Celtics rally, defeat Raptors behind Pierce's 36

The Baltimore Sun

Paul Pierce scored 22 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Boston Celtics to a 94-87 comeback win at home over the Toronto Raptors last night.

Kevin Garnett added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Ray Allen had 19 points for the Celtics (7-1). Boston scored 58 points in the second half after getting just 36 in the opening 24 minutes.

Jermaine O'Neal recovered from a rough night in Sunday's win over Charlotte, leading the Raptors (4-3) with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Parker scored 15 and Jason Kapono 14 for Toronto.

HEAT 99, NETS 94: : Dwyane Wade scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and host Miami rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the final quarter. Michael Beasley scored 19 points and Daequan Cook added 15 for the Heat, who are 3-0 at home for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Yi Jianlian made a career-best five three-pointers and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who got 22 points from Vince Carter.

PACERS 107, THUNDER 99: : T.J. Ford had 24 points and 10 assists to help host Indiana (3-3). Kevin Durant led the Thunder (1-6) with 37 points and eight rebounds, but no other Oklahoma City player scored more than 14 points in the team's fourth consecutive loss.

TRAIL BLAZERS 106, MAGIC 99: : Brandon Roy scored 27 points to lead Portland to its first road win. Dwight Howard had 29 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu added 35 points for the Magic, which finished its homestand 4-1.

SUNS 107, GRIZZLIES 102: : Leandro Barbosa scored 16 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 43.8 seconds left, and visiting Phoenix withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally for its ninth straight win over Memphis.

Off the court

Nuggets: : Denver waived Antonio McDyess, one week after obtaining him from the Pistons along with Chauncey Billups and Cheikh Samb for Allen Iverson. The move was expected as Denver tries to cut costs.

Jazz: : Center Mehmet Okur, Utah's second-leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, is returning to his home country of Turkey to deal with an illness in his family. The Jazz has excused Okur so he can be with his family. No other details were released.

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