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New signing Marbury helps Celtics over Pacers

NEW signing Stephon Marbury scored six points in the tight fourth quarter to help the Boston Celtics edge the visiting Indiana Pacers 104-99 in the NBA yesterday.

The former New York Knicks point guard made a brief but important appearance just hours after signing with the Celtics.

Ray Allen topped the Celtics' scoring sheet with 30 points, while Rajon Rondo matched a career high with 17 assists.

Pistons 93, Magic 85

In Orlando, Florida, Detroit snapped its eight-game losing streak with an upset win at Orlando.

Richard Hamilton had 31 points and six assists in his return to the starting lineup for the Pistons, who overcame the absence of star guard Allen Iverson, who sat out with a stiff back.

The Magic fell again to a Pistons team that has knocked them out of the playoffs in the past two seasons.

Hawks 91, Heat 83

In Atlanta, the hosts beat Miami to expand their lead to 2-1/2 games over the Heat for fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Al Horford had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Hawks.

Trail Blazers 102, Timberwolves 82

In Minneapolis, Minnesota fell to its eight straight home loss, well beaten by Portland.

Brandon Roy scored 19 points against the team that originally drafted him, the Trail Blazers snapped a five-game losing streak on the road.

76ers 108, Knicks 103

In New York, Thaddeus Young scored 23 points and blocked a layup attempt with 30 seconds left to help preserve Philadelphia's win over New York.

Philadelphia led by 22 points late in the first half before the Knicks rallied.

Wizards 113, Bulls 90

In Washington, the presence of U.S. President Barack Obama courtside inspired last-placed Washington to a thrashing of Obama's favorite team Chicago.

For the first time all season, the Wizards had eight double-figure scorers, with Antawn Jamison leading the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds.


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