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ATLANTA — Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-81 on Saturday night.


Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Celtics erased a 19-point deficit in the second half and went on to consecutive wins for the first time since late November against Oklahoma City and Orlando.


Boston, which beat Indiana 94-75 on Friday night, had lost four straight road games.


Lou Williams scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half for Atlanta, which has lost two straight.


Knicks 114, Magic 106

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his season-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks outlast the Orlando Magic.


J.R. Smith added 18 points off the bench and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds.


The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating back to last season.


Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each had 29 points to lead the Magic, and Nik Vucevic contributed 11 points and 18 rebounds.


Orlando outrebounded New York 45-40, but had 14 turnovers as it extended its longest losing streak of the season to eight games.



Pacers 95, Bucks 80

INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Hibbert grabbed a career-high 11 offensive rebounds as the Pacers (20-14) won their seventh straight home game. George Hill added 14 points after missing Indiana's previous three games with a right thigh contusion.


The Bucks scored the first six points of the third to grab a 53-52 lead. But the Pacers responded with an 8-0 run and cruised from there.



Nets 113, Kings 93

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored 18 points in 17 minutes to lead six players in double figures, and the Brooklyn Nets got a nice effort from their reserves in beating the Sacramento Kings for their third straight victory.


One night after needing two overtimes to escape with a 115-113 victory in Washington, the Nets made sure the starters weren't too taxed. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both scored 15 points, but neither had to play even 30 minutes.


Reserves MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche each scored 15 points and Mirza Teletovic had a career-best 14 as the Nets scored a season-high 65 points in the first half and improved to 5-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.


DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who had won four of five overall and two straight on the road but were defenseless in the finale of their four-game trip.


Pacers 95, Bucks 80

INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Hibbert grabbed a career-high 11 offensive rebounds as the Pacers (20-14) won their seventh straight home game. George Hill added 14 points after missing Indiana's previous three games with a right thigh contusion.


The Bucks scored the first six points of the third to grab a 53-52 lead. But the Pacers responded with an 8-0 run and cruised from there.



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