Celtics Take Advantage Of LeBronless Heat – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James sat out Miami's game against Boston with back spasms last night, and it showed. The Boston Celtics took advantage of the superstar's absence and scored a 101-96 victory over the Heat. Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points. Point guard Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) just missed a triple double with 9 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Heat fell to 2-1 in games without James, who poured in 43 points in the Heat's 100-96 win at Cleveland on Tuesday night. Against Boston, the Heat placed six players in double figures, but nobody with more than Dwyane (dwayn) Wade's 17 on 7-of-17 shooting.
In other NBA action:
— The beat goes on for the Philadelphia 76ers. They lost their 22nd straight game -- four shy of tying the NBA record for longest single-season losing streak -- as D.J. Augustin scored 20 in the Chicago Bulls' 102-94 win over the Sixers.
— The San Antonio Spurs are the hottest team in basketball. The Spurs won their 11th in a row, 125-109 over the L.A. Lakers. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 25 points and five assists.
— Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 for their season-high seventh straight victory. Jackson, their new team president, was watching from a midcourt seat.
— Kevin Love scored 35 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and the Minnesota Timberwolves hung on for a 123-122 victory over Dallas. Ricky Rubio had a triple-double with 22 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
— Aaron Brooks had 27 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Detroit Pistons 118-109 for their fourth win in five games.
— Zach Randolph scored 21 points, Marc Gasol (guh-SAWL') added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 96-86 victory over the Utah Jazz.
— Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams scored 23 points, Joe Johnson added 20 and the Brooklyn Nets overcame a late deficit to win their 10th straight home game, 104-99 over the Charlotte Bobcats.
— Atlantic Division-leading Toronto scored a 107-100 victory over New Orleans. DeMar DeRozan was high man for the Raptors with 31.
— The Phoenix Suns ran away from Orlando 100-93. Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch) led the way with 18.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Woodson isn't mad the New York Knicks wanted Phil Jackson for his job. And if Jackson wants a coach to run the triangle offense, Woodson knows someone who could do it.
Woodson says he "absolutely" could teach it, though he said he could do it better if Jackson helped him. It's the coach's first remarks since Jackson was installed as Knicks president.
Jackson said he wouldn't insist on the triangle, the offense he used to win 11 championships as a coach. But he spoke passionately about the offense and its principles, so it may be his hope.