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Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010

Celtics whip Hawks for 12th straight win

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have had one important constant during the recent rash of injuries — the Big Three are still healthy.

Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 14 rebounds — one of three Boston players with a double-double — to lead the Celtics to their 12th straight win, 102-90 over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

Paul Pierce had 15 points and 10 assists and Glen "Big Baby" Davis had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen scored 18 points and Nate Robinson had 14 for the Celtics (21-4).

"We feel we should win the game. On most nights we're playing three or four All-Stars," said Pierce, who played as a point-forward for much of the second half.

Boston point guard Rajon Rondo missed the game after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday's win at New York. He's expected to be sidelined at least a week.

Marvin Williams had a season-best 26 points and Jeff Teague scored 18 for the Hawks.

Nets 97, Wizards 89

In Newark, N.J., Devin Harris had 29 points and nine assists and Brook Lopez added 18 points to lead New Jersey past Washington to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Reserve Nick Young led the Wizards with 22 points.

Spurs 113, Nuggets 112

In Denver, San Antonio's Manu Ginobili hit a running bank shot in the final seconds, then drew the foul that negated Carmelo Anthony's possible game-winning basket.

Tough break for Yao

HOUSTON (AP) Yao Ming's NBA career is in serious jeopardy after the Houston Rockets confirmed Thursday that the giant Chinese center has a stress fracture in his left ankle and will be out indefinitely.

The 225-cm Yao has been out since Nov. 10 with what had been called a bone bruise in the same ankle. An MRI performed Thursday revealed the stress fracture.

Yao, a seven-time All-Star, sat out last season after surgery to repair his broken left foot.

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