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Published — Sunday 23 December 2012
Last update 23 December 2012 3:11 am
BOSTON: Monta Ellis scored five of his 27 points in overtime and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in the teams’ final meeting this season 99-94 on Friday night despite blowing a seven-point lead late in regulation.
The Bucks won for the sixth time in eight games, taking three of four against the Celtics, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped despite 35 points by Paul Pierce.
Luc Mbah a Moute scored 20 points and Larry Sanders had 17 and 20 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Jeff Green scored 14 points, Kevin Garnett 12 and Courtney Lee 11 for the Celtics.
Pierce, who scored a season-high 40 points in Boston’s previous game, sent the game to OT by hitting a 3 with 2.5 seconds left.
76ERS 99, ATLANTA 80: At Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Turner scored 21 points to help the 76ers snap a five-game losing streak. Jason Richardson added 17 for the Sixers.
The 76ers held the Hawks to 39 percent shooting and outrebounded them 45-37.
The Sixers learned before the game that injured center Andrew Bynum had been cleared to start a six-step rehabilitation process.
Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points and Lou Williams scored 13.
GRIZZLIES 92, MAVERICKS 82: At Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 26 points, and Zach Randolph had 17 points and 13 rebounds to help Memphis win its fourth straight game. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter led the Mavericks with 14 points apiece.
SPURS 99, HORNETS 94: At San Antonio, Tony Parker had 25 points and Tim Duncan added 15 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio handed Charlotte its 10th straight loss. Anthony Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans.
RAPTORS 93, MAGIC 90: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists as Toronto won its fifth straight game.
Aaron Afflalo scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the first time in five games.
PACERS 99, CAVALIERS 89: At Cleveland, Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 16 to help Indiana deal Cleveland its sixth straight loss.
David West added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Gerald Green had 14 points — with a ferocious dunk — as the Pacers won for the fifth time in six games. Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on just 5-of-16 shooting for the Cavs.
PISTONS 100, WIZARDS 68: At Auburn Hills, Greg Monroe had 15 points and nine rebounds and rookie Andre Drummond added a double-double as Detroit ended a six-game losing streak with a rout.
The Pistons got 15 points from Brandon Knight and 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from Drummond.
Washington only dressed nine players and lost its sixth straight. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 20 points.