Boozer leads Bulls past Pistons in overtime

Posted Dec. 26, 2010, at 9:45 p.m.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Rose added 23 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 95-92 in overtime Sunday night.

Rose also had eight assists. Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 17 points.

Detroit sent the game to overtime when Charlie Villanueva tipped home a missed shot with 0.6 seconds left. The Pistons missed three shots on the possession, but grabbed all three offensive rebounds.

Detroit led briefly in the extra session, but the Bulls took advantage of Prince’s three straight turnovers to take a 91-88 lead with 1:33 left.

Rodney Stuckey got Detroit within one, but Boozer beat Prince for a layup with 41 seconds to go. Villanueva got it back to one, and Rose missed a 3-pointer, giving Detroit a chance to win.

Stuckey missed an off-balance jumper with 6 seconds left, and Kyle Korver hit a pair of free throws. Villanueva then took contested 27-footer at the buzzer, and missed badly.

Magic 86, Celtics 78

ORLANDO, Fla. — The remolded Magic are the NBA’s new streak-busters.

Brandon Bass scored 21 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and the Orlando Magic ended the Boston Celtics’ winning streak at 14 games Saturday for back-to-back wins against the NBA’s best.

A Magic team that had dropped eight of nine games and orchestrated two blockbuster trades suddenly looks awfully scary in the Eastern Conference after a pair of victories over Boston and San Antonio.

Jameer Nelson (12 points) and J.J. Redick (10 points) each made a jumper in the final minutes to help Orlando rally from 12 points down in the second half to cap another big come back.

Kevin Garnett had 22 points, and Paul Pierce added 18, but injuries finally caught up with the Celtics against the team they beat last season in the East finals. Boston hadn’t lost since Nov. 21 at Toronto.

“I just thought we went away from executing offensively and we just didn’t get any stops down the stretch,” Pierce said.

The Celtics had Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard in foul trouble for the first three quarters. He didn’t even score his first field goal until a minute into the fourth quarter, a hook shot over Glen Davis to trim Boston’s lead to four.

A few plays later, Howard was wrestling with Shaquille O’Neal for position when he drew a sixth foul on O’Neal by easily falling to the ground. And O’Neal, accused by Van Gundy of flopping in a game two years ago that fueled fodder between the two, wasn’t happy with the whistle.

The Magic tied it at 77 on Bass’ short jumper with 1:56 remaining. Nelson followed with a 3-pointer, leaving his hand in the air and chest-bumping teammate Jason Richardson in a frantic celebration near the bench. And after Garnett made one of two free throws, Redick rolled in a jumper from about 20 feet to put Orlando ahead 82-78.

Ray Allen and Nate Robinson each had airballs in the final seconds, and Nelson made four free throws to seal another huge victory for a Magic team that was falling apart only days prior. Two trades so far have made all the difference.

Clippers 108, Suns 103

LOS ANGELES — Rookie Blake Griffin had 28 points and 12 rebounds for his 18th straight double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix for the first time in 10 games.

The victory was the Clippers’ first against their Pacific Division rivals since Jan. 15, 2008, and only their fourth in 19 meetings since losing Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix.

Eric Gordon scored 24 points, and Baron Davis had 15 points and nine assists. Newly acquired Mickael Pietrus had a season-high 25 points for Phoenix, and Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 15 assists.

Timberwolves 98, Cavaliers 97

CLEVELAND — Michael Beasley scored on a driving layup with 5.9 seconds left and finished with 28 points to help Minnesota snap its losing streak at seven.

Beasley scored after Antawn Jamison’s basket with 10.6 seconds left gave Cleveland the lead.

Luke Ridnour scored 23 points to help Minnesota improve to 7-24. Love added 16, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and had 18 rebounds for his NBA-leading 26th double-double. Jamison led Cleveland with 24 points. The Cavaliers are 1-13 in their last 14 and 8-22 overall.

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