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11/21/2012 - 10:45pm
Inside job: Spurs outwork, overpower C's

Tony Parker had 26 points and Tim Duncan added 20 points and 15 rebounds to offset 22 points and 15 assists from Rajon Rondo as the Spurs beat the Celtics, 112-100, Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics came within 90 seconds of becoming just the second NBA team in 25 years not to collect one offensive board. Brandon Bass collected the only one on the night on a putback. San Antonio was held without an offensive rebound in a 98-92 win over the Jazz on Jan. 23, 2002. Adding to their inside woes, the Spurs outscored the Celtics in the paint, 58-34.

The second straight loss dropped the Celtics back to .500 on the season at 6-6 while the Spurs improved to 9-3.  

Jason Terry gave the Celtics an early boost, as he made 5-of-7 shots in the first half, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the opening quarter. Paul Pierce scored nine points jumped out to a 25-20 lead. The Spurs finished the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 30-27 lead.  

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11/21/2012 - 8:23pm
Celtics grant Milicic's waiver request

Celtics backup center Darko Milicic requested to be waived in order to tend to his ailing mother in his native Serbia, and the team granted his wish.

"Darko has asked us to release him so he could deal with a personal matter," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a prepared statement. "The whole Celtics family wishes Darko and his family well."

The C's signed Milicic for the veteran minimum in September, and he played just five minutes of one game this season.

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11/21/2012 - 7:08pm
Hanlan lifts BC over Auburn

Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored 19 points, including the game-winning free throw with 19 seconds remaining, and Boston College snapped a three-game losing streak with a 50-49 victory over Auburn on Thursday afternoon at Conte Forum.

Auburn senior guard Frankie Sullivan (23 points, eight rebounds) had tied the game on a four-point play with 46 seconds left. Hanlan then was fouled driving the lane, and he hit the first of two for the winning point.

On Auburn's final possession, Sullivan was stripped by Joe Rahon and Hanlan while trying to shoot the ball with four seconds left. Auburn senior center Rob Chubb (12 points) dove to the floor with Rahon as the ball headed out of bounds and got it back to Sullivan, but Sullivan's 30-foot heave at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim.

Rahon said he was seeking redemption on BC's final defensive stand after fouling Sullivan on his four-point play.

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11/21/2012 - 4:54pm
Gronk, Mankins, Jones all out Thursday

FOXBORO -- As exepcted, Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip), Chandler Jones (right ankle) and Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) were all ruled out for the Thanksgiving night game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. All three missed practice all week before being ruled out Wednesday. The team held another walk through on Wednesday before leaving for New Jersey. 

Gronkowski broke his left forearm blocking on the eighth and final extra point in Sunday's 59-24 rout of the Colts at Gillette Stadium. He had surgery on Monday morning and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. 

The Patriots also listed 13 as limited again on Wednesday, and all 13 are questionable. Here is Wednesday's full injury report: 

Did Not Practice

DE Chandler Jones (ankle) OUT

G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) OUT

TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) OUT

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11/21/2012 - 12:58pm
Doc: Lakers owed Jackson better treatment

During his Tuesday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, Doc Rivers questioned the Lakers' decision to fire Mike Brown after just five games. Rivers later appeared on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio, and he noted that the team's handling of Phil Jackson wasn't very good, either.

The Lakers entered into negotiations with Jackson to return to the bench but suddenly switched course and offered the job to Mike D'Antoni, catching Jackson by surprise.

"I didn't like the way it was done," Rivers told host Chris Russo. "I don't think you embarrass anybody."

Added Rivers: "Whether you like Phil or not, he's won a lot of titles and I think he was owed more than that treatment, in my opinion, especially [from] that franchise."

That said, Rivers told D&C that the new coach should do just fine...

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