MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Paul Pierce, who missed Boston's last two games with lower back pain, scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Monday night as the Celtics held on for a 111-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Pierce connected on 12-of-19 from the field as the Celtics won for the third time in four games. The loss snapped a three-game home winning streak for the Grizzlies.
Magic 104, Bulls 89
CHICAGO -- Tracy McGrady shot just 6-of-19 but scored 26 points -- eight in the final 4:45 -- tied his career high with 13 assists, and had nine rebounds.
Kings 107, 76ers 99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and the Sacramento Kings snapped the Philadelphia 76ers' season-best nine-game winning streak.
Hornets 111, Clippers 108
LOS ANGELES -- Jamal Mashburn scored 35 points and had 10 assists as the New Orleans Hornets barely held off the Los Angeles Clippers.
for their seventh straight victory, spoiling Dennis Johnson's NBA coaching debut.
David Wesley, held to just nine points on 3-for-10 shooting through the first three quarters, finished with 23 to help the Hornets beat the Clippers for the 14th time in their last 18 meetings. P.J. Brown added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Corey Maggette scored 24 points and was 13-for-13 from the free throw line for the injury-riddled Clippers, who are last in the Pacific Division at 19-40 while dropping six straight and 15 of their last 18.
Johnson, a Clippers assistant coach for the last four seasons and a member of three NBA championship teams during his 14 seasons as a player, was promoted hours before the game when Alvin Gentry was fired. Johnson is the 12th head coach the franchise has employed during its 19 seasons in Los Angeles.
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