R. Allen boosts Celtics


January 12, 2009|By From Sun news services

Ray Allen was on a roll, so the Boston Celtics kept going to him.

Allen scored a season-high 36 points, including eight three-pointers, and the visiting Celtics (30-9) withstood a late rally to beat the Toronto Raptors (16-22), 94-88, yesterday, ending a four-game losing streak.

"When Ray gets it going, that's our focus," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "Feed the pig, that's what we always say. He was the hot guy, so we want to keep feeding him."

Allen wasn't sure what to make of Rivers' barnyard metaphor.

"We don't want the pig to get as fat as it possibly can," Allen said with a laugh. "One day you have to slaughter the pig."

76ers 109, Hawks 94: : Andre Iguodala scored 27 points as Philadelphia took advantage of the absence of Al Horford to dominate near the basket, and the visiting 76ers (17-20) posted their first four-game winning streak of the season.

Horford, the Hawks' starting center, bruised a bone in his right knee during Friday's loss at Orlando and will miss at least three more games, the team said.

The Hawks (22-14) have lost four of five in January, including their first three-game losing streak since Dec. 6-10.

Suns 109, Clippers 103: : Amare Stoudemire overcame early foul trouble to score 26 points, Jason Richardson and Grant Hill each had 21, and Phoenix sent host Los Angeles to its 11th straight loss.

Steve Nash had 14 points and 12 assists for the Suns (21-13), who blew a 15-point lead before notching their third straight road win to move a season-best eight games over .500. They have won five of their past six overall, including a 106-98 victory over the Clippers (8-29) on Jan. 2 in Phoenix.

Magic 105, Spurs 98: : Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Jameer Nelson had eight of his 22 in the final two minutes, and visiting Orlando (30-8) remained tied with the Celtics for the Eastern Conference lead in victories. Orlando has won four straight and 13 of 15 games.

Tony Parker scored 31 points for San Antonio (24-12), but he missed a pair of layups in the final two minutes as the Spurs closed the game by missing six of seven shots.

Warriors 120, Pacers 117: : Jamal Crawford scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.3 seconds left in a pell-mell fourth quarter, and host Golden State (11-28) ended a five-game losing streak.

Danny Granger scored 15 of his career-high-tying 42 points for Indiana (13-24) in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead three with 23.8 seconds left in a wild final period that had 12 lead changes.

Kings 102, Mavericks 95: : Kevin Martin scored 21 points, Francisco Garcia had seven during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and host Sacramento (9-29) ended a five-game losing streak.

Jason Terry scored a season-high 33 points for Dallas (22-15), including 15 in the third quarter.

Lakers 108, Heat 105: : Andrew Bynum scored a season-high 24 points, including a go-ahead follow shot with 18.5 seconds remaining, and lost Los Angeles (30-6) became the first Western Conference team to reach 30 victories. Miami fell to 19-17.

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