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Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal bulled over Joakim Noah and the Bulls for 12 points last night.

BOSTON » Mean. Ugly. Not a lot of love. Yep, that pretty much describes how Kevin Garnett treated Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls last night.

Garnett scored 20 points with a season-high 17 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 104-92 victory over the Bulls and leave Noah wondering if it was wise to call the Celtics star "mean" and "ugly" on a Chicago radio station last month.

"Everybody has an opinion," Garnett said, cutting off that line of questioning. "I’m not entertaining, nor addressing nobody’s."

Rajon Rondo scored 12 points and had 19 assists, Paul Pierce scored 18 and Ray Allen had 14 points as Boston never trailed in its sixth consecutive win.

Derrick Rose scored 20 points with eight assists, and Carlos Boozer scored 12 points in 21 minutes in his second game after missing the first month of the season with a broken bone in his right hand.

Noah, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds, said on WMVP-AM last month that he grew up with a poster of Garnett on his wall, but Garnett was mean to Noah when he was a rookie and he no longer admires the Celtics star. He went on to call Garnett ugly — in both looks and personality — and said he’s "just (a) very mean guy."

"Kevin Garnett will not — will not — get a Christmas gift from me. I don’t like him," Noah said on WMVP-AM. "Just where is the love, know what I’m saying? None at all."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he doesn’t think Garnett was thinking about those comments when he manhandled the Bulls.

"I don’t think he needed that. I don’t think they liked each other before that," Rivers said. "Kevin’s going to play. If you’re going to talk, he’s still going to play."

 

Knicks 100, Hornets 92

When the Hornets were able to interrupt Amare Stoudemire’s dominance inside, the Knicks responded with enough 3-pointers to make New Orleans pay.

Stoudemire had 34 points and 10 assists to power New York to its eighth win in nine games.

New York went 13-for-30 from 3-point range.

 

Raptors 111, Thunder 99

Andrea Bargnani had 26 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 22 points.

Oklahoma City lost for the first time in four games this season without forward Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer at 27.3 points per game. Durant missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee.

 

Wizards 83, Trail Blazers 79

On a night that top draft pick John Wall struggled in his return to the starting lineup, Washington turned in its best defensive performance of the season.

The Wizards held Portland to 10 points in the third quarter and a season-worst 33.3 shooting percentage to win despite getting only 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting and a career-low two assists from Wall.

 

Magic 104, Pistons 91

Brandon Bass scored a career-high 27 points, and Orlando overcame a stomach virus that sidelined four key players.

Orlando was without star center Dwight Howard, and Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus were also unavailable because of the stomach bug. In spite of all that, the Magic won their sixth straight game.

 

Rockets 127, Grizzlies 111

Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and matched his career best with 12 assists.

Kevin Martin also had 28 points, while Brad Miller contributed a season-high 23 points in Houston’s sixth straight win over Memphis. All have been by 10 points or more.

 

Bobcats 91, Nets 84, OT

Stephen Jackson scored 25 points, Boris Diaw added a career-best 16 rebounds and Charlotte recovered from a fourth-quarter meltdown.

After the Bobcats blew a seven-point lead with just over a minute left in regulation, Jackson hit four straight free throws in the final 31 seconds of OT.

 

Hawks 93, 76ers 88

Al Horford’s three-point play with 31 seconds remaining gave Atlanta its first lead and the Hawks won their fifth straight.

The Hawks trailed 85-72 in the final quarter before closing out the game with a 21-3 run. Marvin Williams led Atlanta with 22 points.

 

Suns 105, Pacers 97

Channing Frye scored a season-high 29 points, Jason Richardson added 21 and Phoenix rallied to beat road-weary Indiana.

 

Spurs 107, Timberwolves 101

Tim Duncan scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds to help San Antonio rally from a 15-point deficit to beat Minnesota.

 

Nuggets 109, Clippers 104

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, J.R. Smith had 21 and Denver held off Los Angeles to win its sixth straight and give coach George Karl his 998th career win.

 

Lakers 113, Kings 80

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, Pau Gasol added 16 despite a strained left hamstring, and Los Angeles easily snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over struggling Sacramento.

 

Mavericks 93, Jazz 81

Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points on 12-for-18 shooting, Caron Butler added 16 points and Dallas beat Utah to extend its winning streak to eight games.

Dallas improved to 15-4 and ended a five-game losing streak in Utah.

 

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Celtics 104, Bulls 92

CHICAGO
Boozer 4-10 4-6 12, Deng 5-13 2-4 15, Noah 5-8 4-7 14, Rose 7-17 5-5 20, Bogans 0-1 0-0 0, Brewer 2-4 2-4 6, Gibson 3-8 4-4 10, Watson 2-5 3-3 8, Korver 2-6 0-0 4, Asik 1-2 1-1 3, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Scalabrine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-74 25-34 92.

