ORLANDO, Fla. - Rajon Rondo had 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and the Boston Celtics bullied the Orlando Magic with strong defense in an 86-77 win yesterday.

"We are a physical team," Rondo said. "We try to get stops the right way."

Ray Allen added 18 points and Tony Allen scored 16 in place of the injured Paul Pierce for the Celtics, who rolled to their 14th win in the last 15 games. Pierce is out with a right knee infection and could miss two weeks.

The only big blow for the Celtics came in the final minutes, when Kevin Garnett jumped to block a shot by Vince Carter, landing awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. He hobbled back to the bench holding his back and didn't return.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Garnett mostly had a bruise on his head. Garnett said he was fine.

"If he grew some hair, it wouldn't hurt so much," Rivers joked.

Carter finished with 27 points, and Rashard Lewis had 19 points for the Magic. Orlando had no answer to Boston's relentless pressure, which held Dwight Howard to five points and Orlando to a season low in points.

Even with all that, the Magic had a chance.

Lewis' three-pointer with 1 minute, 2 seconds left - the same play in which Garnett went down - cut Boston's lead to 78-75. Carter made the pass to avoid Garnett on the play, a familiar theme throughout.

Ray Allen then connected with a jumper and made a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Boston 18 20 23 25 – 86

Orlando 19 8 26 24 – 77

   FG   FT   Reb   

BOSTON Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

TAllen 21:39   6-11   4-7   2-4   1   4   16

Garnett 32:49   3-9   4-4   1-7   3   1   10

Perkins 20:41   3-4   0-0   0-4   2   4   6

Rondo 46:43   7-18   3-7   4-13   8   4   17

RAllen 43:25   5-12   6-7   1-6   4   2   18

Wallace 32:14   5-7   0-0   1-8   0   4   11

Scalabrine 15:46   1-4   0-0   0-1   1   3   3

SWilliams 6:08   0-1   0-0   0-2   0   1   0

House 16:48   1-6   3-3   0-0   0   0   5

Davis 3:47   0-1   0-0   1-3   0   2   0

Totals 240:00   31-73   20-28   10-48   19   25   86

Percentages: FG .425, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (R.Allen 2-5, Wallace 1-2, Scalabrine 1-4, House 0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 21 (14 Pts). Blocked Shots: 6 (Perkins 3, T.Allen, Wallace, S.Williams). Turnovers: 20 (Rondo 8, R.Allen 4, Perkins 4, Garnett 2, T.Allen, Wallace). Steals: 8 (Garnett 2, Rondo 2, Wallace 2, House, Scalabrine). Technical Fouls: Garnett, 4:18 first.

   FG   FT   Reb   

ORLANDO Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Pietrus 31:37   3-7   2-2   0-1   0   2   9

Lewis 37:07   5-14   6-7   1-3   0   1   19

Howard 43:39   1-7   3-4   3-20   1   4   5

Nelson 32:12   3-11   2-2   1-3   3   4   8

Carter 31:42   10-20   6-7   1-5   2   5   27

Anderson 10:53   2-3   0-0   0-2   0   1   4

JWilliams 15:48   0-3   0-0   0-1   1   0   0

Barnes 14:34   2-8   1-2   2-5   0   1   5

Redick 18:07   0-4   0-0   0-0   0   2   0

Gortat 4:21   0-1   0-0   1-3   0   2   0

Totals 240:00   26-78   20-24   9-43   7   22   77

Percentages: FG .333, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 5-26, .192 (Lewis 3-8, Carter 1-4, Pietrus 1-4, Anderson 0-1, Barnes 0-1, J.Williams 0-1, Redick 0-3, Nelson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 18 (11 Pts). Blocked Shots: 4 (Howard 4). Turnovers: 18 (Howard 7, Pietrus 3, Anderson 2, Carter 2, Lewis 2, Nelson 2). Steals: 9 (Carter 4, Howard 2, Anderson, Lewis, Pietrus). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 3:13 first; Defensive three second, 8:52 second; Howard, 10:22 third; Coach Van Gundy, 10:16 third.

A: 17,461 (17,461). T: 2:44. Officials: Bob Delaney, Eric Lewis, Leroy Richardson.

Heat 93, Knicks 87

NEW YORK - Dwyane Wade had 30 points and nine rebounds, and Miami spoiled New York's return to Christmas competition.

Michael Beasley scored 13 of his 19 points after halftime for the Heat, who opened a comfortable lead by limiting New York to 31 points across the middle two quarters. Then Wade provided a series of baskets after the Knicks finally got on track in the final minutes, scoring 10 points in the final 5 minutes, 47 seconds.

"Early in the game I was picking my spots . . . at that moment, I said it was time for me to be a little bit more aggressive, so I just had that 'take-us-home' mentality," Wade said.

Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, and David Lee had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks. They were playing in their NBA-leading 45th Christmas game, but the first since a win over Toronto in 2001.

New York 23 14 17 33 – 87

   FG   FT   Reb   

MIAMI Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Richardson 31:08   3-10   1-1   1-1   1   5   8

Beasley 34:45   7-16   5-6   1-2   0   2   19

O'Neal 24:08   5-7   1-1   1-8   3   2   11

Arroyo 20:21   1-4   0-0   1-5   1   1   2

Wade 38:12   11-21   7-8   1-9   5   2   30

Haslem 29:41   4-9   4-4   0-6   0   2   12

Anthony 8:13   0-1   0-0   0-1   0   3   0

Chalmers 27:39   1-4   9-12   0-1   1   2   11

Wright 16:52   0-1   0-0   3-6   2   2   0

Cook 9:01   0-2   0-0   0-1   0   1   0

Totals 240:00   32-75   27-32   8-40   13   22   93

Percentages: FG .427, FT .844. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Wade 1-2, Richardson 1-7, Beasley 0-1, Chalmers 0-1, Cook 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (6 Pts). Blocked Shots: 3 (Anthony 2, Wright). Turnovers: 12 (Wade 4, Chalmers 2, O'Neal 2, Arroyo, Haslem, Richardson, Wright). Steals: 11 (Wade 4, Chalmers 3, Arroyo, Cook, Haslem, Wright). Technical Fouls: None.

