Celtics edge Heat in 2OT
BOSTON — Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-98 on Sunday, then learned All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Rondo will have surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was hurt late in Boston’s 123-112 loss, also in two overtimes, to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
LeBron James scored 34 points for the Heat, who had won four in a row.
LAKERS 105, THUNDER 96
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, Steve Nash added seven of his 17 points in the final 5 minutes, and the Lakers held off the NBA-leading Thunder.
Pau Gasol scored 16 points in a reserve role as the Lakers picked up the most impressive victory of their thoroughly unimpressive season, coolly maintaining a small lead down the stretch of their second straight win after a four-game skid.
KNICKS 106, HAWKS 104
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers, then converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 12.5 seconds left to cap a 42-point night and lead the Knicks to the victory.
The Hawks shot a season-high 60 percent from the field but had their three-game winning streak snapped when Josh Smith, burned on Anthony’s basket, missed a 3-pointer on Atlanta’s final possession.
CLIPPERS 96, BLAZERS 83
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin had 23 points and nine assists, helping the Clippers stop a four-game losing streak.
Clippers star Chris Paul missed his fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine because of a bruised right kneecap. Eric Bledsoe had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in his seventh start at point guard, and Lamar Odom added eight points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
MAVERICKS 110, SUNS 95
DALLAS — Shawn Marion scored 18 points for Dallas in his 1,000th game, and Dirk Nowitzki also had 18 while passing Allen Iverson on the career scoring list.
Nowitzki passed Iverson for 18th on the NBA’s scoring list with a third-quarter jumper that stopped a Phoenix run, and his 3-pointer early in the fourth started a surge that put Dallas in control for good.
HORNETS 91, GRIZZLIES 83
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ryan Anderson scored 22 points for New Orleans, connecting on seven 3-pointers.
Anderson was 7 of 13 from the field, all of his attempts coming from outside the arc. Fellow reserve Jason Smith was 5 of 7 from the field for 16 points, and Anthony Davis was the only New Orleans starter to finish in double figures with 10 points.
PISTONS 104, MAGIC 102
ORLANDO, Fla. — Brandon Knight had a career-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers, and Greg Monroe scored 17 to lead Detroit to the road win.
The Magic had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds after a missed free throw, but they missed three putback attempts.