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NBA wrap: Rondo has 20 assists, nears record streak in Celtics’ rout of Raptors

(AP) - Rajon Rondo had 20 assists for the second time this season and added 6 points to help the host Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors, 107-89, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Jason Terry scored 20 points, Paul Pierce added 19 points and 6 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and Kevin Garnett scored 15 points in 17 minutes of playing time.

Any worries Boston fans might have had about Rondo’s sprained right ankle were quickly washed away when he had seven assists in the first quarter.

Rondo appeared at full strength after sitting out a loss at Brooklyn on Thursday night. He had 11 assists at halftime, extending his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33.

“Something I look forward to every game is just trying to make my teammates happy,” Rondo said. “And somehow I keep getting to 10. Tonight it was a collective team effort as far as assists.”

The Celtics had assists on 37 of 43 field goals, with Rondo leading the way and finishing four short of his career high.

Boston shot 56.6 percent against the struggling Raptors, who are off to a 2-7 start, and all 10 Celtics who played had at least two field goals.

Grizzlies 94, Bobcats 87

Mike Conley scored 20 points and visiting Memphis beat Charlotte, giving the Grizzlies their eighth consecutive victory.

Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who have the league’s best record at 8-1.

Clippers 101, Bulls 80

Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final six minutes and grabbed 10 rebounds as Los Angeles routed visiting Chicago, extending the Clippers’ winning streak to five.

The Clippers improved to 7-2, their best record after nine games since 2005-6, when they won nine of their first 11, finished 47-35 and came within one victory of the Western Conference finals.

Heat 97, Suns 88

Chris Bosh scored 24 points while shooting 9 of 11, the ailing LeBron James added 21 and Miami closed a six-game trip by defeating Phoenix. James, who missed the morning shootaround with flulike symptoms, made only 8 of 20 shots but still reached 20 points for the 11th time in 11 games this season.

Bucks 117, Hornets 113

Monta Ellis scored 6 of his 22 points in the final two minutes to help host Milwaukee hold off New Orleans. Anthony Davis, the league’s top overall draft pick, had a season-high 28 points and tied his season high with 11 rebounds for New Orleans.

Spurs 126, Nuggets 100

Manu Ginobili had 20 points and San Antonio set a season high for points in a win over visiting Denver. DeJuan Blair added 19 points and Danny Green had 15 for San Antonio (8-2). Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 14 points while playing 25 and 23 minutes, respectively.

Mavericks 103, Cavaliers 95

O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Dallas used two 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to win in Cleveland. Kyrie Irving, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with a finger injury, led Cleveland with 26 points, but the Cavaliers lost their fifth straight game.

Jazz 83, Wizards 76

Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Haywood added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and Utah kept host Washington winless. The Jazz committed 19 turnovers but pulled away in the fourth quarter. Washington became only the second team in N.B.A. history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons. The Grizzlies started 0-8 in 2001-2 and 2002-3.NETS’ EVANS DRAWS WARNING Reggie Evans of the Nets has received a warning under the N.B.A.’s new anti-flopping initiative. The league flagged Evans for exaggerating contact after tussling with Boston’s Jared Sullinger in the Nets’ victory over the Celtics on Thursday.

Evans is the fourth player to be warned for the offense, joining Oklahoma City’s Kevin Martin, Minnesota’s J. J. Barea and Cleveland’s Donald Sloan.

Under the policy, a player gets a warning for the first offense and a $5,000 fine for a second offense, with fines increasing for each violation thereafter.

Photo above shows Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) driving past Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday (Sunday in Manila). (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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