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Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, left, fouls Indiana Pacers guard Jarrett Jack as he tries to finish at the hoop.

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, left, fouls Indiana Pacers guard Jarrett Jack as he tries to finish at the hoop.

Aj Mast, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 122-117 in overtime on Sunday to increase their winning streak to 12 games.

Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five steals, Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight rebounds and Eddie House had 15 points for Boston (20-2). The Celtics are on their longest win streak since 1986, when they won 14 straight on their way to the NBA title.

Marquis Daniels led Indiana with a season-high 26 points. Danny Granger scored 20 points, but shot just 7-of-22 from the field.

Indiana is one of two teams to beat Boston this season, and the Pacers nearly pulled it off again by shooting 50 percent from the field against the league's top defensive team. It was the most points the Celtics have allowed this season

It was an unusually close call for the Celtics. They had won their previous 11 games by an average of 14 points.

The Pacers trailed 111-108 in overtime before Rasho Nesterovic scored and was fouled. He missed the free throw, and Boston maintained its lead.

Rondo scored on a floater to make it 113-110, but Indiana's Jarrett Jack made one of two free throws with 1:13 left in the extra period to trim Boston's lead to 113-111.

Allen curled around a screen and made a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key with the shot clock winding down to make it 116-111 with 43 seconds left. Indiana's T.J. Ford made a 3-pointer to make it 118-115 with 22.8 seconds to go, but the Celtics went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line the rest of the way.

LAKERS 105, BUCKS 92: At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 20 points and a season-high eight assists, Derek Fisher added 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Milwaukee, improving their record to 17-2 and equaling the best 19-game start in the franchise's 61-year history.

The Lakers also started the 1985-86 season 17-2. This was the sixth time the team has won 17 of its first 20 games, including the championship seasons of 1971-72 and 2001-02.

TRAIL BLAZERS 98, RAPTORS 97: At Toronto, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points, Steve Blake made a clutch 3-pointer with 8 seconds left, and the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled Toronto coach Jay Triano's home debut.

Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 24 and blocked six shots and Chris Bosh added 19 points, but it wasn't enough to give Triano his first win as the Raptors lost their fourth straight game.

A basket by Brandon Roy pulled the Blazers even at 95-95 with 48 seconds left, but Bosh stepped back to sink a 14-foot jumper with 27 seconds to go.

Blake then drained his 3 over Jose Calderon, and Bosh missed his final shot. Blake finished with 19 points.

Calderon had 15 points and 13 assists for Toronto.

The Raptors led by as many as 16 points early in the second quarter, but the Blazers battled back to lead by 10 early in the fourth quarter.

The 50-year-old Triano, a former longtime Canadian national team player and coach, became the NBA's first Canadian head coach on Wednesday when he was named Sam Mitchell's replacement on an interim basis.

KNICKS 104, PISTONS 92: At New York, Chris Duhon had 25 points and nine assists, Quentin Richardson scored 23, and New York blew most of a 29-point lead before holding on to snap a three-game losing streak.

Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington hit key 3-pointers for the Knicks, who dropped the Pistons to 0-5 on Sundays.

Harrington finished with 18 points and Chandler had 17 for the Knicks, who avoided their first four-game skid of the season. David Lee had 12 points and 19 rebounds as all but nine points came from New York's starters.

Tayshaun Prince had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who fell to 7-8 since Allen Iverson's debut with the team. Iverson and Arron Afflalo each finished with 17 points for the Pistons, who are 11-3 on the other days of the week.