Boston snaps skid against Cleveland

The Celtics' Rajon Rondo drives between Cleveland's Omri Casspi and Semih Erden in the Celtics' 86-83 victory.
The Celtics' Rajon Rondo drives between Cleveland's Omri Casspi and Semih Erden in the Celtics' 86-83 victory. (TONY DEJAK / Associated Press)
Posted: February 29, 2012

Ray Allen scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 86-83, on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Boston, which couldn't hold a 16-point lead in the first quarter, avoided its first six-game skid since dropping seven in a row from April 4-15, 2007.

Kyrie Irving returned from a bruised elbow that sidelined him late in the second quarter and led Cleveland with 24 points, 19 in the second half.

Irving hit two free throws with 1:21 remaining to give host Cleveland an 81-80 lead. After Allen missed a three-pointer, Garnett tipped Irving's pass, leading to Allen's dunk with 48.6 seconds left.

Bulls win behind Rose

Derrick Rose scored 32 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 19.4 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls closed with an 8-0 run to beat the visiting New Orleans Hornets 99-95.

Joakim Noah had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls and Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng added 14 points apiece. Rose scored six points in Chicago's final run.

Warriors fall to Pacers

Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Golden State Warriors, 102-78, for their fifth straight win.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who remained in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers topped 100 points for the fourth straight game after doing so just six times before the current stretch.

Bryant has a concussion

Kobe Bryant has a concussion in addition to the broken nose he sustained in the All-Star Game.

The Los Angeles Lakers say Bryant saw a neurologist on Tuesday and he diagnosed the concussion. The all-star guard will see Vern Williams again on Wednesday, and his status for that night's home game against Minnesota is day-to-day.

Bryant was injured during Sunday night's game in Orlando, Fla. He was knocked to the floor by Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who said that he has apologized to Bryant for breaking his nose.

Magic documentary

It wasn't Magic Johnson's idea to participate in a documentary about his announcement that he had "attained" HIV in 1991. He hadn't thought about it. But ESPN had.

He has lived for more than 20 years with the virus. Because of the cocktail of drugs that replaced AZT, his immune system is indistinguishable from a normal person's, his doctor says. Science caught up to the public optimism that made Johnson sound daft or in deep denial on the day of his announcement.

"I'm going to go on and I'm going to beat it," he said.

Johnson had been approached by others wanting to make a documentary to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the announcement. But he liked some of the "30 for 30" films and agreed to go with ESPN, for whom he is an NBA analyst. The result is The Announcement, a documentary that will make its debut on March 11 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

- Inquirer wire services

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