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Pierce lifts Celtics to win

Paul Pierce, eluding the Hawks’ Josh Smith, has 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds during the Celtics’ 118-107 win.

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Paul Pierce, eluding the Hawks’ Josh Smith, has 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds during the Celtics’ 118-107 win.

BOSTON — Paul Pierce had a triple double — 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds — and Jeff Green scored 27 to carry the Celtics to a 118-107 victory over the Hawks on Friday.

Boston won its second straight after a five-game skid to close within 1½ games of the Hawks for sixth in the East. The Celtics won the season series, the first tiebreaker, 3-1.

The Hawks cut an 11-point deficit to 100-94. But Brandon Bass made a jumper and Jason Terry followed with one of his five 3s after a scramble for a loose ball that saw it slip through the hands of at least four players.

Green's jumper made it 107-94 with 5:08 left, and the Hawks didn't threaten from there.

Magic gets rare win: Tobias Harris had 30 points and 11 rebounds as the host Magic ended an eight-game skid, 97-72 over the Wizards. Entering the game, Orlando had lost 30 of 34.

Game highlights: J.R. Smith scored 37 and Carmelo Anthony 32 to lead the host Knicks past the Bobcats 111-102. … The visiting Raptors opened the second half with a 23-5 run on their way to a 99-82 win over the Pistons that ended a five-game skid. … Evan Turner scored 23 as the 76ers handed the Cavs their seventh consecutive loss, 97-87. It was Philadelphia's second road win among 18 games since Jan. 2.

Ainge angers Riley

NEW ORLEANS — Heat president Pat Riley added another chapter to his rivalry with the Celtics.

After Miami star LeBron James complained about calls and Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge chided him for it, Riley lashed back: "Danny Ainge needs to shut the (expletive) up and manage his own team."

After Miami's 27-game win streak ended at Chicago on Wednesday, James said he does not believe some of the hard fouls he takes are "basketball plays." A day later, Ainge said, "It's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating."

Riley, who was coach of the Lakers when Ainge played for Boston, also called Ainge "the biggest whiner going when he was a player."

The Heat and Celtics next play April 12 in Miami.

Lakers injuries: Kobe Bryant likely will play tonight despite a bone spur in his left foot. But Steve Nash is questionable with discomfort in his right hip and hamstrings. Bryant left the arena using a crutch after Thursday's loss at Milwaukee. He said he has been bothered by the bone spur for several games but it isn't related to a sprained left ankle sustained March 13 at Atlanta.

Around the league: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson missed Friday's game and is day to day with a strained heel and plantar fascia tear in his right foot. He was hurt March 19, missed three games and aggravated it Wednesday. … Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge sat against the Jazz and is day to day with a sprained right ankle sustained Wednesday against the Nets. … Hawks and ex-Gator forward Al Horford sat against the Celtics because of an illness. Teammate John Jenkins left with a concussion in the first half and didn't return.

Celtics 118, Hawks 107

ATLANTA (107): Smith 7-23 3-4 18, Johnson 2-4 1-2 5, Petro 2-3 0-0 4, Teague 7-13 3-4 17, Stevenson 1-6 0-0 3, Tolliver 4-7 2-2 14, Jones 3-7 0-0 6, Korver 3-6 0-0 7, Mack 5-9 1-2 12, Jenkins 0-0 2-2 2, Scott 6-10 7-8 19. Totals 40-88 19-24 107.

BOSTON (118): Green 11-20 2-3 27, Bass 5-7 3-3 13, Wilcox 2-2 0-0 4, Bradley 3-7 2-2 8, Pierce 8-18 2-3 20, Lee 0-0 2-2 2, Terry 7-10 5-6 24, Crawford 2-8 0-0 5, Randolph 4-6 1-2 9, T.Williams 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 45-83 17-21 118.

Atlanta 30 26 24 27— 107

Boston 32 34 26 26— 118

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-20 (Tolliver 4-7, Mack 1-2, Korver 1-3, Stevenson 1-3, Smith 1-5), Boston 11-23 (Terry 5-7, Green 3-5, Pierce 2-8, Crawford 1-2, Bradley 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 54 (Petro, Tolliver 7), Boston 41 (Randolph 13). AssistsAtlanta 28 (Mack 9), Boston 25 (Pierce 10). Total FoulsAtlanta 15, Boston 20. TechnicalsSmith. A18,624 (18,624).

Magic 97, Wizards 92

WASHINGTON (92): Webster 7-18 4-4 19, Booker 3-7 1-2 7, Okafor 3-5 3-4 9, Wall 11-28 12-14 35, Temple 2-9 2-2 7, Singleton 0-0 2-2 2, Ariza 2-6 0-0 5, Seraphin 2-5 0-0 4, Price 0-2 4-4 4, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Vesely 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-81 28-32 92.

ORLANDO (97): Harkless 6-17 5-6 18, Harris 11-21 6-7 30, O'Quinn 2-4 0-0 4, Nelson 1-3 0-0 2, Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Udrih 2-8 5-6 10, Nicholson 6-12 2-2 14, Moore 7-13 0-1 15, Lamb 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 37-86 18-22 97.

