Celtics Tumble in Double OT to Sixth Straight Loss...Lakers End Slide 1/26/13
January 26, 2013
The Boston Celtics suffered their sixth straight loss -- their longest slide in six years -- by blowing a 27-point lead and falling to Atlanta 123-111 in double overtime. Kyle Korver scored 27 points to lead the Hawks.
Jeff Teague had 23 points for Atlanta before fouling out in the first overtime. Al Horford had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Smith, who opened the second overtime with a three-point play, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds but fouled out in the second OT. The 12-point loss is the most lopsided overtime loss in Celtics history
In other NBA action:
- Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 17 points and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 102-84. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak.
- Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Sacramento Kings 105-95. The Thunder have won eight of 10 to climb to the top of the NBA standings.
- Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-108.
- Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rik) scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Chicago Bulls' 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
- Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help the Miami Heat earn their fourth victory in a row by beating the Detroit Pistons 110-88. The Heat got even for a loss at Detroit on Dec. 28.
- Marc Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 30-point lead in the second half en route to a 101-77 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
- John Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and the no-longer-last Washington Wizards won their 10th game, 114-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wiz are 5-3 with Wall in the lineup and 5-28 without him.
-- San Antonio won the latest battle for Texas by beating Dallas 113-107 for the Spurs' seventh straight win. Mike Budenholzer is 4-0 as a replacement for Gregg Popovich, who has missed the last two games because of the flu. Tony Parker scored 23.
- First-time All-Star James Harden had 30 points and the Houston Rockets broke out of their worst slump of the season by beating the New Orleans Hornets 100-82. The Rockets had lost eight of nine.