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Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010

Allen sparks Celtics

Garnett returns to lineup after 10-game absence

BOSTON (AP) Kevin Garnett missed 10 games with a knee injury.

Ray Allen missed just about everything else.

The forgotten member of Boston's new Big Three was shooting just 2-for-13 when he hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime to give the Celtics a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

"Ray is one of the great shooters of all time — right behind me. I told him that in the huddle," said Paul Pierce, who scored 24 before fouling out on a charging call on Boston's last possession of regulation. "We believe in him so much, no matter how he might be going."

Garnett returned after missing 10 games with a hyperextended right knee and scored 13 points, surviving first-half foul trouble to play more than 30 minutes. He wore a padded white brace on his knee, and it was taped and iced after the game.

"I felt good. I thought I had some decent energy," Garnett said. "The old '76 Pinto got banged up a little bit. But I just kept hitting the gas and kept going."

Lakers 115, Knicks 105

In New York, Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help Los Angeles bounce back from a disappointing loss and beat the Knicks.

Hawks 103, Bobcats 89

In Atlanta, Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Al Horford had 23 for the Hawks, who made 11 straight shots in the opening period and raced to a 16-point lead en route to a win.

Grizzlies 86, Thunder 84

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 25 points, including a game-winning 6-meter shot with 1.3 seconds left, and Zach Randolph also scored 25 points for the Grizzlies.

Magic 100, Kings 84

In Orlando, the Magic became the latest team to bully struggling Sacramento, getting 19 points and 15 rebounds from Dwight Howard to help his team build a 32-point lead.

76ers 92, Mavericks 81

In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams sizzled instead of sulking after getting bumped from the starting lineup, combining for 33 points from the bench to lead the Sixers over Dallas.

Raptors 101, Bucks 96

In Toronto, Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points as the Raptors came from 15 points down to beat Milwaukee.

Heat 112, Wizards 88

In Washington, Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, going 12-for-19 from the field with 10 assists to extend his domination of the Wizards this season.

Hornets 96, Timberwolves 94

In Minneapolis, James Posey scored on a driving layup at the buzzer for a second straight game to give New Orleans the win over the hosts.

Chris Paul had 23 points and nine assists for the Hornets.

Pacers 105, Pistons 93

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Danny Granger scored 25 points and Troy Murphy added 16 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana notched a rare road win.

Rockets 116, Spurs 109

In San Antonio, Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowry scored 23 points apiece, and Houston ended a five-game road skid with a win over the Spurs.

San Antonio's Tim Duncan became the 35th player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points.

Warriors 111, Nets 79

In Oakland, Stephen Curry scored a career-high 32 points, Corey Maggette added 29 points and Golden State beat New Jersey despite losing leading scorer Monta Ellis to a right ankle injury.

Bulls 115, Suns 104

In Phoenix, Derrick Rose scored 32 points on 15-for-21 shooting and Chicago shot 51 percent to win its fifth road game of the season while handing the Suns only their fifth home loss.

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