Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Boston Celtics avoided National Basketball Association postseason elimination for the second straight game with a 92-86 victory last night at the New York Knicks.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers after the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers also won, giving all three victors two-games-to-none leads in their National Basketball Association playoff series.
James Harden, the National Basketball Association’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year as the top player off the bench, signed a multi-year contract extension four days after being acquired by the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets acquired top National Basketball Association reserve scorer James Harden in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder who got guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, Houston General Manager Daryl Morey said.
The Los Angeles Lakers will begin the playoffs without starting forward Metta World Peace, who was suspended seven games without pay by the National Basketball Association for elbowing Oklahoma City guard James Harden in the head and giving him a concussion.