NBA: Missed chances end Celtics' seven-game win streak

2013-02-12T00:00:00Z NBA: Missed chances end Celtics' seven-game win streakThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated Boston 94-91 Monday night to snap the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, but missed a key 18-footer that would have given Boston the lead late in the game. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had chances to send the game into overtime in the final seconds, but missed open three-pointers.

Ramon Sessions had 19 points for the Bobcats, including the go-ahead jumper from 18 feet with 25.7 seconds left.

• Spurs 103, Bulls 89: In Chicago, Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points and Danny Green scored 18, helping short-handed San Antonio win without their three biggest stars.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were all out with injuries, and swingman Stephen Jackson also missed the game due to "personal business," according to the team. And the NBA-best Spurs still had enough talent to beat one of the Eastern Conference's best teams in its building.

Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter had 16 points apiece for San Antonio, which improved the league's best road record to 19-10.

• Timberwolves 100, Cavaliers 92: In Cleveland, Luke Ridnour scored 21 points, Ricky Rubio added 13 and 10 assists and Minnesota snapped an eight-game road losing streak.

Ridnour dropped a critical three-pointer with 1:43 left for the banged-up Timberwolves, who hadn't won on the road since Jan. 3 - star center Kevin Love's last game before he was lost indefinitely with a broken hand.

Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota ended a four-game losing streak and improved to 4-16 since losing Love.

• Clippers 107, 76ers 90: In Philadelphia, Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and the Clippers cruised.

Jamal Crawford also scored 20 points and Matt Barnes had 11 for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers.

The Clippers won with ease without guard Chauncey Billups and forward Caron Butler. Both players were nursing sore lower backs and were replaced in the starting lineup by Barnes and Willie Green.

• Nets 89, Pacers 84: In Indianapolis, Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Brooklyn opened overtime on a 9-3 run to pull away.

The Nets ended a five-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and won for just the second time in games overall despite playing without injured guard Deron Williams.

• Hornets 105, Pistons 86: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Ryan Anderson scored 31 points, Robin Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans won for the third time in eight games.

New Orleans had lost of five of seven coming in, but was in control for the final 40 minutes even though Eric Gordon sat out to rest his knee.

• Wizards 102, Bucks 90: In Milwaukee, Rookie Brandon Beal scored a season-high 28 points to help Washington to a rare road win.

The Wizards have won four consecutive games and 11 of 18. They are 10-7 since John Wall returned from injury and won for the fourth time in 25 road games this season.

• Hawks 105, Mavericks 101: In Dallas, Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Devin Harris made a key steal in the final minute for Atlanta,

Al Horford had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Teague scored 20 points to help the Hawks win for just the second time in their last 10 road games.

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