Celtics forced to rally to hold off Suns

Jeff Green scored 14 points, rookie Jared Sullinger added 12 points and 16 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics recovered from a dreadful third quarter and held off the slumping Phoenix Suns, 87-79, last night.

The Celtics survived a scoring drought that spanned almost half of the third quarter, scoring just 14 in the period before regaining the lead and taking command against the road-weary Suns, who lost their 11th straight away from home.

Kevin Garnett was the only Boston starter to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

Thunder 106, Timberwolves 84:Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 for host Oklahoma City. Alexey Shved scored 18 points for Minnesota, which announced earlier in the day that Kevin Love would miss eight to 10 weeks after breaking his right hand for the second time.

Spurs 108, Lakers 105: Tony Parker scored 24 points to help host San Antonio hand slumping Los Angeles its fifth straight loss. Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Metta World Peace added 23 and Earl Clark 22 for the Lakers.

Hornets 88, Rockets 79: Roger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally host New Orleans. James Harden scored 25 points for Houston.

Cavaliers 99, Hawks 83: Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his 33 points in the third quarter and injury-riddled Cleveland beat visiting Atlanta. The Cavaliers, who had only 10 available players, announced earlier in the day that center Anderson Varejao will have surgery Thursday to repair a muscle in his right knee.

Investor wants Kings

People with knowledge of the situation said that investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal has been reached. One person says the Kings could sell for more than $500 million. Yahoo! Sports reported a possible sale could land the Kings in Seattle for the 2013-14 season.

-- AP

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