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NBA: Bobcats scratch Celtics

BOSTON -- Hardly anyone except for maybe Charlotte's Jason Richardson could have seen this coming.

The Boston Celtics were rolling at home and the Bobcats were miserable on the road.

Richardson had 34 points and nine rebounds, Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bobcats stunned the Celtics 95-83 for just their fourth loss of the season Wednesday night.

"I'm not surprised because we're a pretty good team," Richardson said. "It just doesn't show in our record."

And it really didn't when they played on the road.

The Bobcats, who entered with an Eastern Conference-worst 1-11 road mark, also got 16 points and eight assists from Raymond Felton. But it was Richardson, who went 14-for-22 from the floor, that hurt the Celtics most.

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Boston (29-4) and spoiled its bid for the fastest start in team history to 30 wins. The 1959-60 Celtics started 30-4 before going on to win the title.

Kevin Garnett led Boston with 24 points and eight rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 13 points on just 4-for-14 shooting.

"We aren't going to win every game of the season," Pierce said. "We have to expect everybody's best, and it was one of Charlotte's best games."

LAKERS 109, HORNETS 80, at New Orleans -- Kobe Bryant scored 19 points to help Los Angeles win its fourth consecutive game. New Orleans wasted a 32-point effort from Chris Paul.

ROCKETS 101, KNICKS 92, at New York -- Yao Ming scored 36 points, and Houston took over after New York coach Isiah Thomas was ejected. Modesto Christian High graduate Chuck Hayes had four points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Rockets.

MAVERICKS 102, PISTONS 86, at Dallas -- Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points, and Dallas won its fifth successive contest while handing Detroit its second loss in a row after an 11-game winning streak. It's only the second time this season the Pistons have lost consecutive games.

SUNS 129, PACERS 122 (OT), at Phoenix -- Raja Bell had a season-high 27 points and sank two 3-pointers in the final 2½ minutes of overtime, and Phoenix rallied from 16 points down without Steve Nash to beat Indiana. The Suns played the final 22 minutes without Nash, who left with the stomach flu.

RAPTORS 109, 76ERS 96, at Toronto -- Anthony Parker matched his season high with 22 points, and Toronto snapped a three-game skid while handing Philadelphia its season-high fifth loss in a row.

MAGIC 113, CLIPPERS 106, at Los Angeles -- Hedo Turkoglu scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, five teammates reached double figures, and Orlando beat Los Angeles to snap a season-high three-game slide.

HAWKS 90, CAVALIERS 81, at Atlanta -- Joe Johnson scored 29 points to lead five Atlanta scorers in double figures, and Cleveland lost in the A-Town for the first time since Nov. 22, 2003, a span of six games.

BUCKS 98, HEAT 92, at Milwaukee -- Mo Williams scored a season-high 35 points to lead Milwaukee past Miami, which lost its ninth in a row despite 34 points from Dwyane Wade.

NETS 99, SUPERSONICS 88, at East Rutherford, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson scored 28 points, and New Jersey's rout of Seattle brought an end to Jason Kidd's triple-double streak at three games. Kidd sat the final 12½ minutes.

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