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January 19, 2013

Rajon Rondo, Kirk Hinrich, Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah
AP

Celtics fall to Bulls in overtime thriller

- The Associated Press

BOSTON - Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 100-99 Friday night.

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points for Boston before fouling out with 1:16 to play in overtime.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points and Paul Pierce passed former Celtics star Robert Parish for 22nd on the NBA's career scoring list by chipping in 13 points. Pierce has 23,342 points and Parish 23,334.

Jason Terry's jumper pushed Boston ahead 99-98 in OT before Belinelli's game-winner.

The teams traded leads twice in the opening 3 minutes of overtime before Terry's 3-pointer from the right corner gave Boston a 93-92 lead with 1:57 to play. Butler had a basket on the other end to move the Bulls back in front and, after Boston missed on the offensive end, Rondo was called for a loose ball foul, sending Butler to the line. He nailed both, making it 96-93 with 1:16 left.

The Bulls had another three-point lead, 98-95, after Belinelli's two free throws with 51 seconds to go.

Pierce hit two from the line and Boston forced a 24-second violation, setting it up for Terry's go-ahead jumper from the right side with 12.5 seconds to play.

But Belinelli nailed his off-balance jumper. Courtney Lee's long shot at the buzzer caromed off the backboard as the horn sounded.

Kirk Hinrich's jumper with 2 seconds left for Chicago sent the game to overtime.

PACERS 105, ROCKETS 95: Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20, leading host Indiana past Houston.

76ERS 108, RAPTORS 101: Jrue Holiday had a career-high tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of Philadelphia's points in overtime, and the 76ers overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting Toronto.

NETS 94, HAWKS 89: Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and the Nets beat visiting Atlanta to earn a split of a home-and-home series.

GRIZZLIES 85, KINGS 69: Mike Conley scored 19 points, Marc Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds and the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak, at Memphis.

BOBCATS 106, MAGIC 100: Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, and Gerald Henderson added 17 points as the Bobcats snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over host Orlando.

NETS 94, HAWKS 89: Brook Lopez's blocked shot inside the final 43 seconds enabled the host Nets to hold on.

NOTES

SUNS: The Suns say the team and Coach Alvin Gentry have "mutually agreed to part ways."

Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record.

His 2010 squad, led by Steve Nash, advanced to the Western Conference finals.

But Nash left and the team underwent what has been a disastrous rebuilding effort. The Suns have lost 13 of 15 and their 13-28 record is worst in the Western Conference.





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