BOSTON – Rudy Gay’s jumper with 2.6 seconds left lifted the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-96 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Chucky Atkins scored 19 points and Lawrence Roberts added a career-high 18 points for the Grizzlies, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-9 on the road.

The Grizzlies squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, but Gay bailed them out when he took a Mike Miller pass and sank a long jumper from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds left.

Sebastian Telfair missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer for Boston.

Paul Pierce scored 25 points and Gerald Green scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who lost their fourth straight.

With Boston trailing 90-73 midway through the fourth quarter, Green sparked a 21-4 run to tie it. Delonte West’s 3-point play completed the comeback with 40.4 seconds remaining, but after the team traded baskets Gay got open from beyond the free-throw line for the winner.

Playing without Wally Szczerbiak, who missed his second game with a sprained left ankle, the Celtics struggled on offense until the closing minutes. The Celtics turned the ball over 21 times for 28 Grizzlies points.

Boston was also without center Kendrick Perkins, who sat out with plantar fasciitis.

The Grizzlies shot 21-of-23 from the free-throw line in the first half to take a 46-44 halftime lead despite shooting 33 percent.

After a Ryan Gomes layup gave Boston a 52-50 lead early in the third quarter, Memphis went on a 13-2 spurt to take a big lead. Hakim Warrick tied it 52, Stromile Swift made a pair of free throws on the next possession to put Memphis up and Jones capped it with a short jumper give Memphis a 63-55 lead with 3:07 remaining in the period.

Pacers 94, Magic 80

INDIANAPOLIS – Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington each scored 26 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 94-80 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Jermaine O’Neal added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Jeff Foster grabbed 18 rebounds for the Pacers (10-10), who returned home after losing their final three games of a six-game road trip.

Cavaliers 95, Raptors 91

CLEVELAND – LeBron James scored 26 points and did everything Cleveland needed him to in the final minutes, rallying the Cavaliers to a 95-91 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

With Cleveland down by seven, James dished out three assists, grabbed a rebound and scored five points – two on a dunk – during a 13-0 burst that put the Cavs ahead 90-86. After Fred Jones drained a 3-pointer for Toronto, James fed Donyell Marshall for a 3 to make it 93-89 with 17.9 seconds remaining.

Spurs 96, Bobcats 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tim Duncan shook off a slow start to score 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs avenged a surprising home loss to Charlotte with a 96-76 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 13 points for the Spurs, who won their third straight game.

Wizards 113, Knicks 102

NEW YORK – Gilbert Arenas scored 38 points, and the Washington Wizards used a sizzling performance from 3-point range to beat the New York Knicks 113-102 Wednesday night for their first road victory of the season. In a complete turnaround from their last visit to New York, the Wizards went 14-of-20 from behind the arc, tying the franchise record and matching an NBA season high for makes. In a 102-82 loss at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15, the Wizards tied an NBA record for futility by misfiring on all 15 3-point attempts.

Wolves 90, Rockets 84

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 12 rebounds and led a strong defensive effort by Minnesota against Houston and Yao Ming on Wednesday night, guiding the Timberwolves to a 90-84 victory.

Yao had 14 points and eight rebounds, shooting only 5-for-19 from the field. Tracy McGrady didn’t do much for the Rockets, either, finishing with 14 points on 5-for-21 shooting.

Bucks 102, Blazers 94

MILWAUKEE – Michael Redd scored 33 to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trailblazers 102-94 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Redd score 19 of his points after the end of the third quarter, including a key basket early in overtime. The Bucks took the lead right away in the extra session on a slam dunk by Ruben Patterson. After an offensive foul call on Portland’s Zach Randolph, Redd hit a long jump shot to put Milwaukee ahead 90-86 with 2:57 left in overtime.


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