   FG   FT   Reb   

NEW YORK Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Gallinari 42:34   8-18   7-7   1-8   3   2   26

Chandler 38:12   6-11   2-2   1-2   1   3   15

Lee 40:08   9-14   1-2   5-16   1   5   19

Duhon 35:34   2-6   2-2   1-2   3   2   7

Jeffries 24:06   1-2   1-3   3-4   1   4   3

Harrington 32:09   5-20   2-3   2-7   1   3   12

Hughes 18:25   0-3   3-4   0-5   1   4   3

Bender 8:53   1-4   0-0   1-1   0   1   2

Totals 240:01   32-78   18-23   14-45   11   24   87

Percentages: FG .410, FT .783. 3-Point Goals: 5-28, .179 (Gallinari 3-11, Duhon 1-2, Chandler 1-4, Bender 0-1, Jeffries 0-1, Hughes 0-2, Harrington 0-7). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 18 (16 Pts). Blocked Shots: 3 (Jeffries 2, Duhon). Turnovers: 17 (Duhon 4, Lee 4, Bender 3, Chandler 2, Gallinari 2, Hughes, Jeffries). Steals: 5 (Chandler 2, Duhon 2, Harrington). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 5:00 second; Harrington, 6:01 fourth.

A: 19,763 (19,763). T: 2:29. Officials: Mike Callahan, Mark Lindsay, Zach Zarba.

Suns 124, Clippers 93

PHOENIX - Amare Stoudemire led seven Phoenix players in double figures with 26 points and Phoenix beat Los Angeles for the sixth straight time.

Jared Dudley and J.R. Richardson each added 18 points for the Suns in their most lopsided victory this season.

The Suns shot 54 percent, including 12 of 24 three-pointers. They entered the game losers of two in a row, both at US Airways Center, after starting the season 10-0 at home.

Rasual Butler scored 22 points and Chris Kaman had 19 for the Clippers, winners of two of their previous three games and four of six.

Grant Hill banked one in from three-quarters court at the halftime buzzer to put Phoenix up 67-55 at the break. The Suns turned it into a blowout in the third quarter.

   FG   FT   Reb   

LA CLIPPERS Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Butler 33:18   9-16   2-2   3-7   1   0   22

Camby 10:28   0-2   0-0   2-5   1   1   0

Kaman 28:28   7-13   5-6   5-10   3   4   19

BDavis 27:14   5-9   0-0   0-1   8   3   11

Gordon 31:35   4-15   2-2   0-1   0   1   11

Telfair 21:02   2-8   0-0   1-3   3   5   4

Thornton 25:07   3-9   2-2   4-5   0   4   8

Skinner 13:21   0-2   2-2   1-3   0   2   2

Smith 17:37   3-6   2-3   0-3   1   0   8

RDavis 15:32   3-6   0-0   0-0   0   0   6

MCollins 7:25   0-2   0-0   0-0   1   1   0

Novak 8:53   1-4   0-0   0-2   0   1   2

Totals 240:00   37-92   15-17   16-40   18   22   93

Percentages: FG .402, FT .882. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Butler 2-7, B.Davis 1-2, Gordon 1-4, M.Collins 0-1, Telfair 0-1, R.Davis 0-2, Novak 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 18 (16 Pts). Blocked Shots: 6 (Butler 2, Skinner 2, Kaman, Telfair). Turnovers: 17 (Kaman 5, B.Davis 3, Smith 3, R.Davis 2, Telfair 2, Gordon, Thornton). Steals: 7 (Telfair 2, Butler, B.Davis, Gordon, Novak, Skinner). Technical Fouls: None.

   FG   FT   Reb   

PHOENIX Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Hill 24:23   4-5   3-3   2-5   2   1   12

Stoudemire 32:03   10-15   6-7   5-9   3   3   26

Frye 22:33   2-5   2-2   1-2   2   2   6

Nash 27:37   6-10   1-1   0-2   8   0   14

Richardson 24:41   7-15   1-2   0-8   4   1   18

Dudley 25:37   6-9   2-2   0-3   1   3   18

Dragic 22:46   4-9   2-2   1-3   2   1   13

Barbosa 20:56   4-8   4-4   0-1   4   1   12

Amundson 21:14   1-2   3-4   3-10   0   2   5

Lopez 10:05   0-3   0-0   1-2   0   2   0

Clark 8:05   0-1   0-0   0-0   1   0   0

Totals 240:00   44-82   24-27   13-45   27   16   124

Percentages: FG .537, FT .889. 3-Point Goals: 12-24, .500 (Dudley 4-5, Dragic 3-5, Richardson 3-7, Hill 1-1, Nash 1-3, Frye 0-1, Barbosa 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 16 (15 Pts). Blocked Shots: 4 (Barbosa, Dudley, Hill, Stoudemire). Turnovers: 16 (Dragic 5, Nash 3, Amundson 2, Richardson 2, Barbosa, Clark, Frye, Lopez). Steals: 8 (Stoudemire 2, Barbosa, Dragic, Dudley, Frye, Nash, Richardson). Technical Fouls: None.

A: 16,709 (18,422). T: 2:24. Officials: Bill Spooner, Mark Ayotte, Rodney Mott.