few minutes out of him, but Wall watched in street clothes.
HASLEM HAS TORN LIGAMENT A magnetic resonance imaging test confirmed that Udonis Haslem, Miami’s leading rebounder, tore a ligament in his left foot during the fourth quarter of a loss in Memphis on Saturday. He will see a specialist Monday.