NBA roundup: Celtics down Bobcats 0
Final Score: Boston 102, Charlotte 95
CHARLOTTE - Paul Pierce scored a season-high 36 points with 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with a 102-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night. Their fourth win in five games pulled the Celtics even with the Philadelphia 76ers at 27-22. The Bobcats, meanwhile, lost their fourth straight and became the first NBA team to 40 losses in the lockout-shortened season (7-40). Kevin Garnett added 24 points, Brandon Bass scored 15 and Rajon Rondo had 13 assists and seven points for the Celtics. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 21 points, Byron Mullens scored 18 and Derrick Brown had 16.
Final Score: Indiana 105, Miami 90
INDIANAPOLIS - Danny Granger drained 3-of-5 three-point attempts en route to 25 points as the Pacers used precision shooting from beyond the arc to down the Heat, 105-90, on Monday. Paul George scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, David West finished with 10 points and 12 boards and Darren Collison netted 20 points for Indiana, which has won four of five. The Pacers knocked down 10 treys on 18 attempts to avoid a season sweep by Miami. They also ended a five-game losing streak to the Heat. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade paced the visitors with 24 points apiece, including a season-high four three-pointers from Wade, as they fell for the second time in as many nights. Chris Bosh contributed 14 points but only pulled down two rebounds as Miami lost the rebounding battle 49-33.
Final Score: Detroit 79, Washington 77
WASHINGTON - Rodney Stuckey's jumper with 0.2 seconds remaining lifted the Detroit Pistons to a 79-77 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday. Stuckey netted 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit, which overcame a 12-point fourth-period deficit and snapped a five-game losing streak. Tayshaun Prince added 18 points. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points while John Wall had 14 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds for Washington, which has lost its last 20 games when scoring less than 90 points.
Final Score: New York 89, Milwaukee 80
NEW YORK - Missing Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, the Knicks got 28 points and 12 rebounds from Carmelo Anthony to down the Bucks, 89-80, in Monday's critical Eastern Conference clash. Stoudemire is out indefinitely with a bulging disc in his lower back and Lin is dealing with a sore right knee, but Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis added 13 points apiece on Monday, allowing New York to extend its lead over Milwaukee for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot to 2 1/2 games. The Knicks, who trail Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia and Boston by 2 1/2 games, improved to 7-1 under interim coach Mike Woodson. Mike Dunleavy made five three-pointers and finished with 26 points to pace the Bucks, losers of three of their last four. Brandon Jennings had 15 on 6-of-22 shooting.
Final Score: Utah 105, New Jersey 84
NEWARK - Showing no fatigue on the heels of their four- overtime loss to Atlanta on Sunday, the Utah Jazz finished their four games in five days stretch with a resounding 105-84 win over the New Jersey Nets. Paul Millsap had a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Al Jefferson added 19 points and eight boards for Utah, which has won seven of its last eight games. Playing against his former club for the first time in New Jersey, Deron Williams netted 17 points, but on just 7-of-21 shooting. He also dished out 11 assists. Gerald Green scored 20 points to lead New Jersey, which has dropped six of its last seven contests.
Final Score: Denver 108, Chicago 91
CHICAGO - Ty Lawson scored 27 points, Arron Afflalo had 22 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls, 108-91, on Monday night. Afflalo returned from a one-game suspension and played almost 38 minutes while Al Harrington scored 17 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who snapped a two-game losing streak and remained in a tight battle for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Bulls, without injured star Derrick Rose for the seventh straight game, were led by C.J. Watson's 17 points and eight assists. Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and John Lucas III each added 14 points in the loss -- just Chicago's third in 18 games. The Bulls, who clinched a playoff berth Saturday night on Luol Deng's buzzer-beater against Toronto, remained a solid No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.
Final Score: Houston 113, Sacramento 106 (OT)
HOUSTON - Patrick Patterson's career-high 24 point effort included 14 in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Rockets overcame a 16- point deficit to defeat the Kings, 113-106, on Monday. Luis Scola recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds, Chandler Parsons and Courtney Lee scored 16 points apiece and Goran Dragic contributed 14 points and 10 assists before leaving in the overtime session with an apparent ankle injury. Earl Boykins replaced Dragic and promptly hit four critical free-throws down the stretch in his 2012 debut. Houston signed the 12-year NBA veteran, who finished with 10 points and five assists, to a 10-day contract earlier Monday. The Rockets have won three of four and kept pace with Denver and Utah, which both won earlier, in the race for the final two spots in the Western Conference. DeMarcus Cousins netted a career-high 38 points to go with 14 boards and Marcus Thornton donated 27 points for Sacramento, which has dropped its last three.
Final Score: LA Clippers 97, New Orleans 85
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Clipper Chris Paul had game- highs of 25 points and 10 assists against his former team, the New Orleans Hornets, en route to a 97-85 win on Monday. Paul and the Clippers fell in the Big Easy on Thursday, marking their third straight loss, but bounced back with a victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday. They got 20 points from Blake Griffin and 17 from Nick Young in Monday's win. Al-Farouq Aminu had a season-high 15 points to pace the Hornets, who have dropped two straight since Thursday's win. Carl Landry added 14 points and 10 rebounds.