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NBA: Salt Lake City pulls level with Portland after 97-88 victory

AP , SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Washington Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson, left, runs into Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during their game in Washington on Thursday.

PHOTO: AP

Mehmet Okur scored 21 of his 27 points in the first half, putting Utah on course for a 97-88 win over Portland on Thursday and pulling the Jazz level with the Trailblazers in the NBA’s Northwest Division.

Okur added 10 rebounds for Utah, which is now level with Portland, one behind divisional leader Denver.

Celtics 122, Wizards 88

In Washington, Boston crushed Washington to set a fresh franchise record for the best start to a season.

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce scored 22 points apiece, and Kevin Garnett nearly had a triple-double, as Boston notched a 13th consecutive victory to move to 21-2. It is the Celtics’ longest winning streak since a 14-game run in 1985-1986.

Garnett finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in three quarters.

In Thursday’s other game, it was:

• Mavericks 95, Bobcats 90

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