Celtics slip past Hawks; Raptors win

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2005


  Boston Celtics' Antoine Walker reaches for a llose ball with Atlanta Hawks Josh Childress during the third quarter in Boston Wednesday, March 9, 2005. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

Boston Celtics' Antoine Walker reaches for a llose ball with Atlanta Hawks Josh Childress during the third quarter in Boston Wednesday, March 9, 2005.

AP Photo/Winslow Townson

BOSTON — Antoine Walker stole the ball from Al Harrington with 35 seconds left and fed Ricky Davis for the clinching basket Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics withstood the unusually feisty Atlanta Hawks for a 95-91 victory.

The Hawks, who have the worst record in the NBA and just two road wins in 32 tries, led for the first 42 minutes and didn't trail until Paul Pierce hit a fallaway jumper with 3:53 left. Pierce finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, making 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

Walker had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who are 5-1 since getting him from Atlanta at the trading deadline. Davis scored 21 for the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics.

Raptors 106, Magic 96

TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and six other Toronto players reached double figures in scoring.

Orlando rookie Dwight Howard had 17 points and tied a season-high with 20 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost two straight following a three-game wining streak.

Morris Peterson and Rafer Alston each had a team-high 16 points for the Raptors, who are fighting to stay in the playoff race

Pistons 92, Warriors 88

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess scored 20 points each as the Detroit Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Pistons lost the final three games of a six-game West Coast trip, but were able to beat Golden State to extend their season-best home win streak to eight.

Baron Davis tied the game at 88 with a 3-pointer with 1:48 to go, but after both teams missed on their next possessions, Rasheed Wallace's jumper put Detroit up two with 44.2 seconds left. Former Michigan State star Jason Richardson was fouled 6 seconds later, but missed both free throws, and Prince put the game away with a driving layup at the other end.

Nets 86, Hornets 85, OT

NEW ORLEANS — Jason Kidd's rebound of a blocked shot and driving layup as he was fouled with 2.5 seconds left in overtime lifted the Nets.

The Hornets had a chance to win when rookie J.R. Smith, who had been the Hornets best player of the night, was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.5 seconds to go. But Smith missed the first two foul shots, then tried to miss the third but ended up putting it in off the backboard, allowing New Jersey to inbound the ball and run out the clock.

Suns 107, Spurs 101

PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire scored 44 points and the Phoenix Suns beat San Antonio 107-101 Wednesday night for their first win over the Spurs this season.

The Spurs played without injured All-Stars Tim Duncan (ankle) and Manu Ginobili (groin), preventing this from being a preview of a possible playoff meeting between teams battling for the NBA's best record.

Since beating Phoenix in a playoff game on April 27, 2003, the Spurs had won six consecutive regular-season games and two playoff contest against the Suns.

The coveted victory wasn't locked up until Stoudemire dunked for a 105-98 lead with 1:19 to go on a play that began with Steve Nash missing a short jumper. Stoudemire had 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Bulls 97, Trail Blazers 84

PORTLAND, Ore. — Eddy Curry had 25 points, Kirk Hinrich added 22 and the Bulls reached their highest win total in seven years.

The Bulls (31-27) surpassed the 30-win mark for the first time since their last championship season of 1997-98. Chicago, which last won in Portland on Jan. 29, 1998, has suffered through six consecutive losing seasons, but appear to be on the way to the playoffs.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who are 0-4 under interim coach Kevin Pritchard.

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