Celtics 92, 76ers 79
Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and Boston won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia, beating the 76ers Saturday night.
Paul Pierce finished with 13 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists and collected nine rebounds, one night after his first triple-double of the season. Rondo had just seven points.
Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 22 points and Evan Turner scored 13. The 76ers have lost three of four.
Philadelphia won Friday when Turner hit the go-ahead basket in the lane with 3.9 seconds left in overtime and Rondo missed a game-ending shot after he slipped along the left baseline.
The Celtics led by 20 at halftime, but what looked like a rout quickly tightened late in the third quarter.
Boston led 65-44 before the 76ers scored 13 straight points over a 2:54 stretch. Turner had a pair of baskets and Jrue Holiday nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing, but the Celtics scored the final five points of the quarter and led 70-57 entering the final 12 minutes.
They pushed the lead back to 18 points midway into the fourth and coasted to the win.
Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said before the game that Celtics starters Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry had played a large amount of minutes in their careers and there was no way his team should be more tired than Boston. Celtics coach Doc Rivers first agreed that "he's right," but later joked that he might tell his players.
Bulls 93, Knicks 85
Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng scored 22 points apiece as Chicago beat New York, snapping the Knicks' five-game winning streak.
Belinelli scored 15 points in the first quarter, while Deng had 10 in the fourth, giving the Bulls their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. One night after putting up career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds in a win at Detroit, Joakim Noah just missed an odd triple-double, getting 10 points and 11 rebounds but committing a career-worst 10 turnovers.
Raymond Felton led the Knicks with 27 points, matching his season high set on Thursday in a victory at Miami. However, Felton was just 9 for 30 from the field, exceeding his career high for field-goal attempts by six shots.
Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot a season-low 32.1 percent from the floor and matched a season high with 15 turnovers. It was also a season-low point total for New York.
The Knicks again played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who missed his second straight game because of stitches in the middle finger of his left hand. Anthony, who is third in the NBA with 26.4 points per game, was hurt in a win over Charlotte on Wednesday.
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