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Hot-shooting Celtics beat Heat in Miami

MIAMI — Paul Pierce scored 27, Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Celtics made their first eight shots of the fourth quarter to hold off the Heat 115-107 on Tuesday night.

Boston's Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 15 assists, reaching double-digit assists for the 18th straight game to extend the NBA's longest such streak in 20 years. The Celtics shot a season-high 61 percent.

"It took a while," Rondo said, "but we're peaking at the right time."

"We did a good job of holding their runs to a minimum," Pierce said.

LeBron James had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Miami.

"That's a tough loss and none of us were expecting that," coach Erik Spoelstra said with the Heat in a 5-5 stretch. "We're being made to feel uncomfortable right now.''

The Celtics also beat Miami 91-72 in Boston on April 1.

wizardS topple magic: Kevin Seraphin took advantage of Dwight Howard's absence with career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Wizards to a 93-85 victory over the Magic. Howard missed his second straight game due to back spasms, and fourth in Orlando's six April games. Coach Stan Van Gundy said he liked the effort, but "we looked very, very slow.''

kobe out tonight: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will sit out a third consecutive game tonight against the Spurs because of a sore left shin. He is improving, but missed practice Tuesday.

Celtics 115, Heat 107

BOSTON (115): Pierce 8-16 8-10 27, Bass 4-8 4-4 12, Garnett 11-14 2-2 24, Rondo 6-11 5-8 18, Bradley 5-8 0-0 11, Stiemsma 4-5 0-0 8, Allen 3-7 1-1 9, Pavlovic 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 43-71 20-25 115.

MIAMI (107): James 11-23 13-14 36, Bosh 5-13 3-5 13, Turiaf 2-5 0-0 4, Chalmers 6-9 3-4 18, Wade 9-21 2-4 20, Battier 1-3 0-0 2, Jones 2-4 0-0 6, Haslem 1-3 0-0 2, Cole 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 39-87 21-27 107.

Boston 33 32 24 26— 115

Miami 22 35 24 26— 107

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-14 (Pierce 3-5, Pavlovic 2-2, Allen 2-4, Rondo 1-1, Bradley 1-2), Miami 8-18 (Chalmers 3-5, Miller 2-3, Jones 2-4, James 1-3, Battier 0-1, Wade 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 48 (Bass 10), Miami 39 (Bosh 9). AssistsBoston 23 (Rondo 15), Miami 19 (James 7). Total FoulsBoston 21, Miami 21. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second 2, Wade. A19,954 (19,600).

Wizards 93, Magic 85

ORLANDO (85): J.Richardson 4-16 0-0 10, Anderson 2-10 2-2 7, Davis 5-13 2-5 12, Nelson 8-19 0-0 19, Redick 6-14 1-1 15, Q.Richardson 5-8 1-2 14, Clark 0-4 0-0 0, Smith 4-8 0-0 8, Orton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-93 6-10 85.

WASHINGTON (93): C.Singleton 0-4 0-0 0, Vesely 2-5 1-2 5, Seraphin 11-16 2-2 24, Wall 5-10 5-5 15, Crawford 10-18 0-0 21, Martin 5-11 0-0 12, Mason 1-4 0-0 2, J.Singleton 5-6 2-2 12, Mack 0-4 2-4 2. Totals 39-78 12-15 93.

Orlando 29 12 20 24— 85

Washington 18 23 19 33— 93

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-35 (Q.Richardson 3-5, Nelson 3-8, Redick 2-7, J.Richardson 2-7, Anderson 1-7, Davis 0-1), Washington 3-15 (Martin 2-6, Crawford 1-5, Mack 0-1, Mason 0-1, C.Singleton 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 53 (Davis 10), Washington 52 (Seraphin 13). AssistsOrlando 16 (Nelson 7), Washington 20 (Wall 7). Total FoulsOrlando 16, Washington 13. A15,355 (20,278).

Mavericks 110, Kings 100

SACRAMENTO (100): Evans 7-14 1-4 16, Greene 1-4 1-2 4, Cousins 11-21 3-4 25, Thornton 7-16 0-0 16, Thomas 7-15 0-0 16, Fredette 5-13 0-0 13, Thompson 2-5 4-7 8, Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Hayes 0-1 0-0 0, Whiteside 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-92 9-17 100.

