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Celtics 92, Bulls 83



Published: Thu, January 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Celtics 92, Bulls 83

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and rookie Al Jefferson added a career-high 17 points to lead Boston , snapping Chicago's seven-game winning streak. The win was Boston's 10th in its past 12 home games. Eddy Curry scored 26 points, Kirk Hinrich added 12 points and Tyson Chandler scored eight points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who held their opponent below 100 points for the 23rd consecutive game.

Raptors 98, Knicks 81

TORONTO -- Jalen Rose scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and Toronto won its third consecutive game. Chris Bosh added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won seven of nine. Bosh set a team record with his ninth straight double-double.

76ers 107, Bobcats 105

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allen Iverson scored 24 points, and Kyle Korver and Corliss Williamson made big plays down the stretch for Philadelphia. Iverson, who leads the NBA in scoring with 28.5 points a game, was held to just six points in the second half. Kenny Thomas finished with 21 points for Philadelphia. Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 18 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Nets 96, Bucks 90

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 33 points and Jason Kidd added 17 points and 10 assists for New Jersey. Rodney Buford added 17 points and rookie Nenad Krstic had 16 points as the Nets snapped a four-game losing streak against the Bucks, who failed to win the 1,600th game in their 36-year franchise history.

Heat 111, Hawks 92

MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points, helping Miami improve the Eastern Conference's best record to 29-11. O'Neal added 12 rebounds, and Eddie Jones scored 16 for Miami, which played its first home game in two weeks.

Hornets 90, Pacers 87

NEW ORLEANS -- Lee Nailon scored 30 points, and Dan Dickau's 17 points included a late go-ahead free throw that helped New Orleans to an upset. Rodney Rogers had 12 points, the last on a stunning play as he slapped the rebound from Dickau's missed free throw out of Jermaine O'Neal's hands, sending the ball into the hoop with 3.7 seconds left.

Spurs 80, Clippers 79

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 25 points, including a game-winning driving layup in the final seconds, for San Antonio. The Clippers took a 79-78 lead with 19 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Bobby Simmons. On the next possession, the Spurs' Manu Ginobili curled around the lane and passed to Parker in the left corner. He faked a shot to get Simmons off his feet and then drove baseline, bumping bodies with 7-footer Chris Kaman as he banked in a layup high off the backboard with 7.8 seconds left. Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved the NBA's best home record to 21-1.

Grizzlies 88, Suns 79

PHOENIX -- Phoenix, without the injured Steve Nash, extending its losing streak to five games. Three reserves led the Grizzlies, who won their fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games. Bonzi Wells scored 16, Stromile Swift had 14 and Brian Cardinal 13 for Memphis, which set a franchise record with its fourth straight road win. The Suns (31-9) had season lows in points and field goal shooting (33 percent) for the second game in a row. With the loss, and San Antonio's victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix (31-9) no longer has the NBA's best record. The Spurs are 32-9 and play Phoenix on Friday.

Associated Press




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