MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Glen Davis scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the second half for a 105-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Ray Allen added 20 points and six assists, while Eddie House contributed 15 points as the Celtics won their third straight overall and fifth in a row over the Grizzlies.

Kevin Garnett, still playing limited minutes in his second game back from a right knee injury, scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes. Paul Pierce, Boston’s leading scorer with 20.5 points per game, was limited to six on 2-of-6 shooting.

Hakim Warrick scored 20 points for Memphis, which dropped its sixth straight at home and fourth in a row overall. Rudy Gay finished with 15 points on just 5-of-15 shooting, while O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley scored 12 apiece.

The Celtics broke open a close game at halftime by outscoring Memphis 26-17 in the third quarter. Then Boston opened the fourth quarter with a 14-4 run to lead by 23. At that point, Allen, Pierce and Garnett were done for the night, and the reserves played out the final quarter.

Memphis was able to stay close in the first half, despite Boston shooting better than 50 percent in the early going. In fact, both teams were making better than half their shots by intermission, the Celtics shooting 53 percent, while the Grizzlies were at 51 percent.

Memphis held its biggest lead of the half at 41-37 before the Celtics clicked off an 8-2 run, building a 52-48 lead at the break. Memphis was getting its points inside, holding a 24-14 advantage in the paint, while Boston was doing its damage from long range, connecting on six of its 11 shots from outside the arc.

Davis got untracked off the Boston bench, hitting five of his seven shots and going 5-of-6 on free throws for 15 points in the half, while Allen added 13.

Warrick had 12 to lead Memphis.

Neither team led by more than five, and there were 11 ties and 16 lead changes in the first half alone.

The second half would not be near that close.

The Celtics eventually got some breathing room in the third when consecutive jumpers from the left baseline by Garnett gave Boston its first double-digit lead of the night at 70-59. Kendrick Perkins’ 5-footer capped 10 consecutive points for the Celtics.

At that point, Garnett, who is playing about 7 minutes per half while recovering from the right knee strain, was on the bench. But the Celtics maintained the lead, carrying a 78-65 advantage into the fourth.

Cavaliers 102, Hawks 96

CLEVELAND – Mo Williams scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to their eighth straight win, 102-96 over the Atlanta Hawks.

The loss snapped the Hawks’ seven-game winning streak.

All of Atlanta’s wins during the streak came at home, but the Hawks found circumstances much more difficult at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers are 32-1. Cleveland (56-13) has the best record in the NBA and is 16-2 since the All-Star break.

Atlanta led briefly early in the game, but the Cavaliers went on a 12-0 run late in the first quarter to build a 23-9 lead. The margin ballooned to 40-16 early in the second quarter, leading to an afternoon of frustration for the Hawks.

Atlanta coach Mike Woodson picked up technicals in the second and third periods, and was ejected by official Joe Forte with 6:30 left in the third period. Mike Bibby and Josh Smith were also hit with technicals in the third period.

After trailing 100-84 with 3:06 to play, Atlanta cut the margin to 102-96 with 39.4 seconds left against the Cavaliers’ reserves, but the Hawks missed two 3-point attempts as the clock ran out.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 24 points, while Flip Murray added 22. Maurice Evans scored 15 and Bibby had 14.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas passed the 10,000 career point mark in the first period when he hit two foul shots. He scored 16 points.

Magic 110, Knicks 103

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rashard Lewis scored 27 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 20 and the surging Orlando Magic nearly blew a 15-point lead before holding off the New York Knicks 110-103.

Rafer Alston had 17 points, and Dwight Howard battled foul trouble to score 15 for the Magic, who have won nine of their last 11 games. The win kept Orlando (51-18) tied in the loss column with Boston for the Eastern Conference’s second-best record behind Cleveland.

Quentin Richardson scored 33 points, and Nate Robinson added 27 for New York (28-41), which has lost four straight games and was dealt another crushing blow to its already grim playoff hopes.

Adding to the losses, the injuries are suddenly piling up for New York.

Knicks center David Lee missed his first game of the season with tendinitis in his knees but was hopeful to return for the rematch against the Magic on Monday in New York. Larry Hughes left the game in the second quarter with a jammed left big toe and did not return.

But that was hardly an excuse for another poor defensive effort.

Lewis, Turkoglu and Alston all made 3-pointers during a third-quarter stretch that helped the Magic slowly open up a 15-point lead. Only when Howard picked up his fourth foul and was forced to sit for the rest of the period did the Knicks finally find their rhythm.

Pacers 108, Bobcats 83

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jarrett Jack scored 31 points and was nearly perfect a night after getting benched following a dispute with a teammate, and the energized Indiana Pacers dominated the Charlotte Bobcats 108-83 to snap a five-game losing streak.

Jack hit 13 of 14 shots, all four free throws and added six rebounds as the Pacers had their best performance in weeks and shook off Friday’s incident that saw Jack get into a heated argument with T.J. Ford in a loss to Dallas. Danny Granger added 21 points and Brandon Rush scored 15 for Indiana, which outscored Charlotte 33-9 in the third quarter.

Boris Diaw scored 15 points in a brutal performance by the Bobcats, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and their playoff hopes take a hit. Entering the night one game behind eighth-place Chicago in the Eastern Conference, the Bobcats were the target of boos by their home fans after shooting 3-of-19 in the third quarter and allowing Jack to roam free at the other end.

Jack’s only miss came on a 3-point attempt in the first minute of the second quarter. Constantly beating Raymond Felton off the dribble, Jack was two points shy of his career high despite sitting out the fourth quarter.

There were many culprits as the Bobcats’ successful stretch of nine wins in 12 games ended with a thud.

Gerald Wallace, who had scored at least 25 points in the past three games, had three points on 1-of-4 shooting. Raja Bell scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting that included a 10-second sequence where he threw up an airball and was called for a flagrant foul.


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