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Celtics' Pierce cools Heat

Celtics 27 21 32 20 100
Heat 29 20 23 26 98
Celtics lead series 3-0

MIAMI — Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Celtics were rewarded. And the Heat moved within one loss of the offseason.

Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer — with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching from the bench — gave Boston a 100-98 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Friday.

"That's a shot I hit a number of times in playoffs and regular season," Pierce said. "I told the coaches, 'Give me the ball on the right side.' I got to my sweet spot, made sure there wasn't any time left and drained it."

Wade hurt his left calf after missing a 3-point attempt with 14 seconds left; replays showed he landed on Celtics guard Ray Allen's foot. Wade crumpled to the court and was carried off by reserve center Jamaal Magloire and trainer Jay Sabol.

Pierce finished with 32 points. Wade had 34 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

BOSTON (100): Pierce 11-23 6-8 32, Garnett 7-14 2-2 16, Perkins 0-4 0-0 0, Rondo 7-16 3-4 17, R.Allen 8-16 5-7 25, Davis 1-1 2-2 4, T.Allen 2-4 0-0 4, Wallace 1-1 0-0 2, Finley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-79 18-23 100.

MIAMI (98): Richardson 2-6 0-0 5, Beasley 7-11 2-3 16, O'Neal 1-7 0-0 2, Arroyo 1-4 0-0 2, Wade 14-26 3-3 34, Wright 4-5 5-5 15, Haslem 4-8 2-4 10, Anthony 2-2 0-0 4, Chalmers 4-8 2-2 10. Totals 39-77 14-17 98.

Boston 27 21 32 20— 100

Miami 29 20 23 26— 98

3-Point GoalsBoston 8-23 (Pierce 4-10, R.Allen 4-11, Rondo 0-1, T.Allen 0-1), Miami 6-18 (Wade 3-11, Wright 2-2, Richardson 1-4, Chalmers 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 45 (Perkins 12), Miami 43 (Haslem 8). AssistsBoston 19 (Rondo 8), Miami 20 (Wade 8). Total FoulsBoston 23, Miami 21. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second, Wade. A19,500 (19,600).

at Spurs 23 24 19 28 94
Mavs 16 28 26 20 90
Spurs lead series 2-1

DALLAS (90): Marion 3-9 1-1 7, Nowitzki 13-23 8-8 35, Dampier 0-1 0-0 0, Kidd 1-6 4-4 7, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Terry 6-15 1-2 17, Beaubois 1-2 0-0 2, Haywood 2-2 0-0 4, Najera 1-2 0-0 2, Barea 6-13 0-0 14. Totals 34-76 14-15 90.

SAN ANTONIO (94): Jefferson 2-3 2-2 6, Duncan 11-18 3-6 25, McDyess 3-5 0-0 6, Hill 6-16 5-5 17, Ginobili 4-12 7-8 15, Parker 10-16 3-5 23, Bonner 0-3 0-0 0, Blair 1-3 0-0 2, Mason 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-76 20-26 94.

Dallas 16 28 26 20— 90

San Antonio 23 24 19 28— 94

3-Point GoalsDallas 8-20 (Terry 4-8, Barea 2-4, Nowitzki 1-1, Kidd 1-6, Marion 0-1), San Antonio 0-7 (Bonner 0-1, Hill 0-3, Ginobili 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 44 (Nowitzki, Kidd 7), San Antonio 44 (McDyess 6). AssistsDallas 17 (Kidd 5), San Antonio 19 (Ginobili 7). Total FoulsDallas 25, San Antonio 16. TechnicalsDallas defensive three second, Hill. A18,581 (18,797).

Jackson fires back at Stern on ref remarks

Lakers coach Phil Jackson believes commissioner David Stern's threat of harsher punishments for comments critical of referees was a "heavy-handed" way to deal with "gamesmanship" by coaches in the playoffs.

Stern issued a "make my day" warning while doling out fines to players and coaches on the Magic and Celtics on Thursday night, and he reiterated his position Friday.

Jackson has been fined $35,000 twice this month, most recently for commenting about the fouls called against players guarding Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, who led the league in free throws this season.

"When you start throwing one- and two-game suspensions in the threats, I think that means a lot to both ball clubs and to coaches," Jackson said. "It seems awful heavy-handed to me, but David … isn't shy about being heavy-handed.

"There's a certain gamesmanship that goes on that obviously he feels cheapens the game."

Stern said he wished he could go back two decades and start issuing fines and suspensions against Jackson and former rival Pat Riley to eliminate "corrosive" comments that erode fans' trust in officiating.

Magic-Bobcats: Orlando forward Rashard Lewis sprained his left ankle in Game 2 but said he should be fine for Game 3 today.

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