Rondo’s Triple-Double Lifts Celtics Over Spurs

Ray Allen scored 31 for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but he missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left and the Celtics up by 2. Glen Davis had 23 points — one short of a career high — playing in place of the injured .

Ginobili had 24 points for San Antonio (29-6). and Tony Parker had 18 points apiece for the Spurs, who were coming off a 128-115 loss to the in New York on Tuesday in which Coach Gregg Popovich pulled his three stars with more than three minutes left, down by just 11.

NETS 96, 94 Sasha Vujacic made the tie-breaking basket with 5.3 seconds left, and the host Nets snapped their five-game losing streak. Kris Humphries responded to a demotion with a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Devin Harris finished with 18 points and 11 assists for . Derrick Rose had 21 points for the Bulls, who lost for only the third time in 17 games.

MAGIC 97, 87 had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Orlando held off injury-depleted Milwaukee for its seventh straight victory.

SIXERS 109, 97 Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 26 points, and Philadelphia returned from its longest trip of the season to beat Washington, which is 0-17 on the road.

IN OTHER GAMES LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points to help Portland over Houston, 103-100, spoiling a sensational performance by Kevin Martin, who finished with a season-high 45 points … Joe Johnson scored 28 points, making five of seven 3-pointers, and Jamal Crawford added 26 off the bench as Atlanta beat Utah, 110-87 … Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists as Toronto ended an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland with a 120-105 win … Tyrus Thomas had 21 points and 11 rebounds and visiting Charlotte rallied from 8 points down in the final three minutes to pull out a 108-105 overtime victory over Minnesota … Monta Ellis scored 29 points and Golden State rallied to win in New Orleans, 110-103.

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