Bass' scoring in OT lifts Celtics over Wizards

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers entered the postgame interview room, heard a member of Boston's media relations department mention his team had Thursday off and decided being sarcastic was the best way to explain how poorly he felt his team played in victory.

"Because we executed so well we thought we'd give 'em the night off," Rivers said after Boston's 100-94 overtime win over the visiting Washington Wizards Wednesday night. "Well, we won the game. Right now that's the type of team we are. We're not playing great."

Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime for the Celtics. Kevin Garnett led Boston with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

76ers 77, Hornets 62: Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 12 assists, and Philadelphia held host New Orleans to its lowest point total ever. Evan Turner also scored 14, and Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 12 points for the 76ers, who dominated the second half defensively. The Hornets committed 14 of their 24 turnovers after halftime and scored only 25 points during the final two quarters. Al-Farouq Aminu was the only Hornets player to score in double figures with 10 points to go with 16 rebounds.

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Hawks 89, Pacers 86: Kyle Korver scored eight straight points in a late 18-0 run for Atlanta. David West and George Hill each scored 20 for the Pacers. The Pacers announced earlier Wednesday that forward Danny Granger is expected to miss up to three months after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis.

Suns 117, Bobcats 110: Shannon Brown hit six three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 24 points to lead visiting Phoenix. Marci Gortat had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. Michael Beasley added 21 points and 15 rebounds. -- AP

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