Detroit’s Brandon Knight (7) tries to drive past the New York Knicks’ Raymond Felton (2) and Tyson Chandler during the second half on Sunday in New York.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 23 points and Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple double with 15 points and 16 assists as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Orlando Magic 116-110 in overtime Sunday night.
The Celtics won their second straight and earned their sixth consecutive win over the Magic. They return home Wednesday for a pair of home games, beginning with Brooklyn on Wednesday.
J.J. Redick scored 21 and Jameer Nelson had 20 for the Magic, whose loss snapped a two-game win streak.
Orlando led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter, but had 19 turnovers. It was the seventh straight game the Magic have had at least 15 turnovers.
The Magic host San Antonio on Wednesday.
76ers 104, Suns 101
PHILADELPHIA — Jrue Holiday had a career-high 33 points and 13 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers over the Phoenix Suns 104-101 on Sunday.
Evan Turner scored 16 points, Lavoy Allen had 11 and Thaddeus Young 10 for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Sixers (8-6) haven’t dropped three in a row all season.
Michael Beasley led the Suns with 21 points while Marcin Gortat added 18.
Sebastian Telfair scored 12 points, Jermaine O’Neal had 11 while Goran Dragic and Luis Scola had 10 each for the Suns (6-8), who had won two in a row.
It was the first stop of a six-game road trip for the Suns.
Knicks 121, Pistons 100
NEW YORK — Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor.
Now it’s right back on the road — or subway, for those so inclined — for the first chance to claim city supremacy.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who started 8-1 and had the Eastern Conference’s best record before a couple of defenseless performances in Texas spanning the Thanksgiving holiday. They were much better Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.
“We just kind of had a lapse those two games, I would like to think, and tonight was a lot better,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
New York takes the short trip to Brooklyn on Monday to face the Nets, a game that was supposed to be the season opener for both teams and the first matchup since the Nets moved from New Jersey before it was postponed because of Superstorm Sandy.
“If we don’t get up for this game, then I don’t know what games we’ll get up for,” said Anthony, a Brooklyn native. “It’s an inner-city game, New York vs. Brooklyn. To me, going back home, going back to my borough, playing my first game back there is a very special moment for myself.”
Brandon Knight scored 21 points and Charlie Villanueva had 17 for the Pistons, who have lost six straight games at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have been a much-improved defensive team under Woodson but had a slipup at the end of their road trip, allowing 114 points in a loss at Dallas and then yielding 131 while getting blown out Friday in Houston.
“It was just defense,” Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace said. “I think we were a little bit tired coming off that back to back. Being on the road so much for this past month, we were bound to run out of gas sooner or later. But good bounce back today, just played Knicks basketball and Knicks defense.”
Spurs 111, Raptors 106
TORONTO — Tony Parker called it was a game that “could have gone either way.” But with a perfect performance in the second overtime, Parker made sure his San Antonio Spurs came out on top.
Parker scored six of his 32 points in the second OT, Tim Duncan had 26 and the Spurs beat Toronto 111-106 Sunday, their fourth straight victory over the Raptors.
Duncan said no one was more vital to San Antonio’s win than Parker, who made all three shots he took in the second overtime and topped 30 points for the second straight game.
“He’s our closer and he has been that way for the last couple of years,” Duncan said. “He steps up and makes big shots for us. That’s what we ask him to do and he’s delivered for us.”
Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, Danny Green had 13 and Boris Diaw 11 as the Spurs won their third straight and improved their NBA-best road record to 7-1.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 29 points, while rookie Jonas Valanciunas had 22. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and Ed Davis had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost their past three games by a combined seven points.
Nets 98, Blazers 85
NEW YORK — Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, four blocked shots and three steals, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Brook Lopez had 15 for Brooklyn, which has won five straight games at Barclays Center. The 6-1 beginning on the new home court is the Nets’ best start since the 2002-03 season when they won 18 of their first 19 at home.
Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star forward was out with a stiff back.
Rookie Damion Lillard added 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The Blazers selected Lillard with the first-round draft pick they acquired in the Gerald Wallace trade with the Nets last spring.
On the eve of their first game at the Barclays Center against the crosstown New York Knicks, Williams and the Nets struggled with their shot until the fourth quarter.
Jared Jeffries made two free throws for Portland to tie it at 74 with 8:32 left, but the Nets responded with a 9-0 run. C.J. Watson got it started with a 3-pointer and Johnson capped it off with a jumper that made it 83-74 with 6:08 to go.
Williams made a 3-pointer, then found Kris Humphries for a layup to extend the lead to 94-80 with 1:57 remaining.
Humphries had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Jersey, which was supposed to host the Knicks on opening night but the game was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy. Andray Blatche scored 13 and fellow reserve Reggie Evans had 14 boards.
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