NBA scores: Celtics need overtime to survive Magic, Raptors re-invent crushing defeat

Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The Celtics narrowly avoided embarrassment in Orlando, escaping the Magic in overtime. In Toronto, the Raptors continue to discover new ways to lose in crushing fashion.

Celtics 116, Magic 110 (OT)
The Magic bench thoroughly outplayed Boston's subs, and the Celtics needed overtime to vanquish Orlando, which was seeking its third straight win. This one would have been huge; it would have happened if not for a spectacularly Rondo-y game from Rajon Rondo (15 points, 16 assists, 9 rebounds) and strong scoring output from Kevin Garnett (24) and Paul Pierce (23). Pierce had a chance to end it in regulation, but missed a jumper. He hit the go-ahead three in overtime, though. Boston's defense cranked down in overtime, holding Orlando to 3-13 shooting.

Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT)
When Andrea Bargnani shoots 2-19 from the floor, it's just amazing that Raptors can even take the Spurs to two overtimes. (It's also amazing that he remains in the game for two overtimes.) Tony Parker owned the extra frames, scoring 11 points on 5-6 shooting in the bonus 10 minutes. Tim Duncan was excellent as well (26 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks), but the star of the game was rookie Jonas Valanciunas, who finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 assists. Jonas may soon have Toronto fans forgetting all about Bargs.

Knicks 121, Pistons 100
So New York didn't lose to Detroit. That would have really let panic set in. Twenty-one point wins are nothing to sneeze at, but letting perhaps the grossest offense in the league drop 100 isn't pretty. The Knicks need to be elite defensively to succeed this season. This past week was a horrible omen on that count.

76ers 104, Suns 101
Jrue Holiday had a monster game with 33 points and 13 assists. Michael Beasley was Phoenix's top scorer, but missed a game-tying lay-up with a few seconds left. Whoopsie!

Nuggets 102, Hornets 84
Anthony Davis is out a couple of weeks, Eric Gordon is still rehabbing and until one or both return, New Orleans is likely the worst team in the Western Conference. Bless the Wizards.

Nets 98, Blazers 85
This game was tied entering the fourth. Brooklyn won that quarter 28-15, and the Battle of Hipster Capitals went to the Nets. Their commemorative and ironic D.A.R.E. t-shirt is in the mail.

Be sure to check out all of our team blog recaps at SBNation.com/NBA-Scores.

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