The Sixers were again outplayed in the third quarter of a 90-72 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, their fifth straight defeat (see story).
Jason Richardson was given a Wednesday night off for rest by the Sixers (see story).
Now, here's a quick recap of Wednesday's NBA action:
Celtics rally for win over Suns
BOSTON -- Jeff Green scored 14 points, rookie Jared Sullinger added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics recovered from a dreadful third quarter with a big rally to start the fourth and held off the slumping Phoenix Suns 87-79 on Wednesday night.
The Celtics survived a scoring drought that spanned almost half of the third quarter, scoring just 14 in the period before regaining the lead and taking command against the road-weary Suns, who lost their 11th straight away from home.
Jason Terry added 13 points as Boston's reserves outscored Phoenix's 47-16. Kevin Garnett was the only Boston starter to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds (see full recap).
Jennings leads Bucks past Bulls
CHICAGO -- Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 on Wednesday night for their second consecutive victory under interim coach Jim Boylan.
Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have dropped their last two games against Milwaukee at the United Center. The Bulls blew a 27-point lead in the third quarter as Milwaukee snapped a nine-game losing streak against Chicago with a 93-92 victory on Nov. 26 (see full recap).
Parker, Spurs beat slumping Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108-105 victory Wednesday night.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Metta World Peace added 23 and Earl Clark 22 for Los Angeles. Bryant was 10 for 24 from the field, missing a 3-pointer on his final attempt that would have tied the game. Clark missed a follow-up 3 off a long rebound.
Coming off a 125-112 loss at Houston on Tuesday, the Lakers fought until the final buzzer.
Bryant's 3-pointer pulled Los Angeles to 105-99 with 3:32 remaining. The 3 led to spirited dueling cries of support between a large contingent of Lakers fans seated near the Los Angeles bench and Spurs fans (see full recap).
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