Celtics Awaken in Time to Beat Rockets 97-92 in OT

Boston has won five straight since the All-Star break, including two in a row in overtime. Houston has lost four in a row.

Ray Allen scored 21, including a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Boston the lead. But Rajon Rondo missed an open layup with a chance to clinch it in regulation, and Goran Dragic tied it for the Rockets.

Pierce scored seven points over a 2:05 span in overtime.

Luis Scola had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Samuel Dalembert had 11 points and 17 boards for Houston.

The Rockets, who had been outrebounded in 10 consecutive games, grabbed 57 rebounds to 38 for Boston, which beat the New York Knicks in overtime on Sunday.

Garnett finished with 13,100 rebounds, one more than O’Neal.

Rondo had 12 assists, but all of his nine points came in the first quarter.

Houston trailed 57-47 with 8 minutes left in the third but outscored the Celtics 21-6 over the rest of the quarter. Boston made just one basket in the final 8:58 of the period, and just one in the first 7:16 of the fourth.

The Celtics trailed 80-70 with 5:33 left before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking advantage of back-to-back Houston airballs and 24-second clock violations and making it a three-point game, 80-77, on a fast break from Pierce to Rondo to Allen with 2:49 left.

Houston again ran down the 24-second clock, with Kyle Lowry forcing up a 30-footer at the buzzer. This one caught the rim and Dalembert got the rebound and made a layup. Pierce made two free throws, then Garnett grabbed another defensive rebound — tying O’Neal — and made a pair of free throws to make it 82-81.

Courtney Lee missed a scoop shot, and Allen got the rebound. The Celtics moved the ball up in transition and then Allen got the ball in the left corner, sidestepped Lee’s lunge and drained a 3-pointer to give Boston an 84-82 lead with 36 seconds left.

Scola missed again for Houston and Allen got the rebound. Rondo broke for the basket and got the ball with a clear shot, but he missed the uncontested layup. Scola hit Dragic for a long jumper to tie it.

Allen had a contested shot at the buzzer to win it in regulation, but it went off the rim.

Allen opened the scoring in overtime, and after Dragic’s jumper, Garnett gave Boston an 88-86 lead. Pierce then ran off seven straight Celtics points, starting with a three-point play that gave them the lead for good.

Notes: Pierce has played in 998 NBA games, third all-time on the Celtics. … Rockets coach Kevin McHale, a former Celtic, got a big cheer when he was shown on the scoreboard before the game. … Dalembert fouled out with 48 seconds left in overtime. … Houston fell to 8-3 against the Eastern Conference this season.

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Gasol’s Blocked Shot Seals Lakers’ Victory in Boston

Gasol finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 17 rebounds to help the Lakers snap a two-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points.

Allen scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, which had won five in a row. But Garnett was 6 for 23 from the field, and Paul Pierce was 7 for 18, including missing an open jumper that rimmed out at the end of overtime. Allen tried to push the rebound in, but Gasol got his fingertips on the ball. “I was in the perfect position,” Allen said, “and he came out of nowhere.”

Gasol tipped in Bryant’s miss to tie the score at 82-82. The Celtics had a chance to win in regulation, but Pierce was trapped near midcourt and Mickael Pietrus was forced to fire up a no-chance 30-footer at the buzzer.

ALL-STAR RESERVES CHOSEN Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks was chosen for his 11th consecutive N.B.A. All-Star Game and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics was picked for the 10th time when the teams’ reserves were selected by coaches.

But the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett was not chosen after 14 consecutive selections, and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan was left out after 13 in a row.

Five first-timers were named: Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis’s Marc Gasol, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Chicago’s Luol Deng. Also headed to Orlando for the Feb. 26 game are Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and the Nets’ Deron Williams.

Voted to start by fans in the Eastern Conference were Orlando’s Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of Miami, Chicago’s Derrick Rose and the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. The West starters are the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

ROCKETS 96, SUNS 89 Luis Scola scored 16 points and Patrick Patterson added 14 to lead the visiting Rockets.

WARRIORS 109, NUGGETS 101 The host Nuggets lost their fifth straight as Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State.

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Celtics’ Jeff Green Out for Season With Aneurysm

Green is scheduled for an operation Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors have told him the operation “should completely repair Green’s condition and that he can expect to resume his N.B.A. career next season,” the Celtics said in a news release.

If so, the timing of his training camp physical — and the end of the N.B.A. lockout — might have saved Green’s life. Green has averaged 13.9 points in his career.

TIMBERWOLVES 117, BUCKS 96 Ricky Rubio wowed an eager crowd with some slick passing in his N.B.A. debut and Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Minnesota to a preseason victory over Milwaukee.

ROCKETS 101, SPURS 87 Luis Scola scored 20 points and Terrence Williams had 14 as the Rockets beat the short-handed Spurs in Houston.

PISTONS RE-SIGN STUCKEY The Detroit Pistons, who recently parted ways with guard Richard Hamilton, re-signed guard Rodney Stuckey, reportedly for $25 million over three years. Stuckey averaged a team-high 15.5 points last season.

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