Celtics sweep Cavs in season series

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2002

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce had 22 points and 10 rebounds, scoring 11 during a 14-0 fourth-quarter run as the Boston Celtics beat Cleveland 96-70 to sweep the season series against the Cavaliers.

Antoine Walker had 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for the Celtics, who last swept Cleveland in 1984-85. Kenny Anderson added 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists before sitting out the final minutes with the rest of the starters following a 21-2 run that turned a nine-point game into a blowout.

Wesley Person had 17 points and Andre Miller had nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Cleveland, which had won two in a row.

Heat 82, 76ers 77

PHILADELPHIA -- Eddie House came off the bench to score a season-high 20 points, including a pair of foul shots with 8.3 seconds remaining to clinch the game after a tight fourth quarter that featured seven ties.

The Sixers missed three off-balance shots on their final possession with under 30 seconds to play, including a 3-point attempt by Eric Snow that would have tied the game.

Five players were in double digits for the Heat. Alonzo Mourning had 16 and Rod Strickland 14. House's previous season-high was 17.

Allen Iverson finished with 38 points for Philadelphia.

Nets 97, Trail Blazers 82

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the angry New Jersey Nets won their eighth straight home game.

Kerry Kittles added 18 points and Keith Van Horn 14 as the Nets handed the Trail Blazers only their second loss in 17 games.

Rasheed Wallace, who played only seven minutes in the first half after picking up three fouls, led Portland with 17 points. Damon Stoudamire added 14 and Ruben Patterson had 13 for the Trail Blazers, who shot only 41.5 percent from the field.

The victory was only the fourth in the last 10 games overall for the Nets, who felt the officials cost them a chance at a win at Cleveland on Tuesday night by failing to start the clock on time. Lamond Murray made a 3-pointer at the buzzer after he caught an inbounds pass, squared himself and shot -- all within five-tenths of a second.

Spurs 108, Lakers 90

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored 25 points and a spirited San Antonio defense held Shaquille O'Neal to only two baskets.

The Spurs led by as many as 34 points in winning their 10th straight. It was their first victory over Los Angeles in three tries this season. The Lakers had beaten the Spurs six consecutive times, including a four-game sweep in last year's Western Conference finals.

Reserve Malik Rose added 19 points for San Antonio, while David Robinson had 14 and Tony Parker 12.

Koby Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points. O'Neal finished with 17 points -- 13 of them coming from the foul line -- and Brian Shaw scored a season-high 16.

Wizards 107, Nuggets 75

DENVER -- Michael Jordan had just seven points in his return from knee surgery, but Richard Hamilton scored 30 as the Wizards routed the Nuggets.

Jordan, playing for the first time since having surgery on his right knee Feb. 27, made two of his first four shots before missing five straight. He was the fifth player off the Wizards bench, marking the first time since April 5, 1986 he played but was not in the starting lineup.

Jordan finished 2-for-9 with two assists, two steals and a rebound in 16 minutes.

Washington has won three of four after losing five straight. The Wizards are 2 1/2 games behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Hornets 94, Pacers 88

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds to play as the Hornets tightened up the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Hornets, who won their season-high fourth straight game, moved into a tie with the Pacers for the seventh playoff spot in the East.

Charlotte holds a 2-1 edge in the series, with the final meeting between the teams set for Sunday in Indiana. Both teams are a game behind Philadelphia for the sixth spot.

Davis finished with 25 points and 10 assists for the Hornets. Jamal Mashburn added 19, including a pair of free throws with two seconds to play that sealed the win. Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

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