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NBA roundup: Pierce helps Celts stay perfect


Paul Pierce scored 31 points, and the visiting Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 101-86 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.

Pierce made 14 of 14 free throws and had 11 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double in six games, as Boston (6-0) matched its best start since the 1987-88 season. Boston still is chasing its best start, 14 straight wins to begin the 1957-58 season.

Magic 103, SuperSonics 76

Rashard Lewis scored 22 points against his former team, and Orlando handed visiting Seattle its league-worst eighth straight loss.

The SuperSonics have not won since April 7 of last year, when Lewis was still on their side and went for 35 points against the Utah Jazz.

Bobcats 91, Heat 76

Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and Jason Richardson added 18 to lead host Charlotte to the win.

Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who dominated the punchless Heat. Playing again without Dwyane Wade, Miami often struggled to just get a shot off and dropped to 1-6.

Grizzlies 105, Rockets 99

Pau Gasol scored 26 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and host Memphis overcame 41 points from Tracy McGrady.

Darko Milicic added 20 points, while Mike Miller finished with 17 as Memphis snapped Houston`s three-game winning streak. Rudy Gay scored 15 for the Grizzlies.

Spurs 107, Lakers 92

Tony Parker had 26 points and nine assists, and San Antonio beat visiting Los Angeles for its fourth straight victory.

Bruce Bowen went 6-of-6 from 3-point range for the Spurs and finished with 23 points. Manu Ginobili added 17 points.

Mavericks 99, 76ers 84

Jason Terry scored 12 of his 25 points during Dallas` big third-quarter run and the host Mavericks rallied to beat Philadelphia.

Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who bounced back from Saturday night`s 91-82 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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