PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Rose scored 32 points, including two foul shots with two seconds remaining, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 98-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Philadelphia, which clinched a playoff spot Sunday, rested center Dikembe Mutombo and also was without Allen Iverson (broken left hand), Aaron McKie (eye) and Derrick Coleman (hyperextended knee).
The Sixers fell a half-game behind Orlando for the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Celtics 93, Timberwolves 90
MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Pierce scored 31 points as Boston held off Minnesota.
After trailing for most of the game, Minnesota took advantage of Boston's cold fourth quarter shooting and used a 19-8 run over the last eight minutes to pull within 91-90.
But Wally Szczerbiak, who had been 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in the quarter, missed both attempts after being fouled by Rodney Rodgers with 31.2 seconds remaining. The Wolves got one more chance after getting the rebound off Szczerbiak's second miss. But Kevin Garnett, who shot a cold 8-for-23 from the floor, missed his shot after faking Tony Battie into the air.
Lakers 111, SuperSonics 104
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had 41 points and 11 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 19 points in the decisive third quarter as Los Angeles beat Seattle.
O'Neal shot 16-of-21 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the foul line as the Lakers (57-24) won their 14th in a row at home and surpassed their victory mark of the regular season last year, when they won their second straight NBA championship.
A win over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night in their regular-season finale assures the Lakers of a first-round date with Portland and homecourt advantage against everyone except against the Kings, whose 60-20 record is the league's best.
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