Bobcats 94, Celtics 91
Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and the Charlotte defeated Boston Monday night to snap the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, but missed a key 18-footer that would have given Boston the lead late in the game. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had chances to send the game into overtime in the final seconds, but missed open 3-pointers.
The 7-foot Mullens hit 10 of 16 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Ramon Sessions had 19 points for the Bobcats, including the go-ahead jumper from 18 feet with 25.7 seconds left. Kemba Walker had 18 points, six assists and six rebounds, and Gerald Henderson chipped in with 16 points.
Jeff Green had 18 points for the Celtics and Paul Pierce finished with 13 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
It was a back-and-forth game throughout.
After Henderson gave the Bobcats an 85-84 lead with 3:58 remaining, Jason Terry made a 3 from the wing and Garnett followed with a turnaround jumper in the lane to push the Boston lead to four.
It appeared as though the Bobcats were on their way to another fourth quarter collapse.
But trailing by four, Henderson hit a 3-point with 1:01 left. After Avery Bradley missed an open jumper, Sessions came free off a screen and knocked down an 18-footer to give the Bobcats the lead with 25.7 seconds remaining.
The Celtics called timeout but Garnett missed an 18-footer from the left wing. Mullens grabbed his 18th rebound and the Walker made a pair of key free throws to give the Bobcats a three-point lead with 14.8 seconds left.
Boston set up an inbounds play and Pierce got an open look but missed. He grabbed his own rebound and dished out to the wing for Bradley, but he missed a 3 as time expired.
Spurs 103, Bulls 89
Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points and Danny Green scored 18 on Monday night, helping short-handed San Antonio beat Chicago without its three biggest stars.
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were all out with injuries, and swingman Stephen Jackson also missed the game due to "personal business," according to the team. And the NBA-best Spurs still had enough talent to beat one of the Eastern Conference's best teams in its building.
Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter had 16 points apiece for San Antonio.
Nate Robinson scored 20 points and Richard Hamilton had 16 for the Bulls.
Nets 89, Pacers 84 (OT)
Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Brooklyn opened overtime on a 9-3 run to pull away from Indiana.
The Nets (30-22) won despite playing without injured guard Deron Williams.
George Hill scored 22 points and Roy Hibbert added 12 for the Pacers. All-Star Paul George finished with five points.
Clippers 107, 76ers 90
Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and Los Angeles cruised to victory.
Jamal Crawford also scored 20 points and Matt Barnes had 11 for the Clippers. Eric Bledsoe scored 10 points while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 10 rebounds.
Los Angeles won the finale with ease without guard Chauncey Billups and forward Caron Butler. Both players were nursing sore lower backs and were replaced in the starting lineup by Matt Barnes and Willie Green.
Nick Young led the Sixers with 29 points.
Wizards 102, Bucks 90
Rookie Brandon Beal scored a season-high 28 points as Washington earned a rare road win.
Monta Ellis had 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and nine rebounds.
Timberwolves 100, Cavaliers 92
Luke Ridnour scored 21 points, Ricky Rubio added 13 and 10 assists and Minnesota snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.
Kyrie Irving scored 20 points for the Cavs.
Hornets 105, Pistons 86
Ryan Anderson scored 31 points, Robin Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans beat Detroit.
Playing without star rookie Andre Drummond (back), the Pistons had no answer for New Orleans in the paint.
Reserve Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19 points.
Hawks 105, Mavericks 101
Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Devin Harris made a key steal in the final minute and Atlanta beat Dallas.
Al Horford had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Teague scored 20 points to help the Hawks win for just the second time in their last 10 road games.
With the Hawks up 99-98, Harris poked the ball from a driving O.J. Mayo and saved the ball from going out of bounds with 23.9 seconds left. Atlanta preserved the victory by hitting its final six free throws.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and Mayo added 19 for the Mavericks, who have lost two of the first three on a five-game homestand.
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