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Rookie leads the Celtics to record win over Orlando


Tony Allen led Boston's backups on a 14-point run early in the second quarter and the Celtics rolled to a 119-101 win on Monday night over Orlando after the Magic traded starting guard Cuttino Mobley.

Allen, a rookie guard, had two field goals and two steals in the surge that pushed a 32-28 lead to 46-28 with 3:14 gone in the period. The Celtics led by at least 14 points -- and as many as 27 -- the rest of the way and stopped Orlando's three-game winning streak.

At halftime, the Magic announced that Mobley and forward Michael Bradley, who is on the injured list, had been traded to the Sacramento Kings for guard Doug Christie.

The Celtics improved to 8-2 in their last 10 home games and were led by Paul Pierce with 18 points. Rookie Jameer Nelson had a career-high 19 points and Steve Francis added 18 for the Magic, who lost for the sixth straight time in Boston.

Trail Blazers 109, 76ers 100

In Philadelphia, Nick Van Exel made a team-record eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points, and Damon Stoudamire added 22 to help Portland snap a four-game losing streak with a win over the 76ers.

Zach Randolph scored 18 points and Ruben Patterson had 13 for the Trail Blazers, who won for only the second time in their last eight games. Portland made a season-high 14 3-pointers on 26 attempts, with Stoudamire adding five. Sebastian Telfair sank the other.

Van Exel scored 15 points on five 3-pointers during the third quarter when Portland took a 26-point lead.

Allen Iverson shook off a sprained right ankle to score 21 points with nine assists and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. Iverson crashed hard while driving to the basket early in the fourth and came up rubbing his left thigh. He left and watched the rest of the game from the bench.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 22 points and Kenny Thomas had 16.

Lakers 105, Timberwolves 96

In Minneapolis, Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers went on a 24-7 run in the fourth quarter while he rested to rally past Minnesota.

Kevin Garnett had 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 16 points late in the second quarter.

Chucky Atkins had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Chris Mihm scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

Other results: Bulls 94, Warriors 85; Jazz 97, Spurs 96

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