The Boston Celtics didn't miss Kevin Garnett at all, not the way Glen Davis filled in to lead them to a 106-77 victory over the Miami Heat last night and a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.

With Garnett serving a one-game suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson in Game 1, Davis started and had 23 points and eight rebounds, going aggressively to the basket to grab missed shots and draw fouls.

The Heat took a 29-25 lead on a dunk by Jermaine O'Neal. But the Celtics used a 44-8 surge in the next 161/2 minutes for a 69-37 lead, capped by one of Ray Allen's five three-pointers in the third quarter. Allen led the Celtics with 25 points. Dwyane Wade had 29 for the Heat.

Hawks 96, Bucks 86Joe Johnson took control in the fourth quarter to finish off a 27-point effort, Josh Smith finished one assist shy of a triple-double and host Atlanta ran away from pesky but outmanned Milwaukee. The Hawks took care of business on their home court. They'll head to Milwaukee on Saturday night with a commanding 2-0 lead. Smith had 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

Center Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Magic's Howard top defender

Dwight Howard won his second straight NBA defensive player of the year award Tuesday after becoming the only player to lead the league in blocks and rebounds in the same season twice - let alone in consecutive years.

The Orlando Magic All-Star center received 576 total points, including 110 first-place votes from a panel of 122 writers and broadcasters. Atlanta's Josh Smith was second with 136 points, and Charlotte's Gerald Wallace finished third with 113 points.

Blazers give Camby extension

Marcus Camby, 36, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. The 6-11, 235-pound center was acquired from the Clippers on Feb. 16.

- AP

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