Paul Pierce leads Boston to road win at Utah | NBA
Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven straight in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday night to...
SALT LAKE CITY — Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven straight in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday night to close out a five-game road trip.
Pierce had a chance to win it in regulation, but his 19-footer at the buzzer rimmed out.
Alec Burks' reverse layup pulled Utah to 108-105 with 37 seconds left in overtime. Kevin Garnett's banked three-pointer with 13 seconds left came after the shot clock expired, giving the Jazz another chance.
Paul Millsap was fouled before he could get off a three-pointer, but made two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining.
Courtney Lee made two free throws at the other end with 1.2 seconds left to bump Boston's lead back to three, and Randy Foye's 26-footer at the buzzer missed everything.
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 26 points, Millsap had 16 and Al Jefferson finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
• Wilson Chandler scored 23 points in place of an injured Danilo Gallinari, and Ty Lawson had 22 in host Denver's 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Gallinari, the Nuggets' leading scorer, sat out with a bruised left thigh. He wasn't needed as the Nuggets won their ninth straight game at home, snapped the Lakers' four-game winning streak and took the season series from their longtime nemesis 3-1.
The Lakers, who were shut out on the offensive glass in the first half, wanted to slow down the Nuggets but Denver outscored Los Angeles 33-3 in fast-break points.
Gallinari, who got hurt Friday night at Washington and was limited the next night at Charlotte, was an unexpected late scratch. Averaging 16.9 points, he had scored at least 19 in each of Denver's first three games against the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 29 points, and Dwight Howard added 15 points and 14 boards but missed 11 of his last 12 free throws.
• Al Horford had 23 points and 22 rebounds, and the visiting Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 114-103 for their fifth win in six games.
Josh Smith had 23 points for the Hawks, who were ahead 61-51 at halftime and led by as many as 26 in the third quarter.
Rodney Stuckey, the former Eastern Washington and Kentwood star, led Detroit with 22 points, and Jonas Jerebko scored 21.
• Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Nene had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Washington won in Toronto, 90-84, for its third straight victory.
A.J. Price and former Seattle Prep standout Martell Webster each scored 12 points for the Wizards, who won for just the fifth time in 27 road games this season. Washington's road record is the worst in the NBA.
John Wall had 10 points and seven assists, and Emeka Okafor had eight points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards won for the 14th time in 23 games.
• Oklahoma City signed veteran Derek Fisher, filling an opening for a third point guard that was created when Eric Maynor got traded to Portland. Fisher joins the Thunder for the stretch run for the second straight season. He played in 20 regular-season games and then all 20 playoff games last season. He has not played in the NBA this season after being unsigned.