Boston Celtics top New Jersey Nets

Boston Celtics 94, New Jersey Nets 82
Paul Pierce (right) had 17 points to lead the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Celtics past New Jersey on Saturday.

NEWARK, N.J. — Avery Bradley hit three consecutive 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 18 points in a game-deciding third quarter as the Boston Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 94-82 Saturday night.


Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics, who have won 10 of 13, and 20 of 28 to take over first place in the Atlantic Division.

Rajon Rondo added 15 assists, Brandon Bass had 18 points and Paul Pierce 17 for Boston, which limited New Jersey to 34 second-half points in beating the Nets for the third time in three games this season.

Gerald Green had 15 points to lead New Jersey while rookie Jordan Williams had 12 points and career-best 14 rebounds in recording his first double-double. Deron Williams had 12 points and 14 assists.



In Minneapolis, Kevin Durant scored 43 points and Russell Westbrook had 35 and eight assists to keep Oklahoma City atop the Western Conference with a victory over Minnesota.

Durant scored 16 in the final seven minutes for the Thunder (44-16), who started the day one game ahead of the Spurs – but tied in the loss column – for the top seed in the West.



In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 28 points and 13 assists, and Los Angeles beat Golden State to close within a game of the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead.

Blake Griffin added 20 points, DeAndre Jordan 18 and Mo Williams 14 in the Clippers’ third consecutive win and 11th in their past 13 games.

They are also chasing the idle Lakers for the third seed in the Western Conference with six games remaining.

The Clippers’ 36 wins are their most since they won 40 games in 2006-07.



In Memphis, Tenn., O.J. Mayo scored 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally Memphis past Utah.

The Jazz held a four-point lead early in the final period, but Mayo scored 10-consecutive points to erase the advantage. His 3-pointer with 46 seconds left gave the Grizzlies enough of an advantage to win for the fifth time in six games overall and seventh in a row at home.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 26 points, 18 in the second half, and 12 rebounds. Nate Robinson led Golden State with 28 points.



In Washington, Luke Harangody had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Parker scored 15 points and Tristan Thompson added 14 to lead Cleveland past Washington.

John Wall scored 19 points to lead the Wizards.