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Raptors avenge loss to Knicks

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots between Phoenix Suns guards Steve Nash, left, and Leandro Barbosa, right, in the third quarter of an NBA game Sunday in Phoenix. Allen finished with 31 points to help the Celtics beat the Suns 128-108.


TORONTO — Andrea Bargnani had 28 points and 10 rebounds Sunday to help the Toronto Raptors beat New York 111-100 two days after absorbing a 30-point loss against the Knicks.

Each of the Toronto starters reached double figures and four of the five had double-doubles. Anthony Parker scored 24 points, Shawn Marion had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Bosh added 11 points and 12 boards. Jose Calderon had 13 points and 11 assists.

Al Harrington scored 31 points and David Lee had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost nine straight games in Toronto and 11 of 12 overall against the Raptors. Chris Duhon also had 17 points.

Nate Robinson scored 12 in the fourth quarter and finished with 18. His layup with three seconds left gave New York 100 points for the 16th straight game.

The Knicks beat Toronto 127-97 at Madison Square Garden on Friday behind a career-high 32 points from Wilson Chandler, who was ineffective in the second half of the home-and-home.

Celtics 128, Suns 108

PHOENIX — Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 32 points to go with 10 assists and the Boston Celtics didn’t need Kevin Garnett to beat the Phoenix Suns.

Ray Allen scored 31 and Paul Pierce 26 in Boston’s first game since Garnett went down with a strained muscle in his right knee that is expected to sidelined him for at least two weeks.

The Suns have bigger problems, losing leading scorer and rebounder Amare Stoudemire following eye surgery on Friday. He won’t be able to resume physical activity for about eight weeks.

Pacers 98, Bulls 91

INDIANAPOLIS — Troy Murphy had a season-high 27 points and the Indiana Pacers survived a second-half stretch of 11 minutes without a field goal to beat the Chicago Bulls.

The Pacers, playing without injured leading scorers Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy, led 69-55 midway through the third quarter but did not score another field goal until a three-pointer by Murphy with 6:43 left in the final period.


Magic 122, Heat 99

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic withstood a career-high 50 points by Dwyane Wade to rout the Miami Heat.

Hedo Turkoglu had 20 points and Rafer Alston added 12 points and nine assists for the Magic, who have won 12 of the past 15 games against their Sunshine State rival.

Wade was potent from inside and out, scoring with high-flying dunks and soaring jumpers that had even some Magic fans chanting “M-V-P!”

Bucks 120, Nuggets 117

MILWAUKEE — Charlie Villanueva scored nine of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Denver Nuggets.

Villanueva tied his career high with seven three-pointers, and Ramon Sessions added 27 points for the Bucks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and Chauncey Billups added 21 for the Nuggets who ended a season-high eight-game road trip with a 5-3 mark.

Rockets 99, Bobcats 78

HOUSTON — Ron Artest scored 26 points, Yao Ming added 19 points and seven rebounds and the Houston Rockets continued to win without Tracy McGrady, beating the Charlotte Bobcats.

Luis Scola had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier sank three three-pointers for the Rockets, who’ve won four straight games and eight of the last nine McGrady has missed with a sore left knee.

Trail Blazers 116, Clippers 87

PORTLAND, Ore. — Steve Blake tied the NBA mark with 14 first-quarter assists and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled to a win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Blake matched the record set by San Antonio’s John Lucas during the second quarter against Denver on April 15, 1984. Blake finished with 17 assists.

Lakers 111, Timberwolves 108

MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant scored 28 points to move past Elgin Baylor into 20th place on the NBA’s career scoring list and the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves for a victory.

Lamar Odom had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 25 points for the team with the league’s best record.

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