Allen leads Celtics to easy win over Nuggets
Ray Allen scored 28 points and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce added 17 apiece to lead the Boston Celtics over the visiting Denver Nuggets, 105-89, Wednesday night.
Ty Lawson led Denver with 24 points. The Nuggets were playing without injured Carmelo Anthony.
The loss left Nuggets coach George Karl stuck on 999 wins. His next chance to reach 1,000 comes Friday at Toronto.
Elsewhere: The Chicago Bulls outscored the host Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter, 28-15, to post an 88-83 victory. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 29 points. . . . Raymond Felton's tiebreaking three-pointer bounced on the rim five times and finally went in with 2.7 seconds left, giving the New York Knicks a 113-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors that extended their winning streak to six.
Source: Union says NBA hasn't moved in talks
The NBA players' association has told its members that the league has not moved off its original negotiating position, and reiterated to them that the union would not accept a hard salary cap or the massive salary rollbacks being sought.
The players have received an audio podcast and mailings outlining the owners' proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement, along with details of a union counterproposal that includes rolling back the draft age requirement to 18, a person with knowledge of its contents told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the contents were not made public.
It even offers to negotiate a reduction in the players' guarantee of 57 percent of basketball revenues, which commissioner David Stern has said is a central issue in the negotiations.
Stern said it was too similar to the current system and was rejected, and both sides say there has been little progress since. Union executive director Billy Hunter said last month he was "99 percent sure" there would be a lockout when the agreement expires June 30.
- Associated Press