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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Granger Leads Pacers Past Celtics

Paul George and Darren Collison each scored 17 points and Roy Hibbert added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers (9-3), who won their third straight. The Pacers improved to 5-0 at home, with four wins by double digits.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both scored 21 points for the Celtics, but Brandon Bass was the only other Celtic in double figures with 10 points. Boston (4-7) fell to 1-4 on the road.

It was Indiana’s second win in two tries against the Celtics this season. Indiana won at Boston 87-74 on Jan. 6.

The Pacers held the Celtics to 39 percent shooting.

Indiana led 56-48 at halftime, then took control after the break.

Hibbert blocked a shot by Garnett, then Collison drained a 3-pointer at the other end to give the Pacers a 67-54 lead and force Boston to call timeout.

Pierce hit a 3-pointer right out of the timeout, but Indiana quickly reasserted itself. A 6-0 run, including a jumper and a fast-break layup by Collison, helped Indiana take a 75-60 lead. Collison’s baskets were part of a 9-0 run by the Pacers during which they held the Celtics scoreless for five minutes.

Collison scored 11 points in the third quarter to help Indiana take an 82-67 lead. The Pacers held the Celtics to 7-for-22 shooting in the period.

Indiana never looked back. A dunk by George gave the Pacers a 91-73 lead with just over four minutes remaining.

Notes: Pierce passed Kevin McHale and moved into third place in Celtics history in games played (972). He still trails John Havlicek (1,270) and Robert Parish (1,106). … Purdue coach Matt Painter attended the game to watch two of his former players, Boston forward JaJuan Johnson and Boston guard E’Twaun Moore. Moore and Johnson both entered the game in the second quarter. Moore hit a 3-pointer late in the third quarter and finished with seven points. Johnson had a dunk in the final minute and finished with four points. … Ray Allen, who entered the game leading the league in 3-point percentage, made 1 of 3 and finished with seven points. … Boston failed to score more than 100 points for the ninth straight game.

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Dirk Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Past the Celtics

Dallas led most of the game, but Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer — just his second basket of the night — to tie it at 85-85 with 25 seconds to play. Rajon Rondo scored 24 points for Boston, and Garnett had 16 points with 10 rebounds.

NUGGETS 123, NETS 115 Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points and Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer each had 19 to lead Denver to a home win.

The Nets’ Jordan Farmar had a game-high 26 points, while Anthony Morrow scored 23 and Deron Williams had 16 points and 13 assists. The Nets set a season high for 3-pointers with 20. Farmar was 6 for 8 behind the arc. LAKERS 90, JAZZ 87 Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Andrew Bynum blocked an Al Jefferson shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift Los Angeles over Utah, ending the Jazz’s winning streak at five.

The win was the first on the road for the Lakers, while Utah dropped its first home game after starting 5-0.

Bryant, who scored 48 on Tuesday against the Suns, missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it in regulation for Los Angeles. Paul Millsap led Utah with 29 points.

PACERS 96, HAWKS 84 Danny Granger scored 24 points and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Pacers improve to 7-3. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 16 points and Joe Johnson had 15.

KINGS 98, RAPTORS 91 Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points while DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as the Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto.

Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score a season-high 24 points for the Raptors. THUNDER 95, HORNETS 85 Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City won in New Orleans. Russell Westbrook had 22 points for the Thunder, who won their fifth in a row.

Chris Kaman and Carl Landry had 17 points for New Orleans.

78, WIZARDS 64 John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points while filling in for the injured Derrick Rose, and host Chicago beat Washington for its third victory in three nights.

SPURS 101, ROCKETS 95 Tony Parker hit four free throws late in overtime to help San Antonio beat Houston. Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting to lead the Spurs. San Antonio is 7-0 at home.

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