Celtics Win No. 17 as Bulls Come Up Short

Timberwolves surprise by defeating Suns, Mavs outscore Jazz
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2007 5:45 AM CST
Minnesota Timberwolves' Marko Jaric, left, of Serbia, attempts to steal the ball from Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in Minneapolis....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With a 92-81 road victory in Chicago, the Boston Celtics improved to 17-2 on the season and stretched their current streak to six games. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo led the team with 21 and 18 points each; the Bulls' high scorer was sixth-man Andres Nocioni with 18, the Boston Globe reports. In less inevitable NBA action:

  • Big Al Jefferson inspired Minnesota and stunned Phoenix with his 32-point, 20-rebound monster game, as the Timberwolves took the game, 100-93.
  • Deron Williams had 41 points for Utah, but Josh Howard outdid him with 47, and in the end Dallas outplayed the Jazz, 125-117.