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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bucks stand ground to drive back Celtics

MILWAUKEE (AP) A serious mismatch on paper, it looked even more ridiculous in real life: Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, all of 185 cm and 77 kg, standing up to Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis — a player 20 cm taller and nearly 59 kg heavier. Still, Jennings didn't back down from an on-court confrontation with Davis in the fourth quarter. The rookie's aggressive reaction to a hard foul midway through the period appeared to kick-start the Bucks, who came back and took down yet another Eastern Conference heavyweight with a 86-84 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday.

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Up for grabs: Utah's Carlos Boozer loses control of the ball as Chicago's Brad Miller looks on during the Jazz's 132-108 win on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

"No doubt about it," Jennings said. "Once that happened, I said, 'Oh, yeah, it's on now.' "

Andrew Bogut had 25 points and 17 rebounds for Milwaukee, which was coming off Saturday's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers — although it didn't have to face LeBron James.

The Bucks went on an 18-9 run after the confrontation between Jennings and Davis, which started with a hard foul by Davis on Jennings' fast-break layup attempt and ended with the two players being separated on the court.

"He probably thought he got hit a little harder than he should have, and stood up for himself," Bogut said. "He's a young kid that's going to speak his mind, and we need that."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he wished Davis had just walked away, but Rivers had bigger concerns — namely his team's inability to stop Bogut.

"He killed us," Rivers said. "I thought he set the table for them all night. They kept getting the ball to him. I thought he was the difference."

Lakers 109, Raptors 107

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant hit a 5.2-meter fallaway jumper with 1.9 seconds left, and the Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter to snap their three-game losing streak.

Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left to tie it for Toronto, which outplayed the defending champions for most of the first three quarters before losing on another big shot by Bryant, who scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter.

Bobcats 83, Heat 78

In Charlotte, Stephen Jackson scored 17 points, Raymond Felton added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Bobcats used a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Miami in a key game for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.

Jazz 132, Bulls 108

In Chicago, Deron Williams got the better of Derrick Rose, finishing with 28 points and a season-high 17 assists, and C.J. Miles scored a season-best 26 points to lead Utah.

Williams threw down a hard dunk on Rose during a 13-1 run late in the third quarter that broke a 77-all tie and sent the Jazz to their 22nd win in 27 games.

Magic 113, Clippers 87

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and the Magic rolled past Los Angeles to tie a season high with six straight victories.

Jameer Nelson had 17 points and Rashard Lewis added 15 to help Orlando take a 26-point halftime lead and cruise to a blowout after beating the Lakers in an NBA Finals rematch Sunday.

Trail Blazers 88, Kings 81

In Portland, Brandon Roy scored 19 points and hit a clinching jumper with just over two minutes left, leading the Blazers to their fifth straight victory over Sacramento.

Pacers 107, 76ers 96

In Indianapolis, Dahntay Jones scored 25 points and the Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak.

Brandon Rush had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Troy Murphy added 19 points for Indiana (21-43), which won for just the second time in nine games.

Rockets 96, Wizards 88

In Washington, Luis Scola had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 21 points, and Houston moved back above .500.

The Rockets took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and were hardly threatened in the second half by the Wizards, who have lost four straight.

Dunleavy exits L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Dunleavy and the Los Angeles Clippers parted company for good Tuesday, barely a month after he relinquished his head coaching duties to focus solely on being general manager.

Now that arrangement is over, with the team announcing his departure in an e-mailed statement. Assistant general manager Neil Olshey will take over Dunleavy's job.

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