February 20

NBA Roundup: Suns knock off Celtics, 100-94

Rajon Rondo leads Boston with 18 points.

The Associated Press

PHOENIX — Markieff Morris scored 18 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns held on to beat the Boston Celtics 100-94 on Wednesday night.

Goran Dragic and Gerald Green added 17 points apiece for Phoenix. Channing Frye added 15, among them a crucial 3-pointer with 1:20 left.

Markieff’s twin brother, Marcus, scored 10 of his 11 in the second half, including a 32-footer at the third-quarter buzzer. P.J. Tucker had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who took the lead for good with a 17-0 second-half run, then used free throws to hold off the Celtics at the end.

Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 10 assists for the Celtics. Jeff Green added 17 points.

TIMBERWOLVES 104, PACERS 91: Kevin Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added a career-high 17 assists as Minnesota won at home.

J.J. Barea scored 12 points off the bench as the Wolves took control early against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Paul George led Indiana with 35 points, but managed just two in the fourth quarter as the Pacers lost for the third time in five games, never once taking a lead.

It was Love’s eighth straight game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, the longest streak since Shaquille O’Neal accomplished the feat Jan. 3-19, 2005.

Love has an NBA-best 14 games with 30 points and 10 rebounds this season.

CAVALIERS 101, MAGIC 93: Kyrie Irving scored 22 points as the host Cavaliers won their sixth straight.

Irving, MVP of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday, paced a balanced offense that extended the Cavaliers’ longest winning streak since they won eight in a row in March 2010. That was LeBron James’ final season in Cleveland.

Luol Deng scored 17 points, and Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson each added 16 for Cleveland.

The Magic have lost 14 consecutive road games and are an NBA-worst 3-25 away from home.

BOBCATS 116, PISTONS 98: Al Jefferson scored 29 points, Kemba Walker had 24 points and a career-high 16 assists at Charlotte, N.C., as the Bobcats beat Detroit for the second straight night.

The win gives Charlotte (25-30) a sweep of the season three-game series and a 2 1/2-game lead over the Pistons in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

WIZARDS 114, HAWKS 97: John Wall scored 21 points and Washington recovered after almost blowing a 20-point lead to beat the reeling Hawks at Atlanta.

Paul Millsap had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost seven straight.

Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each had 19 points for the Wizards, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

KNICKS 98, PELICANS 91: Carmelo Anthony capped a 42-point performance with three clutch baskets in the last two minutes, and New York snapped a three-game skid with a win at New Orleans.

BULLS 94, RAPTORS 92: Carlos Boozer scored 20 points, D.J. Augustin had 19 against his former team and Chicago won its fourth straight with a victory at Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 32 points.

NOTES

NETS-KINGS: Brooklyn acquired guard Marcus Thornton from Sacramento for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.

LAKERS-WARRIORS: A person familiar with the deal says Los Angeles traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, who played for the Maine Red Claws earlier this season.

KNICKS: Iman Shumpert left the game against the Pelicans on Wednesday night with a sprained left knee.

Shumpert’s injured knee is the same one that sustained a torn ACL in his rookie year.

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