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Kevin Garnett returns as Celtics beat Spurs

He scores 10 points but sits out the fourth quarter.

March 21, 2009|Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Garnett, returning to the lineup after missing 13 games because of a knee injury, scored 10 points before sitting out the fourth quarter as a precaution while the rest of the Boston Celtics held off the San Antonio Spurs for an 80-77 victory Friday night.

"I felt really good," Garnett said. "I missed a couple of assignments, but overall it was good for me."

Tony Parker scored 25 points for the Spurs but missed four consecutive free throws in the final minute. In all, the Spurs missed their last six free throws.

Ray Allen scored 19 points and Kendrick Perkins hit a short fall-away with 2:10 left that wound up being the winner for Boston.

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