BOSTON Tony Allen led Boston's backups on a 14-point run early in the second quarter and the Celtics rolled to a 119-101 win Monday night over Orlando after the Magic traded starting guard Cuttino Mobley.
Allen, a rookie guard, had two field goals and two steals in the surge that pushed a 32-28 lead to 46-28 with 3:14 gone in the period. The Celtics led by at least 14 points and as many as 27 the rest of the way and stopped Orlando's three-game winning streak.
Trail Blazers 109, 76ers 100
PHILADELPHIA Nick Van Exel made a team-record eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points, and Damon Stoudamire added 22 to help Portland snap a four-game losing streak with a win over the 76ers.
Zach Randolph scored 18 points and Ruben Patterson had 13 for the Trail Blazers, who won for only the second time in their last eight games. Portland made a season-high 14 3-pointers on 26 attempts, with Stoudamire adding five. Sebastian Telfair sank the other.
Lakers 105, Timberwolves 96
MINNEAPOLIS Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers went on a 24-7 run in the fourth quarter while he rested to rally past Minnesota.
Kevin Garnett had 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 16 points late in the second quarter.
Bulls 94, Warriors 85
CHICAGO Othella Harrington scored a season-high 20 points and Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and nine assists to lead the Bulls over Golden State.
Tyson Chandler scored 13 points and had eight rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four straight. They improved to 5-1 in January and have won 10 of 13.
Jazz 97, Spurs 96
SALT LAKE CITY Mehmet Okur's putback at the buzzer gave Utah a win over San Antonio, ending the Jazz's nine-game losing streak and nearly five years without a win against the Spurs.
Okur pulled down the ball after Keith McLeod missed a layup and banked it in as time expired and the home fans roared.
McLeod finished with 18 points and Carlos Boozer and Gordan Giricek each scored 13 points in Utah's first win against San Antonio since Feb. 6, 2000 93-90 in Salt Lake City. San Antonio won the next 18 against the Jazz.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Manu Ginobili scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth for San Antonio.
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