Boston wins 5th in a row

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BOSTON --- Kevin Garnett scored 21 points, Paul Pierce added 20 and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists on Friday night to lead the Boston Celtics to their fifth consecutive win, a 110-86 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Boston's Kevin Garnett (left) is fouled by Utah's Al Jefferson on Friday night. Garnett scored 21 points in the victory.  Charles Krupa/AP Photo
Charles Krupa/AP Photo
Boston's Kevin Garnett (left) is fouled by Utah's Al Jefferson on Friday night. Garnett scored 21 points in the victory.

Deron Williams had a season-low five points for the Jazz, who have lost three in a row. Earl Watson scored 12 for Utah, while Paul Millsap, Gordon Hayward and Andrei Kirilenko had 11 apiece.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis scored 15 and Semih Erden had a career-high 14 points for Boston, which scored the last 11 points of the first half and never trailed by fewer than 17 in the second.

Williams made just one basket -- his fewest in almost 12 months -- to end a string of 48 consecutive regular-season games of double-digit scoring.

SUNS 109, WIZARDS 91

In Washington, Channing Frye scored 25 points and led a third-quarter 3-pointer run and Phoenix won its season-high fifth game in a row, beating Washingtonto move within a game of .500.

Former Augusta State star Garret Siler scored four points for the Suns in his first action since Jan. 11 at Denver.

MAGIC 112, RAPTORS 72

In Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds, helping Orlando rout Toronto.

Ryan Anderson added 21 points for Orlando. Howard earned his 31st double-double of the season, J.J. Redick scored 12 points and Brandon Bass finished with 10.

NETS 89, PISTONS 74

In Newark, N.J., Anthony Morrow led a key second-half run in his first game since mid-December to lead New Jersey to a victory over Detroit.

The victory was the Nets' 12th, tying the total they had last season (12-70) when they were the NBA's worst team.

Brook Lopez had 15 points and Kris Humphries had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets.

BUCKS 102, CAVALIERS 88

In Cleveland, Andrew Bogut scored 23 points, Corey Maggette added 20 and the Milwaukee Bucks took their turn beating up Cleveland with a win over the Cavaliers, who lost their 15th consecutive game.

The Bucks sent the Cavaliers to their 25th loss in 26 games.

Antawn Jamison and Ramon Sessions scored 22 apiece for Cleveland. 


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