Raptors drop ninth straight to Celtics

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2004

TORONTO Paul Pierce scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Boston Celtics beat Toronto 91-82 Sunday and hand the Raptors their season-worst ninth straight loss.

Jiri Welsch added 15 points for the Celtics, who ended a seven-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto on Friday.

Milt Palacio had a season-high 19 points and eight assists for the Raptors, who are in danger of falling out of playoff contention because of injuries to Vince Carter, Jalen Rose and Alvin Williams.

Dion Glover, signed by the Raptors on Saturday, went 5-for-16 from the field for 13 points.

Bucks 108, Heat 104

MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 27 points, and Desmond Mason added 21, helping the Milwaukee Bucks win their third straight.

Miami rookie Dwyane Wade left the game with a sprained right foot with about four minutes left in the third quarter. He went to the locker room early in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

Eddie Jones led Miami with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting and added five rebounds. Lamar Odom had 22 points and seven rebounds. The Heat allowed the most points they have all season and lost their third straight game.

Milwaukee had a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but Rafer Alston's 3-pointer cut the Bucks' lead to 107-104 with 4.8 seconds left. However, but Keith Van Horn made one free throw to clinch the victory

Pistons 100, Clippers 88

LOS ANGELES Chauncey Billups scored 28 points and Richard Hamilton added eight of his 21 points in the last seven minutes to help the Detroit Pistons win their fourth straight.

Ben Wallace recorded his 30th double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which overcame the poor shooting of Rasheed Wallace and the ejection of coach Larry Brown.

Rasheed Wallace scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter after shooting 1-for-12 in the first three quarters. He finished 5-for-17 and had 10 rebounds.

Elton Brand had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost eight of 11.

SuperSonics 97, Rockets 80

HOUSTON Rashard Lewis scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Seattle SuperSonics rallied after squandering an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Sonics beat the Rockets for the third time this season and snapped Houston's five-game home winning streak. The Rockets have won eight of 12.

Vladimir Radmanovic had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a reserve role for the Sonics, and Vitaly Potapenko added 17 points.

Steve Francis led Houston with 15 points, and Jim Jackson and Yao Ming each added 14.

Lakers 100, Nets 83

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Lakers held New Jersey to 18 field goals and 51 points in the first three quarters. Gary Payton scored 16 points after complaining about his minutes and Phil Jackson's triangle offense.

Shaquille O'Neal added 19 points, 14 rebounds and a spectacular one-handed slam on a third-quarter fast-break pass from Kobe Bryant in helping the Lakers win for the ninth time in 11 games.

Bryant, who averaged 32.6 points in his last five starts, had 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes in which the Lakers got contributions from everyone.

76ers 81, Timberwolves 74

PHILADELPHIA Rookie forward Kyle Korver made key plays down the stretch, and Eric Snow hit a jumper with 20 seconds left.

Aaron McKie had 18 points to lead the Sixers, who snapped a four-game skid despite playing without injured stars Allen Iverson and Glenn Robinson. Snow added 13 points, and Kenny Thomas had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which leads the Midwest Division, but has lost two of three.

''We didn't deserve to win that ballgame,'' said Sam Cassell, who scored 13 points. ''We didn't do anything we should have done from the first quarter to the fourth quarter.''

Kings 108, Suns 94

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 32 points and the Kings never trailed.

Brad Miller, sidelined the previous seven games with a sprained right foot, had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Doug Christie did not let a cut near his right eye bother his shooting. Known more for his defense, he scored a season-high 28 points and adding eight rebounds and nine assists.

Amare Stoudemire fouled out late in the game, but had 33 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns.

Nuggets 107, Knicks 96

DENVER Carmelo Anthony had 25 points and Voshon Lenard added 16 as the Nuggets ended a five-game losing streak. New York has dropped six in a row.

Anthony, who shot 8-for-15, played only a minute into the fourth quarter. Francisco Elson had 12 points and Nene and Earl Boykins 11 points each for the Nuggets, who also ended a three-game losing streak to the Knicks.

Kurt Thomas led New York with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

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