NBA: Celtics' Green takes down Suns in 1st start of season

2013-02-23T00:00:00Z NBA: Celtics' Green takes down Suns in 1st start of seasonThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Jeff Green scored 31 points in his first start of the season and the short-handed Boston Celtics routed the Phoenix Suns 113-88 on Friday night.

Chris Wilcox had 13 points off the bench, and Avery Bradley and Jason Terry scored 13 each for the Celtics, who moved two games ahead of Milwaukee for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Green started in place of 36-year-old Kevin Garnett, given a rest with Boston playing its third game in four nights. Green responded by going 11 of 14 from the floor and setting his season high for points.

Paul Pierce scored only eight on 3-of-5 shooting for his fourth single-digit game of the season. But that mattered little to the Celtics, who were dominant from the opening tip in snapping a two-game skid.

• Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 107: In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting, and grabbed seven rebounds in the Lakers' win.

Dwight Howard added 19 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

• Warriors 107, Spurs 101, OT: In Oakland, Calif., David Lee had 25 points and 22 rebounds for Golden State. Jarrett Jack added 30 points and 10 assists.

• Rockets 106, Nets 96: In New York, James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points, and the Houston Rockets tied their longest winning streak against any opponent by beating the Brooklyn Nets for the 13th straight time.

Houston blew most of a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delfino hit a three-pointer with 1:54 left. He made another jumper before Harden followed with a three to put it away.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points for the Nets, who played without starting guard Joe Johnson for the first time this season because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

• Raptors 100, Knicks 98: In Toronto, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and Toronto handed New York its season-worst fourth straight loss. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points for the Knicks.

• Thunder 127, Timberwolves 111: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and Oklahoma City avoided losing four in a row for the first time since April 2009.

• Bulls 105, Bobcats 75: In Charlotte, N.C., Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Chicago routed the Bobcats.

• Pacers 114, Pistons 82: In Indianapolis, David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15 and surging Indiana beat Detroit. Former UA guard Will Bynum had 17 points for the Pistons.

• Wizards 119, Nuggets 113: In Washington, Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Washington put on one of its best offensive shows of the season against Denver.

• Hawks 122, Kings 108: In Atlanta, Al Horford led Atlanta's balanced scoring with 24 points and the Hawks overcame a slow start to beat Sacramento.

• Grizzlies 88, Magic 82: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards, and Memphis beat short-handed Orlando for its sixth straight victory.

The Magic had only seven players available because of injuries and trades from Thursday.

• Mavericks 104, Hornets 100: In New Orleans, Vince Carter capped a 22-point performance with a three-pointer that gave Dallas the lead with 6.5 seconds left, and the Mavs held on to beat New Orleans for their third straight win. The Hornets' Anthony Davis left in the third quarter with a sprained right knee.

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