Pierce dumps 48 on New Jersey

Celtics cuts down Nets in overtime

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2001

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paul Pierce scored a career-high 48 points despite going just 1-for-16 in the first half and led the Boston Celtics past New Jersey 105-98 in overtime Saturday.

After getting just two points by halftime, Pierce was unstoppable in the second half and extra period, hitting 12 of 18 shots from the field, including 5-for-5 on 3-pointers. He also went 17-of-18 on free throws to lead Boston back from a 17-point deficit.

Antoine Walker added 25 points before fouling out as Boston posted its third straight victory, all on the road. It's the Celtics' first three-game road winning streak since 1995.

Jason Kidd had 20 points, a season-high 19 assists and nine rebounds for the Nets.

Raptors 104, Hawks 103

ATLANTA -- Hakeem Olajuwon's baseline jumper with 1.8 seconds left gave Toronto a victory over Atlanta and pushed the Raptors' winning streak to four games.

Vince Carter scored 19 points, just the third time in 17 games he's fallen short of 20.

Dion Glover scored a season-high 25 points for the Hawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

The game had six lead changes in the final two minutes, and Atlanta was held without a field goal for the final 1:59.

Magic 96, Wizards 87

WASHINGTON -- Tracy McGrady scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half as Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Washington.

Michael Jordan shot 6-for-19 for the game and just 2-for-12 in the second half. He missed all four shots he took in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points in 33 minutes.

Patrick Ewing had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a reserve role for Orlando. Darrell Armstrong had 17 points and 12 assists.

Richard Hamilton scored 21 points, making 11 of 12 free throws, to lead the Wizards. Rookie Brendan Haywood came off the bench to score 18 points.

Pistons 100, Knicks 97

NEW YORK -- Chucky Atkins made five 3-pointers, including one with 15.6 seconds left in a wild fourth quarter, to lead Detroit past New York.

The Pistons opened the fourth with a 15-0 run, went ahead by 13 with 4:22 left and then allowed the Knicks to go on a 17-2 run to regain the lead.

Latrell Sprewell, who scored New York's final six points and finished with 26, missed a jumper with six seconds left that would have given New York the lead. Marcus Camby back-tapped the rebound all the way to midcourt, where Jerry Stackhouse took it in for an uncontested layup and a three-point lead with 3.9 seconds left.

With no timeouts left, the Knicks could only manage a heave from beyond midcourt by Sprewell that missed.

Stackhouse led Detroit with 25 points, Clifford Robinson had 18, Atkins had 20 and Zeljko Rebraca added 17.

Allan Houston scored 22 and Kurt Thomas added 14 for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Cavaliers 93, Hornets 81

CLEVELAND -- Andre Miller and Wesley Person sparked an 11-3 run in the third quarter and each finished with 19 points in Cleveland's victory over Charlotte.

Lamond Murray added 18 points for the Cavaliers.

Second-year forward Lee Nailon scored a career-high 20 points for the Hornets.

Spurs 85, Rockets 75

HOUSTON -- Tim Duncan had 25 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio dealt Houston its fifth straight loss.

David Robinson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs.

Oscar Torres and Kenny Thomas each scored 21 points for Houston, which was without injured guards Steve Francis (sore heel) and Cuttino Mobley (ankle injury).

76ers 93, Bulls 76

CHICAGO -- Dikembe Mutombo recorded the 10th triple-double of his career and tied an NBA record with eight blocked shots in the third quarter, leading Philadelphia to a victory over Chicago.

Mutombo, whose last triple-double was Feb. 15, 2000, finished with 16 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, a United Center record. Allen Iverson added 30 points and eight assists for the 76ers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Matt Harpring also had 16, and Raja Bell scored a career-high 12.

A.J. Guyton scored 14 points in just 16 minutes to lead the Bulls, who have lost 11 of 12 games. Marcus Fizer added 13, and Brad Miller had 11 despite missing most of the third quarter and all of the fourth after kicking a chair into the crowd. The chair grazed a fan, Kevin Hurst, but Hurst wasn't hurt.

Suns 97, Trail Blazers 83

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Penny Hardaway scored 23 points as Phoenix extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Portland.

Stephon Marbury added 21 points and Tom Gugliotta scored 18 for Phoenix. Hardaway added nine assists and four steals.

Steve Kerr led the Trail Blazers with 16 points.



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