MINNEAPOLIS The hard-driving Phoenix Suns finally ran out of gas.
The Suns' offense fell flat in the second half and Al Jefferson tied a career-high with 32 points to go with 20 rebounds to carry the success-starved Minnesota Timberwolves to a 100-93 victory Saturday night.
The Timberwolves entered the game with a league-worst 2-15 record, but dominated on the boards and snapped a five-game losing streak. Marko Jaric added 19 points and Craig Smith had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Wolves, who outrebounded Phoenix 55-33.
Steve Nash had 14 points and 15 assists and Leandro Barbosa scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half for the Suns, who wore down in the second game of a back-to-back and their fourth game in five nights.
CELTICS 92, BULLS 81: At Chicago, Ray Allen scored 21 points, Rajon Rondo matched a season-high with 18, and the Boston Celtics continued their torrid pace by holding off the Chicago Bulls.
Boston was leading 86-70 after James Posey threw a behind-the-back pass to Ray Allen with 5:23 remaining, but instead of cruising to a win, the Celtics had to hang on. The Bulls scored the next 11 points, culminating with a three-point play by Andres Nocioni that made it 86-81 with just under a minute left.
Garnett then hit a jumper, and the Celtics won their sixth straight. At 17-2, they own the league's best record. And it's easy to see why.
Rondo stepped up on a night when the Celtics three stars were shaky, hitting 9 of 13 shots.
76ERS 105, KNICKS 77: At New York, Willie Green scored 18 points, and the 76ers completed a home-and-home sweep of the Knicks.
Andre Iguodala added 17 points and Reggie Evans had 14 rebounds for the 76ers, who beat the Knicks 101-90 Friday in Philadelphia. This one was even easier, giving them consecutive victories for the first time this season. The Sixers passed the Knicks to escape last place in the Atlantic Division and have won the last four meetings in the series.
Nate Robinson, who didn't even play in the first half, scored 25 points for the Knicks, who trailed by as much as 28 during a performance that ranked somewhere between careless and simply not caring. They gave up a number of dunks, usually after a turnover, and were booed on a number of occasions.
BOBCATS 96, CAVALIERS 93: At Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Wallace scored 22 points and Raymond Felton went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final 16 seconds as Charlotte snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Playing again without LeBron James, the Cavaliers couldn't hold onto a three-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then missed several chances down the stretch to lose their sixth straight game.
Felton's two free throws with 3.1 seconds left put Charlotte up 3. Without any timeouts left, Cleveland was forced to inbound from the backcourt and Larry Hughes' halfcourt shot at the buzzer was well short.
Hughes scored 22 points in his first game in over a month after being sidelined with a bone bruise in his left leg. Shannon Brown and Daniel Gibson each scored 15 for the Cavaliers, who committed 27 turnovers.
Emeka Okafor added 19 points, Jason Richardson 18 and Felton scored 15 for Charlotte, which went 14-for-14 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
HAWKS 86, GRIZZLIES 78: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 25 points and rookie Al Horford grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Atlanta, which has won three of four and six of nine.
Memphis, the NBA's fifth-most accurate team on 3-pointers, lost its fourth straight after shooting a season-worst 1-for-15 beyond the arc.
After hitting a runner midway through the third, Smith followed with a three-point play to stretch Atlanta's lead to 52-33. He finished 11-for-19 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 17 points, and Kyle Lowry added 15.
NUGGETS 101, KINGS 97: At Denver, Allen Iverson scored 23 points and Kenyon Martin had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Sacramento Kings.
John Salmons led the Kings with 25 points, and Beno Udrih added 24 for Sacramento, which lost for the second straight night.
The Kings had a chance to win it in the closing seconds. With Denver leading 99-97, Iverson turned the ball over and Sacramento had a fast break. Francisco Garcia, who finished with 21 points, missed a 3-pointer with less that 2 seconds left that would have given the Kings a one-point lead.