Rajon Rondo fed Kevin Garnett for an alley-oop layup with 1.4 second remaining, and Garnett stole the ensuing pass to give the Celtics their ninth straight win -- a 102-101 victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia.

 

It’s so simple, really. The Celtics starting five is very good at what they do, maybe better than everyone else, or at least as good as any other combination in the league.



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Kevin Garnett approached Nuggets coach and cancer survivor George Karl following Wednesday's game at TD Garden and told him that he meant no offense in the wake of his comments about Charlie Villanueva on Nov. 2 in Detroit. After the Celtics beat the Pistons, Villaneuva, who is bald, accused Garnett of calling him someone who "looked like a cancer patient" during the game.

 

Ray Allen scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each added 17 as the Celtics won their eighth straight with a 105-89 win over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at TD Garden. Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony did not play due to inflammation in his right knee. 

 

Carmelo Anthony was originally listed in the Nuggets' starting lineup for their game against the Celtics Wednesday, but he will be a late scratch because of a sore right knee. Anthony leads the Nuggets in scoring and rebounding. He had played in every game until this one. Gary Forbes, the 25-year-old rookie from UMass should see significantly more playing time.

 

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The Celtics got some good news from their walking wounded as Rajon Rondo (hamstring), Shaquille O'Neal (shin) and Glen Davis (fever) will all play tonight against the Nuggets. Doc Rivers kept Davis at home the last few days rather than be around the team after he ran a fever that went into the triple digits. "I don't know how many minutes he can play," Rivers said. "He hasn't done anything since the game on Sunday." 

 

According to multipe reports, the same Turkish basketball team that recently signed Allen Iverson — Besiktas Cola Turka — also is targeting Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal.

 

Besiktas general manager Seref Yalcin claimed O'Neal told him, “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year,” according to Hoopsnotes. 

 

It’s not often that the Celtics are able to enjoy a laugher on weekend afternoons. They have a well-worn reputation for playing down to their level of competition when the sun is still out. Take two weeks ago in Toronto, for example, which not coincidentally was the last time the Celtics lost a game.



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Even without Rajon Rondo, who missed the game after his hamstring tightened up, the Celtics had little problem with the Nets, cruising to a 100-75 victory Sunday afternoon on New Jersey. Nate Robinson scored 21 points and had six rebounds and six assists in place of Rondo and Kevin Garnett had 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes of work. It was Garnett's 11th double-digit rebounding game of the season, tying his output from all of last season.

 

Rajon Rondo will miss Sunday's game with the Nets and Nate Robinson will start in his place. Rondo was a late scratch after his strained left hamstring tightened up. This is the fourth game Rondo has missed this season because of the hamstring, but the first since Nov. 26.

 

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