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NBA: Celtics beat Golden State for their sixth straight home victory

AP , BOSTON

Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, center, goes for the basket defended by San Antonio Spurs guards Manu Ginobili, right, and Michael Finley during the first quarter of their NBA game in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Ray Allen scored 21 points and Boston beat Golden State 105-82 on Wednesday to record a sixth straight home victory.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both had double-doubles for the Celtics, who improved to 9-1 overall and have won their six home games by an average of 22 points. Garnett had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Pierce added 19 points and 10 boards.

Spurs 128, Magic 110

At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored a season-high 32 points and San Antonio beat Orlando for their third straight victory.

The Spurs improved their home record to 7-0, while the loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Magic, who had won their first seven road games.

Pistons 98, Knicks 86

Chauncey Billups had season highs with 25 points and 15 assists, directing Detroit over slumping New York at Auburn Hills, Michigan.

New York have lost eight straight, the NBA's longest losing streak this season and speculation is growing that coach Isiah Thomas' job may be in jeopardy.

Wizards 114, Bobcats 111, OT

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Caron Butler helped make up for the loss of leading scorer Gilbert Arenas at least for a night, scoring 39 points to lead Washington over Charlotte in overtime.

With the Wizards receiving the jolting news that their star will be out for about three months after Arenas underwent knee surgery earlier in the day, Butler scored seven points in overtime, including two free throws with 15.5 seconds left to give Washington a three-point lead.

Washington continued its turnaround from an 0-5 start.

Cavaliers 97, Timberwolves 86

At Minneapolis, LeBron James had 45 points, eight rebounds and five assists to carry Cleveland over Minnesota.

Despite playing the second game of a back-to-back, James topped 40 points for the second time in the past three games.

Mavericks 100, Rockets 94

At Houston, Devin Harris scored 22 points and converted a key three-point play in the closing minutes and Dallas rallied from a double-digit deficit for the second straight game.

Wednesday's other results:

* Hawks 82, Heat 79

* Bucks 110, Lakers 103

* Pacers 105, Hornets 93

* Raptors 95, Grizzlies 89

* Nets 106, Trail Blazers 101

* Clippers 101, Nuggets 90

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