INDIANAPOLIS The best team in the Eastern Conference kept the Detroit Pistons from establishing two historical bests.
Jermaine O'Neal had 28 points and 15 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers snap the Pistons' 13-game winning streak with an 81-69 victory Tuesday night.
The Pistons were trying for the longest winning streak in team history and the longest in the NBA this season. Instead, they were held to nine points in the first quarter and lost to their former coach, Rick Carlisle, for the third time this season.
Mark Blount's tip-in put Boston ahead 85-84 with 48 seconds to go. The Heat's Rafer Alston had a potential game-winning shot from 25 feet, but it glanced off the front of the rim at the buzzer.
Boozer picked up the slack with the Cavaliers missing their top two scorers, James (sprained ankle) and center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (suspension), to help Cleveland sweep the season series with Seattle for the first time.
The Mavs hit their midpoint of the season by winning a fifth straight game, their best thus far. This was the seventh straight time they've beaten the Nets, their longest current streak against any team.
Marcus Camby added 12 points for Denver, which took a 2-0 lead in the season series. The Nuggets were swept by the Jazz last season.
In one of the most surprising results of the NBA season, the team with the league's worst road record beat the team with the best home record. Anderson scored a season-high 29 points and Rasheed Wallace had 26 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as Portland held on for its third road win in 19 games.
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