Celtics 81, Raptors 73
BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, leading the Boston Celtics to a victory over Toronto on Wednesday night and a sweep of their two-game preseason series with the Raptors.
Rondo, the subject of post-lockout trade rumors involving Chris Paul before Paul was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, had 10 points in the first 8 minutes. Rondo had seven assists and two steals in 23 minutes.
Paul Pierce missed the game for the Celtics with a heel problem.
Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 20 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics open the regular season against the New York Knicks in New York on Christmas Day, while the Raptors open their season Monday night at Cleveland.
Timberwolves 85, Bucks 84
MILWAUKEE — Michael Beasley made two free throws with 9.1 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Love, who had 22 points and 16 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 84-83. Luke Ridnour intercepted Larry Sanders’ poor inbound pass on the next possession and Beasley did the rest for Minnesota, which overcame a 10-point deficit.
Beasley finished with 12 points for the Timberwolves, who were without guards J.J. Barea (left quad contusion) and 2009 No. 1 pick Ricky Rubio (right ankle sprain).
Drew Gooden scored 15 points for Milwaukee and Stephen Jackson had seven in his Bucks debut.
Hornets 95, Grizzlies 80
NEW ORLEANS — Chris Kaman scored 18 points and Eric Gordon added 17 in their first game with New Orleans, leading the Hornets to a win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gordon and Kaman both came over in the Dec. 14 trade that sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Quincy Pondexter had 14 points with 12 rebounds for New Orleans.
The Grizzlies started quickly, jumping to a 28-17 lead on 80 percent shooting, but the Hornets clamped down on defense and limited Memphis to 37.8 percent for the game.
Meanwhile, New Orleans picked up the tempo, going on an 18-3 run to take a 35-31 lead. The Hornets never trailed again.
Rudy Gay scored 20 points and Zach Randolph had 15 for Memphis.