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NBA: Clippers too hot for Rockets to handle

FLYING START:Jeremy Lin, who scored 14 points, said Houston just did not do enough defensively during a first period when the Los Angeles Clippers ‘were on fire’

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In Boston, Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, as the Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Bulls 71-69.

Paul Pierce went only 2 for 12 from the floor, but he hit a three-pointer that bounced around the rim to give Boston a five-point lead with three minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8 percent, but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots.

Joakim Noah had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer had 11 and 11 for Chicago. Reserve Marco Belinelli added 12 points in under 20 minutes for the Bulls.

In New York, reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team as Toronto beat New York 92-88 for a fourth straight victory.

DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Rudy Gay because Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was just as bad. Anthony finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but shot 5 of 24 for the Knicks, who dropped their final two games leading into the All-Star break.

J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 26 points. Raymond Felton had 16, but shot 3 of 9.

Gay finished with 11 points one night after hitting the go-ahead basket with 4.9 seconds left in a victory over Denver.

In other NBA games it was:

‧ Mavericks 123, Kings 100

‧ Nets 119, Nuggets 108

‧ Pacers 101, Bobcats 77

‧ Hawks 108, Magic 76

‧ Pistons 96, Wizards 85

‧ Bucks 94, 76ers 92

‧ Jazz 97, Timberwolves 93

‧ Hornets 99, Trail Blazers 63

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