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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Toothless Green Keeps Streak Alive

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A.C. Green made a cameo appearance to keep his consecutive games streak alive, but his presence did little to inspire his Phoenix Suns teammates.


Karl Malone scored 27 points and John Stockton added 16 points and 11 assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-87 thumping of the Suns on Monday.


Charles Barkley had 17 points and Danny Manning added 16 for Phoenix, which had its season-high four-game winning streak snapped. Barkley had just six rebounds, snapping his 18-game streak of double-doubles.


Green, who had two teeth knocked out by a vicious elbow from J.R. Reid of the New York Knicks on Sunday, played 68 seconds and left the game. That appearance extended his streak to 785 consecutive games played, the longest current streak in the league and 121 shy of the all-time NBA record held by Randy Smith, who played on five teams between 1972-83. Green began his streak with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1986.


The Jazz won for the fifth time in six games to regain sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division, half a game ahead of San Antonio.


Utah used a first-quarter 11-2 run and a second-quarter 17-8 spurt to put the game out of reach.


"They played real well, they shot the ball well ... and we didn't do a good job," said Phoenix coach Cotton Fitzsimmons.


"I thought we were making some progress, but we took a couple of steps backward tonight."


Pacers 122, Celtics 119. In Boston, Reggie Miller scored 39 points, including a three-pointer with six seconds left in overtime, to lift the Indiana Pacers.


The Celtics had a chance for a final shot but Dee Brown stepped out of bounds for the second time in the extra session after receiving the inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds left.


Lakers 114, Knicks 96. In Los Angeles, Cedric Ceballos scored 27 points and Elden Campbell added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the streaking Lakers beat the undermanned New York Knicks.


Eddie Jones scored 16 points and Sedale Threatt added 15 for the Lakers, who won for the ninth time in 10 games and snapped a seven-game losing streak to New York, dating to March 10, 1992.


Anthony Mason had 23 points and nine rebounds and Derek Harper added 16 points for the Knicks, who dressed just nine players with starters Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley injured and Reid sitting out the first of a two-game suspension for elbowing Green.


NBA Senior Vice President Rod Thorn said Reid's penalty, which included a $10,000 fine, was the stiffest in league history for an elbowing incident.


Pistons 93, Kings 78. In Sacramento, Lindsey Hunter scored six of his 17 points in a late 14-0 run as the Detroit Pistons dealt the reeling Kings a club record 11th straight loss.


Grant Hill scored 21 points and Otis Thorpe added 17 and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won six of their last nine games to equal last season's win total of 28.