Knicks get Piercing

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2002

NEW YORK -- Paul Pierce scored 28 points and contributed to a strong defensive effort that led the Boston Celtics to a come-from-behind 90-81 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Pierce, Eric Williams and rookie Joe Johnson caused trouble all night for Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell, bottling up the Knicks' two primary scorers.

Nets 89, Hornets 80

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Collins had 18 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, and fellow rookie Richard Jefferson added 16 points as the two substitute starters led undermanned New Jersey.

The Nets were without Kenyon Martin, who was suspended for two games earlier in the day for a flagrant foul and throwing a punch at Tracy McGrady on Friday, and Keith Van Horn, who had a stomach virus. Collins and Jefferson started in their place.

Timberwolves 112, Hawks 96

ATLANTA -- Wally Szczerbiak scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 22 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota won its fourth straight.

Minnesota dominated the inside game, outrebounding the Hawks 56-34 and outscoring them 48-36 in the paint. The Timberwolves have beaten Atlanta in four straight and six of seven.

Pistons 101, Cavaliers 91

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 22 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as Detroit won for just the second time in 11 games.

Cliff Robinson added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, while Corliss Williamson added 14 points and a season-high 11 boards.

Magic 118, Warriors 109

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reserve Troy Hudson scored a season-high 26 points, hitting four of Orlando's 13 3-pointers.

Orlando won for the fourth time in five games while Golden State has dropped four in a row.

Spurs 105, Mavericks 103

DALLAS -- Terry Porter hit two free throws with 5.1 seconds left, giving San Antion the win and avenging an agonizing overtime loss to Dallas 10 days before.

Dallas trailed 103-95 when Tim Duncan, who had 29 points and 17 rebounds, fouled out with 1:49 left. The Mavs scored the next eight, with Dirk Nowitzki tipping in his own miss with 9.3 seconds left to tie the game.

Kings 118, Suns 112

PHOENIX -- Chris Webber scored 22 of his 35 points in the second half as Sacramento withstood a fourth-quarter rally to win its sixth straight.

Peja Stojakovic added 25 points and Doug Christie had 20 for the Kings, who blew a 16-point first-quarter lead before rebounding to pull within a half-game of the idle Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division.

Jazz 113, Bulls 111, OT

CHICAGO -- John Stockton made three free throws in the final 42 seconds of overtime, and Karl Malone scored 32 points as Utah held off Chicago.

Donyell Marshall added 25, including two of Utah's first three baskets in overtime. Scott Padgett tied his career high with 16. The victory was Utah's eighth straight over the Bulls.

Pacers 81, Rockets 79

HOUSTON -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 28 points, including three in the final 39 seconds, to lead Indiana over Houston.

O'Neal, who also had 15 rebounds, hit a 10-foot jumper with 39 seconds to play to put the Pacers ahead for the first time in the fourth quarter. He then hit one of two free throws with seven seconds to play to make it a two-point game.

Trail Blazers 96, 76ers 88

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace scored 30 points and Damon Stoudamire had 19 and 11 assists as Portland shot 65 percent in the fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia.

Shawn Kemp added 10 points in 13 minutes, and Scottie Pippen had nine assists for the Blazers, who snapped a six-game losing streak, their longest since December 1995.

Clippers 86, Bucks 83

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff McInnis hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining and Lamar Odom scored seven of his 18 points in the final five minutes as Los Angeles beat Milwaukee.

Ray Allen scored 24 points and slow-starting Sam Cassell added 20 for the Bucks, who lost their third consecutive game despite getting their starting backcourt back from injuries.

Michael Olowokandi had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers.

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