DALLAS (110): Marion 5-11 0-0 10, Nowitzki 4-14 6-6 15, Haywood 4-6 3-5 11, West 5-10 2-2 13, Kidd 2-5 2-4 7, Mahinmi 1-1 0-0 2, Carter 3-9 0-0 7, Terry 4-8 2-2 13, Wright 4-10 1-4 9, Beaubois 5-13 5-5 15, Yi 4-5 0-0 8, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-92 21-28 110.

Sacramento 27 23 27 23— 100

Dallas 25 32 26 27— 110

3-Point GoalsSacramento 9-25 (Fredette 3-7, Thornton 2-6, Thomas 2-7, Evans 1-2, Greene 1-3), Dallas 7-14 (Terry 3-4, West 1-1, Kidd 1-2, Carter 1-3, Nowitzki 1-3, Yi 0-1). ReboundsSacramento 52 (Cousins 18), Dallas 65 (Marion 14). AssistsSacramento 24 (Thomas, Evans 5), Dallas 24 (Kidd 7). A20,241 (19,200).

Cavaliers 103, Bobcats 90

CHARLOTTE (90): Brown 2-6 1-2 5, Mullens 0-3 0-0 0, Biyombo 4-6 4-6 12, Augustin 6-14 3-3 16, Henderson 9-14 3-3 21, Maggette 1-7 2-2 4, Thomas 3-8 0-0 6, Carroll 0-2 0-0 0, Walker 9-13 0-0 20, White 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 37-79 13-16 90.

CLEVELAND (103): Gee 5-9 2-2 13, Jamison 7-19 2-4 17, Thompson 3-8 0-0 6, Sloan 2-5 0-0 4, Parker 7-11 1-1 19, Hudson 9-18 5-5 25, Samuels 0-1 2-2 2, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Walton 1-2 0-0 3, Casspi 5-8 0-0 12, Erden 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-83 12-14 103.

Charlotte 22 23 26 19— 90

Cleveland 30 19 23 31— 103

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 3-11 (Walker 2-5, Augustin 1-3, Mullens 0-1, Carroll 0-1, Henderson 0-1), Cleveland 11-19 (Parker 4-6, Casspi 2-2, Hudson 2-7, Gee 1-1, Walton 1-1, Jamison 1-2). ReboundsCharlotte 40 (Biyombo 8), Cleveland 50 (Hudson 8). AssistsCharlotte 19 (Augustin 11), Cleveland 25 (Hudson 6). Total FoulsCharlotte 14, Cleveland 16. A13,576 (20,562).

76ers 107, Nets 88

PHILADELPHIA (107): Iguodala 4-11 4-4 13, Brand 3-8 3-3 9, Vucevic 2-5 0-0 4, Holiday 6-12 1-1 14, Meeks 2-8 0-0 5, T.Young 8-15 3-4 19, Turner 1-4 0-0 2, L.Williams 5-8 8-8 20, Hawes 7-11 4-6 19, S.Young 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-85 23-26 107.

NEW JERSEY (88): Stevenson 1-4 0-0 3, Humphries 7-18 6-7 20, S.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, D.Williams 5-12 3-4 14, Brooks 4-11 2-2 10, Green 4-11 0-1 8, J.Williams 3-6 0-0 6, Morrow 1-8 2-2 4, Gaines 2-5 3-3 7, Petro 5-10 2-2 12, Johnson 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 34-88 18-21 88.

Philadelphia 20 32 32 23— 107

New Jersey 20 23 25 20— 88

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 6-17 (L.Williams 2-4, Hawes 1-1, Holiday 1-2, Iguodala 1-4, Meeks 1-5, Turner 0-1), New Jersey 2-11 (D.Williams 1-3, Stevenson 1-4, Brooks 0-1, Morrow 0-1, Green 0-2). ReboundsPhiladelphia 61 (Hawes, Vucevic, T.Young, L.Williams 8), New Jersey 45 (Humphries 10). AssistsPhiladelphia 22 (Iguodala 7), New Jersey 17 (D.Williams 5). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 21, New Jersey 19. A15,376.

Hot-shooting Celtics beat Heat in Miami 04/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:10am]

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