Washington 23 23 25 21— 92

Orlando 24 34 20 19— 97

3-Point GoalsWashington 4-20 (Wall 1-2, Ariza 1-4, Temple 1-6, Webster 1-7, Martin 0-1), Orlando 5-15 (Harris 2-3, Udrih 1-2, Moore 1-3, Harkless 1-5, Nelson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 62 (Okafor 13), Orlando 46 (Harris 11). AssistsWashington 15 (Webster, Temple 3), Orlando 23 (Udrih 9). Total FoulsWashington 18, Orlando 21. Flagrant Fouls—O'Quinn. A17,998 (18,500).

Knicks 111, Bobcats 102

CHARLOTTE (102): Kidd-Gilchrist 6-11 2-2 14, McRoberts 2-4 2-2 6, Biyombo 1-2 0-4 2, Walker 6-19 3-4 16, Henderson 9-16 15-17 35, Gordon 4-9 0-0 12, Taylor 3-4 2-2 8, Pargo 3-8 0-0 9. Totals 34-73 24-31 102.

NEW YORK (111): Anthony 11-28 9-10 32, Shumpert 2-4 2-2 8, Martin 2-5 2-4 6, Prigioni 0-1 0-0 0, Felton 7-11 2-2 18, Smith 12-18 11-12 37, Novak 1-2 0-0 3, Kidd 1-4 0-0 3, Camby 1-2 0-0 2, Copeland 1-2 0-0 2, White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 26-30 111.

Charlotte 20 27 22 33— 102

New York 38 31 19 23— 111

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 10-26 (Gordon 4-8, Pargo 3-7, Henderson 2-5, Walker 1-5, Taylor 0-1), New York 9-19 (Smith 2-2, Felton 2-4, Shumpert 2-4, Novak 1-1, Anthony 1-3, Kidd 1-4, Prigioni 0-1). Fouled OutMcRoberts. ReboundsCharlotte 43 (Biyombo 9), New York 46 (Anthony 11). AssistsCharlotte 18 (Walker 8), New York 14 (Shumpert 5). Total FoulsCharlotte 26, New York 27. A19,033 (19,763).

Raptors 99, Pistons 82

TORONTO (99): Gay 7-14 4-6 21, Johnson 9-11 2-2 20, Valanciunas 7-11 0-0 14, Lowry 2-4 0-0 4, DeRozan 10-20 1-1 21, Anderson 3-8 0-0 7, Fields 3-7 0-0 6, Lucas 0-2 0-0 0, Ross 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 44-82 7-9 99.

DETROIT (82): Singler 5-12 2-4 13, Monroe 3-11 5-6 11, Drummond 8-10 1-4 17, Calderon 3-7 0-0 8, Knight 1-4 2-3 4, Stuckey 0-3 0-0 0, Maxiell 0-3 0-0 0, Jerebko 9-14 2-2 20, English 2-7 0-0 6, Middleton 0-4 2-2 2, Kravtsov 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 31-76 15-23 82.

Toronto 19 27 36 17— 99

Detroit 26 19 15 22— 82

3-Point GoalsToronto 4-13 (Gay 3-4, Anderson 1-6, Ross 0-1, Lowry 0-2), Detroit 5-18 (Calderon 2-4, English 2-5, Singler 1-4, Knight 0-1, Jerebko 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 46 (Valanciunas 13), Detroit 47 (Monroe 13). AssistsToronto 25 (Lowry 11), Detroit 25 (Calderon 7). Total FoulsToronto 16, Detroit 13. A19,322 (22,076).

76ers 97, Cavaliers 87

PHILADELPHIA (97): T.Young 9-13 0-2 18, Turner 9-17 3-4 23, Hawes 7-17 0-0 16, Holiday 9-20 0-0 20, Wilkins 2-3 3-4 7, Pargo 1-2 0-0 2, Wright 1-6 0-0 3, Allen 2-4 0-0 4, Ivey 1-3 0-0 2, Moultrie 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-86 6-10 97.

CLEVELAND (87): Gee 3-10 0-0 6, Thompson 4-11 2-7 10, Zeller 7-10 0-0 14, Livingston 5-15 0-0 10, Ellington 5-14 0-0 10, Gibson 2-2 0-0 5, Walton 2-4 0-0 5, Miles 7-11 3-4 19, Quinn 1-3 0-0 2, Speights 1-6 4-4 6. Totals 37-86 9-15 87.

Philadelphia 19 26 32 20— 97

Cleveland 24 21 21 21— 87

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 7-18 (Hawes 2-3, Holiday 2-3, Turner 2-6, Wright 1-5, Ivey 0-1), Cleveland 4-18 (Miles 2-4, Gibson 1-1, Walton 1-2, Quinn 0-1, Zeller 0-1, Gee 0-3, Ellington 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 51 (Turner 13), Cleveland 52 (Zeller 10). AssistsPhiladelphia 26 (Holiday, Wilkins 6), Cleveland 24 (Walton 7). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 13, Cleveland 15. A17,324 (20,562).

Pierce lifts Celtics to win 03/29/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:00am]

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