The Boston Celtics continued their amazing run since the season-ending knee injury to point guard Rajon Rondo by winning their seventh straight game, a 118-114 triple-overtime thriller over Denver. That ended the Nuggets' nine-game win streak.
Paul Pierce led the way with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists. Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench.
Checking the NBA, Paul Pierce had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Celtics blasted the Lakers, 116-95 for their sixth straight win last night. The Celts carried a 26-point lead into the final period and ended the Lakers' three-game winning streak.
Dwight Howard started for L.A. after missing three games with a sore right shoulder, providing nine rebounds and just nine points in 28 minutes before fouling out. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 27 points.
In the NBA the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game by beating the Toronto Raptors 99-95 last night. Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds and Paul Pierce had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Brook Lopez had 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won at Detroit for the first time since 2006, holding off the Pistons 93-90 last night.
Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absences of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Pau Gasol to beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-83 last night.
The Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark by draining 23 three-pointers in a 140-109 win over Golden State. Jeremy Lin hit five treys and finished with 28 points. Chandler Parsons and James Harden each hit four three-pointers, with Harden finishing with 18 points and Parsons added 16 to the rout.
From blowout to blackout to shootout, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens had just enough power to survive one of the most electric Super Bowls ever last night. The Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold off the San Francisco 49ers to win a wild one, 34-31. It's the Ravens' second Super Bowl title in 12 years.
Flacco tossed three touchdown passes in the first half as the Ravens opened a 21-6 halftime edge. Jacoby Jones opened the second half with an electrifying 108-yard touchdown record, the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.
The Memphis Grizzlies had just nine players available when they took the court Thursday for the first time since trading leading scorer Rudy Gay to Toronto. The patchwork lineup didn't do very well against the NBA's second-best team as Oklahoma led by as many as 26 in the third quarter before cruising to a 106-89 win over the Grizzlies.
Checking the NHL now Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Devils 5-4 on Thursday night, handing New Jersey its third straight loss in overtime.