Mon, 14 Mar 2005

From: Reuters

Pierce leads Boston to dramatic double overtime win

Agencies, Toronto

Paul Pierce collected 38 points, including the game-winning jumper with 23 seconds left, and 12 rebounds to give the Boston Celtics a 115-113 double overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Pierce also deflected Tayshaun Prince's last-second shot that could have sent the game into triple overtime, handing the Celtics their sixth victory in seven games.

"This was a really big win for us," said Pierce, who also pulled down 12 rebounds. "This team shows a lot of heart. The good thing about this team that I saw tonight is that we really stuck it out. Guys really stepped up and for us to pull this game out was really gutsy for us."

The Celtics trailed 111-106, but after a lay-up by Delonte West, Pierce took over scoring the next seven points, including the jumper that snapped a 113-113 tie.

Ricky Davis had 23 points as Boston inflicted a fourth straight road loss on the Pistons and their fourth defeat in five games overall.

In Philadelphia, Allen Iverson had 25 points and 12 assists as the 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 112-80.

Kyle Korver added 17 points for the Sixers and Chris Webber contributed 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 17 points and eight rebounds.

In Indianapolis, Stephen Jackson scored 22 points to help the Indiana Pacers edge the Golden State Warriors 101-83.

Reggie Miller added 19 points for Indiana while Jeff Foster had 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Mike Dunleavy led the Warriors with 18 points.

In Toronto, Tyronn Lue notched 29 points as the Atlanta Hawks ended their 23-game road losing streak with a 116-112 overtime win over the Raptors.

Al Harrington added 28 points for the Hawks, who also ended a 13-game overall losing streak. Jalen Rose had 22 points for Toronto.

In Orlando, Kevin Garnett claimed 25 points, including the game-winning three-point shot, to guide the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Magic 101-96.