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Celtics grab late winner over Hawks.

11/13/2008 11:17:03 AM

Paul Pierce hit the winner with half a second to play, giving the Boston Celtics a remarkable comeback win over the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.

Pierce's fallaway jump shot completed his 34-point personal haul and Boston's recovery from a 16-point second-quarter deficit, while inflicting Atlanta's first loss this season.

A three-pointer with seven seconds left gave the Hawks the lead and seemingly the win, but Pierce responded.

It was Boston's eighth straight home win over Atlanta, including all four in their first-round playoff series last season.

Rockets 94, Suns 82

In Phoenix, Tracy McGrady snapped out of a slump to score 22 of his 27 points in the second half as Houston downed Phoenix.

The defeat tarnished a scoring landmark for Shaquille O'Neal, as the Suns centre moved past John Havlicek and into 10th on the NBA's career points list.

McGrady, 1-for-16 shooting in his previous two games, made 9 of 14 shots in the second half as the Rockets used a tough defence to dominate the Suns in a match that featured a skirmish that resulted in two ejections and seven technical fouls.

Lakers 93, Hornets 86

In New Orleans, Los Angeles made it seven wins from seven games in the newseason, beating New Orleans.

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher each scored 20 points for the Lakers, who never trailed and led by as much as 23 before nervously holding on against a team that are expected to be one of their chief rivals in the Western Conference this season.

Bryant hit a clutch 3-pointer while tightly guarded with just over a minute left to make it 86-80, and the Lakers held on from there.

Trail Blazers 104, Heat 96

In Miami, Rudy Fernandez scored 25 points, including a clutch spinning jump shot as the shot clock expired in the final minute as Portland downed Miami.

The Trail Blazers celebrated Greg Oden's return to the line-up.

Oden, the 2007 No. 1 draft pick, missed all of last season and then sprained his right foot in this season's opener.

Dwyane Wade scored 36 points, a franchise-record fourth straight game of 30 or better, for Miami, who failed in their bid for the first 4-0 home start in team history.

Knicks 132, Grizzlies 103

In Memphis, Tennessee, New York sank a franchise-record 19 3-pointers to crush Memphis.

Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 27 points, missing only one of his 12 shots, for the Knicks, who shot 59 percent from the field and were 19-of-34 from outside the arc.

Memphis lost for the first time at home this season.

Wizards 95, Jazz 87

In Washington, the home team avoided the first 0-6 start in their history, defeating Utah.

The Wizards were led, as usual, by All-Star forwards Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.

Butler finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Jamison had 21 points and eight rebounds.

They combined for 20 points in the final period.

76ers 106, Raptors 96

In Toronto, Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.

Elton Brand scored a season-high 25 points and Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala each had 18 for the 76ers, who won for the first time in four road games this season.

Magic 109, Thunder 92

In Oklahoma City, Dwight Howard recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks as Orlando beat Oklahoma City.

Howard had a double-double and matched his previous career-best of seven blocks in the first half then scored the Magic's first nine points after halftime to stretch the lead to 32.

Pacers 98, Nets 87

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Indiana notched their third straight win, overpowering New Jersey.

TJ Ford had 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Pacers.

The Nets lost their third straight game with point guard Devin Harris sidelined with a sprained ankle.

New Jersey turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 25 points for Indiana.

Bucks 82, Spurs 78

In Milwaukee, the home team dominated late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, then clung on to beat San Antonio.

Richard Jefferson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who were missing the injured Michael Redd for the fifth straight game.

Milwaukee had a 21-2 scoring run from late in the third to take control of a match of two teams struggling for scoring power in the absence of their biggest stars.

Tim Duncan scored 14 of the Spurs' 19 points in the fourth quarter in a rally that fell just short when he missed a 5-footer that would've tied it with 5 seconds to play.

San Antonio are off to their worst start since 1996-97.

Kings 103, Clippers 98

In Los Angeles, Beno Udrih had a career-high 30 points and seven assists as the undermanned Sacramento never trailed in beating Los Angeles.

The Kings have recovered well after starting the season with four straight losses on the road, losing by an average of 20 points. 2003 - 2008

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