Celtics win in OT; streak hits 12

Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers, 122-117, in overtime last night to increase their winning streak to 12 games.

Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five steals, Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Eddie House had 15 points for Boston (20-2). The visiting Celtics are on their longest winning streak since 1986, when they won 14 straight on their way to the NBA title.


Marquis Daniels led Indiana with a season-high 26 points. Danny Granger scored 20 but shot just 7-for-22 from the field.

Indiana is one of two teams to beat Boston this season, and the Pacers nearly pulled it off again by shooting 50 percent from the field against the league's top defensive team.


It was the most points the Celtics have allowed this season.

Boston defeated Indiana, 114-96, on Wednesday. Rajon Rondo had a triple double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 17 assists that night, but had only seven points, seven rebounds and six assists last night.

It was an unusually close call for the Celtics. They had won their previous 11 games by an average of 14 points.

Trail Blazers 98, Raptors 97: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points, Steve Blake (Maryland) made a clutch three-pointer with eight seconds left, and Portland spoiled Toronto coach Jay Triano's home debut.

Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 24 and blocked six shots, and Chris Bosh added 19 points, but it wasn't enough to give Triano his first win. Blake finished with 19 points.

Knicks 104, Pistons 92: Chris Duhon had 25 points and nine assists, Quentin Richardson scored 23, and host New York blew most of a 29-point lead before ending a three-game losing streak.