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Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for the Celtics.
Joe Johnson scored 28 for Atlanta (6-1), finding an open Marvin Williams for the go-ahead 3-pointer with seven seconds left. But Pierce answered at the other end and the Celtics beat Atlanta in Boston for the eighth straight time, including all four in their first-round playoff series last spring when they took advantage of the home-court advantage to oust the Hawks in seven games.
Trail Blazers 104, Heat 96
MIAMI (AP) - Rudy Fernandez scored 25 points, including a clutch spinning jumper as the shot clock expired with 44.9 seconds left, and the Trail Blazers celebrated Greg Oden's return to the lineup with a victory over the Heat.
added 14 for the Trail Blazers. Oden, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who missed all of last season and sprained his right foot in this season's opener, finished with three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes in his first action since spraining his right foot in Portland's season-opener.
Dwyane Wade scored 36 points - his fourth straight game of 30 or better, a franchise record - for Miami, which failed in its bid for the first 4-0 home start in team history.
Rockets 94, Suns 82
PHOENIX (AP) - Tracy McGrady snapped out of a slump to score 22 of his 27 points in the second half Wednesday night, and the Rockets beat the Suns in a game that featured a scoring landmark for Shaquille O'Neal and a skirmish that drew two ejections and seven technical fouls.
McGrady, 1-for-16 shooting in his previous two games, made 11 of 18 shots, going 9-of-14 in the second half as the Rockets used a tough defense to dominate the Suns and spoil O'Neal's big night.
The Suns center scored 18 points to move past John Havlicek into 10th on the NBA career scoring list. O'Neal also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Magic 109, Thunder 92
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dwight Howard recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks and the Magic beat the Thunder.
e points after halftime to stretch the lead to 32.
Oklahoma City, playing without reigning rookie of the year Kevin Durant, got as close as 14 points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Durant was sidelined with a sore left ankle.
Jeff Green had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 13 points and Earl Watson and Desmond Mason each scored 12 for the Thunder.
Wizards 95, Jazz 87
WASHINGTON (AP) - Led, as usual, by All-Star forwards Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, and with a boost from rookie JaVale McGee, the Wizards avoided the first 0-6 start in franchise history by beating the Jazz.
Butler finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Jamison had 21 points and eight rebounds. They combined for 20 points in the final period.
First-round draft pick McGee, a 7-footer who left Nevada after his sophomore season, set personal NBA bests with 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Carlos Boozer led Northwest Division-leading Utah with 20 points.
Knicks 132, Grizzlies 103
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 27 points, missing only one of his 12 shots, and the Knicks made a franchise-record 19 3-pointers in a win over the Grizzlies.
is shots, while Zach Randolph had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 20 points, while O.J. Mayo, who had surpassed 30 points in his last two games, scored 17. Marc Gasol finished with 16 points for Memphis, which lost for the first time at home this season.
Pacers 98, Nets 87
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - T.J. Ford had 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the banged-up Pacers won their third straight game with a victory over the Nets.
Marquis Daniels and Jeff Foster added 16 points apiece as the Pacers beat the Nets for the second time in three games.
Vince Carter scored 28 points and Jarvis Hayes added 15 for the Nets, who lost their third straight game with point guard Devin Harris sidelined with a sprained ankle. New Jersey turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 25 points for Indiana.
76ers 106, Raptors 96
TORONTO (AP) - Elton Brand scored a season-high 25 points, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala each had 18, and the 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Raptors.
Willie Green scored 17 points and Marreese Speights had 12 for the 76ers, who won for the first time in four road games this season.
Brand, who had scored just 31 total points in Philadelphia's past three games, eclipsed his previous high of 24, set in an Oct. 31 victory over New York.
for the fourth time in five games after starting the season 3-0.
Lakers 93, Hornets 86
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher each scored 20 points, and the Lakers improved to 7-0 with a win over the Hornets.
The Lakers never trailed and led by as much as 23 before nervously holding on against a team that is expected to be one of their chief rivals for Western Conference supremacy.
Bryant drained a clutch 3-pointer while tightly guarded by James Posey with 1:08 left to make it 86-80, and the Lakers held on from there.
Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists for New Orleans (4-3).
Bucks 82, Spurs 78
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Richard Jefferson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 rebounds and the Bucks held on after a big run to beat Tim Duncan and the Spurs.
The Bucks, without Michael Redd for the fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle, used a 21-2 run straddling the third and fourth quarters to take control in a game that featured two struggling offenses without some of their biggest stars.
But Duncan, who had 24 points, scored 14 of the Spurs' 19 points in the fourth quarter in a rally that fell just short when he missed a 5-footer that would've tied it with 5 seconds to play.
San Antonio, missing Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to injuries, is off to its worst start since going 2-13 in 1996-97.
103, Clippers 98
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beno Udrih had a career-high 30 points and seven assists, and the short-handed Kings never trailed in beating the Clippers for their fourth win in five games.
Brad Miller added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, rookie Jason Thompson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and John Salmons scored 13 for the Kings (4-5), who started the season with four straight losses on the road, losing by an average of 20 points.
Al Thornton led the Clippers (1-7) with 20 points.