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Pistons notch last-minute win over Boston

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Corliss Williamson scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including the go-ahead free throws with 33.9 seconds left, as the Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 86-83 Tuesday night.

Paul Pierce, selected as an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, had 30 points for the Celtics in the first meeting between the teams since Boston beat Detroit in five games in the second round of last year's playoffs.

76ers 108, Bucks 81

MILWAUKEE -- Keith Van Horn scored 24 points, Brian Skinner and Allen Iverson had 20 each, and Philadelphia routed Milwaukee.

The 76ers, who lost their last three at home, won their fourth straight on the road and handed the Bucks only their second loss in 10 games.

Knicks 103, Hawks 98

NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell reached 20 points for the third straight game and made four of New York's 10 3-pointers as the Knicks defeated Atlanta.

Allan Houston scored 24 and Kurt Thomas added 18 for the Knicks, who used their underappreciated 3-point shooting to open a big early lead and then pull away after Shareef Abdur-Rahim brought Atlanta back in the third quarter.

Jazz 102, Kings 92

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Karl Malone had 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists just hours after being left off the All-Star team, and Utah snapped a seven-game losing streak to Sacramento.

Utah coach Jerry Sloan pushed official Courtney Kirkland in the chest and was ejected in the first quarter. But Malone helped the Jazz recover from an early deficit to end a three-game losing streak.

Trail Blazers 98, Nuggets 92

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Derek Anderson scored 24 points, and Arvydas Sabonis had 12 points and nine rebounds as Portland beat Denver for its fifth straight win.

Scottie Pippen had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Blazers, who had lost three in a row to Denver dating to last season. Portland has won seven of eight overall.

SuperSonics 91, Warriors 88

SEATTLE -- Gary Payton's 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left gave Seattle its 14th consecutive victory over Golden State.

After the Warriors tied it at 88 on a layup by Gilbert Arenas with 25 seconds to play, the Sonics came through on their final possession. Desmond Mason missed a jumper but gathered his own rebound and sent a pass out to Payton for the game-winner.



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