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Garnett's jumper gives Celtics OT win over Knicks

KEVIN Garnett made a jumper to beat the overtime buzzer, giving the Boston Celtics a 107-105 victory over the New York Knicks yesterday.

Paul Pierce scored a season-high 33 points, and had all of Boston's points in overtime until the final shot. Two Knicks followed Pierce on the final play, leaving Garnett wide open from the top of the key for his 19-footer.

Rajon Rondo finished with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as Boston won for the second time in five games.

Reserve Al Harrington scored 30 points and David Lee had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks.

Heat 102, Hornets 101

At Miami, Dwyane Wade had 31 points, and Udonis Haslem hit a jumper with 15.4 seconds left to lift Miami.

Haslem finished with 14 points off the bench, including both field goals for the Heat in the final minute. He tied the game at 100-all with 45 seconds left and then, after Marcus Thornton put the Hornets ahead with a free throw, Haslem won it with a shot from the left side.

Thornton had 24 points and David West added 13 for New Orleans, which is still without injured point guard Chris Paul.

Lakers 101, Thunder 85

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, including an astonishing basket from behind the backboard, as the defending NBA champion Lakers routed Oklahoma City.

The Lakers, who squeaked out a 101-98 overtime win at Oklahoma City on Nov. 3, had this one in control throughout with help from Andrew Bynum's 25 points and nine rebounds. Bryant also had seven assists and six rebounds.

Pau Gasol, playing his second game since coming back from a right hamstring strain, had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 19 points.

Bobcats 104, Pacers 88

At Charlotte, Nazr Mohammed scored 18 points, Boris Diaw added 17 and the Bobcats snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Rookie Derrick Brown scored a season-high 13 and Stephen Jackson added 10 in his first home game with Charlotte, helping the NBA's lowest-scoring team to its best offensive performance in weeks.

Dahntay Jones scored 19 points and Danny Granger had 18 for Indiana, which has lost three straight following a five-game winning streak.

Magic 104, Raptors 96

At Toronto, Vince Carter scored 24 points, while Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Orlando won its fifth straight.

J.J. Redick had 19 points, Jason Williams had 16 and Rashard Lewis added 11 for the Magic, who have won eight of 10.

Chris Bosh scored 22 points, Jose Calderon had 16 and Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 for Toronto, which has lost four of five. The Raptors are 4-2 at home this season, with both defeats coming against the Magic.

Suns 117, Pistons 91

At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Steve Nash added 20, then sat out the fourth quarter to watch the Suns hand road-weary Detroit its fifth straight loss.

Nash made 7 of 8 shots and had nine assists. Jason Richardson scored 17 as the Suns, with six players in double figures, improved to 5-0 at home and equaled Atlanta and Orlando for the best record in the young NBA season.

Charlie Villanueva and rookie DaJuan Summers each scored 13 for Detroit. Ben Gordon was in foul trouble and finished with 10 on 3-of-11 shooting.

The Pistons, who lost at Utah in overtime on Saturday night, finished off a winless four-game road trip.


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