Pierce totals 21 points, 12 rebounds in 104-72 win
Boston The Boston Celtics played like a team fighting for a playoff spot.
"I think we're a better team than them," said Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists in the Celtics' 104-72 victory over Washington on Friday night.
"We were just trying to dominate them and we kept our focus. This is what we're supposed to do. We're fighting for our playoff lives."
Antoine Walker scored a game-high 24 points and had eight assists as the Celtics remained one game behind Indiana in the hunt for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers beat Cleveland, 99-84, Friday night.
"Antoine and Paul had workmanlike games tonight. It was a very big victory for us," Celtics head coach Jim O'Brien said. "We played 11 straight games prior to Washington against teams that had over .500 records."
Boston had lost its last two games both at home after winning seven straight at home, its longest streak since the FleetCenter opened in 1995.
Pierce scored 19 points and Walker 16 as the Celtics built a 58-38 lead by halftime. The Celtics face Philadelphia at home Sunday, before embarking on a three-game road trip. Boston is 9-20 on the road.
Kings 110, Nuggets 104
Sacramento, Calif. Chris Webber had 41 points and 12 rebounds as Sacramento beat Denver. Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points for the Kings, who won their third straight and for the sixth time in seven games. Voshon Lenard led Denver with 24 points. Robert Pack had 22 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. James Posey finished with 18 point and Raef LaFrentz added 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Spurs 93, Lakers 89, OT
Los Angeles Tim Duncan scored 29 points and David Robinson reached a career milestone as San Antonio won its sixth straight game. Duncan also had 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who outscored the Lakers 10-6 in the extra period. The Spurs sealed the win when the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who had 38 points, missed a long jumper with less than two seconds left. Robinson, in foul trouble most of the second half, had 11 points to surpass 19,000 in his career.
76ers 108, Hawks 103
Philadelphia Allen Iverson scored 47 points and Dikembe Mutombo had 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots against his former team as Philadelphia beat Atlanta. The Hawks have lost 10 straight, including nine since trading Mutombo to Philadelphia in a five-player deal.
Pacers 99, Cavaliers 84
Indianapolis Jalen Rose scored 35 points, Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Reggie Miller added 18 points as Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak. Miller needs two more points to surpass Walt Bellamy for 21st place on the NBA's career scoring list.
Heat 86, Timberwolves 79
Miami The Miami Heat held Minnesota without a point for nearly 101/2 minutes in the second half and ended the Timberwolves' four-game winning streak.
Nets 96, Knicks 83
East Rutherford, N.J. Johnny Newman scored 18 points in his first start of the year and New Jersey beat New York in a game. Keith Van Horn added 20 points and 11 rebounds, Kenyon Martin had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Stephon Marbury added 12 points and 12 assists as the Nets beat the Knicks for the first time in three games this season.
Pistons 108, Bulls 75
Auburn Hills, Mich. Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points and Joe Smith added 16 as Detroit beat Chicago. The loss extended Chicago's franchise-record road losing streak to 17.
Mavericks 102, Warriors 73
Dallas Dirk Nowitzki shot 14-for-17 from the line and scored 32 points as Dallas beat Golden State for the eighth straight time. Juwan Howard added 15 points and Shawn Bradley had 12 points, a season-high 20 rebounds and five blocks as the Mavericks earned their fifth win in six games.
Grizzlies 95, Trail Blazers 85
Vancouver, British Columbia Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 15 points as Vancouver beat Portland, the Grizzlies' second victory over the Trail Blazers in four days.
Raptors 110, SuperSonics 99
Seattle Vince Carter scored 32 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, as Toronto beat Seattle. Carter hit a driving one-handed shot with seven minutes left to put Toronto up 88-87. The Raptors never relinquished the lead, as Carter scored seven points in the final 31/2 minutes.
Jazz 107, Suns 95
Salt Lake City Karl Malone had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Utah beat Phoenix. David Benoit scored a season-high 18 points.