Ray Allen and Glen Davis scored 16 points each and the Boston Celtics overcame a thin front line with smothering defense in cruising to their 10th straight victory, 93-62, over the Bobcats in Charlotte on Saturday night.
Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters.
Boston played its second game without center Shaquille O'Neal, who was resting his sore right calf. With Jermaine O'Neal (knee) still sidelined and Kendrick Perkins (knee surgery) out until February, rookie Semih Erden started at center.
Elsewhere: Jerryd Bayless matched a career high with 31 points and visiting Toronto pulled off the biggest comeback in franchise history, beating Detroit, 120-116. The Raptors overcame a 25-point, second-half deficit to end a four-game losing streak. . . . Josh Smith was treated for cramping in his right hamstring before the game, then scored 21 points to lead Atlanta to a 97-83 win over visiting Indiana. Jamal Crawford led the Hawks with 25 points. . . . Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points and Memphis held on for an 84-83 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles. . . . Derrick Rose had 21 points and seven assists, leading Chicago past visiting Minnesota, 113-82, for the Bulls' fifth straight victory. . . . Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and Dallas extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 103-97 victory over visiting Utah. . . . Kevin Martin scored 32 of his season-high 40 points in the first half, Luis Scola added 14 points and 14 rebounds and Houston beat visiting Cleveland, 110-95.
Carmelo Anthony definitely wants to play in New York - on Sunday. He insists he isn't thinking about his future beyond that, and denies circling the Denver Nuggets' lone visit to Madison Square Garden on his calendar. The Nuggets' star reiterated Saturday that he hasn't already decided he's Big Apple-bound, no matter what has been reported.