BOSTON
Pierce 8-16 2-2 18, Garnett 7-11 6-6 20, S.O’Neal 5-6 2-4 12, Rondo 6-11 0-0 12, Allen 5-12 4-4 14, Davis 3-6 0-0 6, Daniels 3-7 2-4 8, Erden 3-3 1-2 7, Robinson 2-6 0-0 5, Wafer 1-3 0-0 2, Harangody 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-81 17-22 104.

Chicago 19 29 19 25 92
Boston 31 22 29 22 104

3-Point Goals–Chicago 5-13 (Deng 3-4, Watson 1-2, Rose 1-5, Bogans 0-1, Korver 0-1), Boston 1-9 (Robinson 1-3, Wafer 0-1, Allen 0-2, Pierce 0-3). Fouled Out–S.O’Neal. Rebounds–Chicago 43 (Noah 10), Boston 52 (Garnett 17). Assists–Chicago 18 (Rose 8), Boston 29 (Rondo 19). Total Fouls–Chicago 17, Boston 23. Technicals–Noah, Garnett, Boston defensive three second. A–18,624 (18,624).

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division W L Pct GB
Boston 15 4 .789
New York 11 9 .550 4 1/2
Toronto 8 11 .421 7
New Jersey 6 14 .300 9 1/2
Philadelphia 5 14 .263 10
Southeast W L Pct GB
Orlando 15 4 .789
Atlanta 13 7 .650 2 1/2
Miami 12 8 .600 3 1/2
Charlotte 7 12 .368 8
Washington 6 12 .333 8 1/2
Central W L Pct GB
Chicago 9 8 .529
Indiana 9 9 .500 1/2
Cleveland 7 11 .389 2 1/2
Milwaukee 6 12 .333 3 1/2
Detroit 6 14 .300 4 1/2

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest W L Pct GB
San Antonio 16 3 .842
Dallas 15 4 .789 1
New Orleans 13 6 .684 3
Memphis 8 12 .400 8 1/2
Houston 7 12 .368 9
Northwest W L Pct GB
Utah 15 6 .714
Denver 12 6 .667 1 1/2
Oklahoma City 13 7 .650 1 1/2
Portland 8 11 .421 6
Minnesota 4 15 .211 10
Pacific W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 14 6 .700
Phoenix 10 9 .526 3 1/2
Golden State 8 11 .421 5 1/2
Sacramento 4 13 .235 8 1/2
L.A. Clippers 4 16 .200 10

Yesterday
Charlotte 91, New Jersey 84, OT
Toronto 111, Oklahoma City 99
Washington 83, Portland 79
Atlanta 93, Philadelphia 88
Orlando 104, Detroit 91
Houston 127, Memphis 111
New York 100, New Orleans 92
Boston 104, Chicago 92
San Antonio 107, Minnesota 101
Denver 109, L.A. Clippers 104
Phoenix 105, Indiana 97
L.A. Lakers 113, Sacramento 80
Dallas 93, Utah 81

Today
Atlanta at Miami, 2:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m.
Houston at Chicago, 3 p.m.
Cleveland at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Orlando at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m.
Dallas at Sacramento, 5 p.m.

Tomorrow
Boston at New Jersey, 8 a.m.
New York at Toronto, 8 a.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Golden State at Oklahoma City, 1 p.m.
New Orleans at San Antonio, 1 p.m.
Memphis at Denver, 3 p.m.
Washington at Phoenix, 3 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Portland, 4 p.m.

NBA LEADERS

THROUGH THURSDAY
Scoring

  G FG FT PTS AVG
Durant, OKC 16 142 130 437 27.3
Bryant, LAL 19 171 138 507 26.7
Rose, CHI 15 149 69 387 25.8
Ellis, GOL 19 183 81 474 24.9
Nowitzki, DAL 18 169 96 447 24.8
Westbrook, OKC 19 152 157 467 24.6
James, MIA 20 160 143 483 24.2
Gordon, LAC 17 134 120 409 24.1
Stoudemire, NYK 19 164 124 457 24.1

Rebounds

  G OFF DEF TOT AVG
Love, MIN 18 85 184 269 14.9
Noah, CHI 16 66 132 198 12.4
Evans, TOR 15 65 117 182 12.1
Howard, ORL 18 51 166 217 12.1
Gasol, LAL 19 68 158 226 11.9
Griffin, LAC 19 71 150 221 11.6
Camby, POR 18 61 132 193 10.7
Odom, LAL 19 49 150 199 10.5
Biedrins, GOL 19 66 125 191 10.1

Assists

  G AST AVG
Rondo, BOS 15 207 13.8
Paul, NOR 18 189 10.5
Williams, UTA 20 204 10.2
Nash, PHX 16 160 10.0
Kidd, DAL 18 167 9.3
Wall, WAS 11 99 9.0

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