DALLAS -- Ray Allen returned from a three-game injury absence and a long time on the bench in the fourth quarter to nail a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31.7 seconds left, lifting the Boston Celtics past the Dallas Mavericks 94-90 Thursday night.
The Celtics completed an impressive sweep in the Lone Star State, becoming the first team to go 3-0 in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas since the Sacramento Kings in November 2001. Boston gave the Spurs their first home loss in six weeks, ended Houston's 22-game winning streak, then gave the Mavericks just their sixth home loss.
Dallas fell to 0-7 against teams with winning records since Jason Kidd arrived.
LAKERS 106, JAZZ 95, at Salt Lake City -- Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Los Angeles ended Utah's 19-game home winning streak. The Lakers missed just once in their first 10 shots and were ahead by 24 early in the second period, stunning the fans who hoped to see the Jazz break the record for the longest home winning streak in team history. One Jazz fan marred the already ugly loss by throwing a beer on the court after a dunk by Lamar Odom with 21 seconds left.
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SPURS 102, BULLS 80, at Chicago -- Tony Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had 22 and 10 rebounds as San Antonio beat Chicago to avoid its first five-game losing streak since the 1996-97 season.