Depleted Celtics Hold the Magic to 56 Points

Paul Pierce and the former Magic forward Brandon Bass each scored 19 points to carry the injury-riddled Celtics to an 87-56 win over Orlando on Monday night in Boston.

The Magic set franchise lows for points and field goals (16).

“Defensively, that was as good as you can get,” Rivers said after his team matched a club record for fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era, also accomplished last season against Milwaukee.

Boston was minus the starters Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo and three bench players.

Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic started in the backcourt for Boston and attempted to pressure Orlando’s guards early, helping the Celtics pick up the defensive pressure.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

“They came out and absolutely dominated us with their energy and defensive intensity,” Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said.

ROCKETS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 92 Kevin Martin scored 31 points to lead Houston to its seventh straight victory in Coach Kevin McHale’s first game back at Target Center since he was fired by Minnesota in 2009.

BULLS 110, NETS 95 Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton each scored 22 points to lead banged-up Chicago at home. Rose had eight assists and hung with Deron Williams after missing four games with a sprained left big toe.

MAVERICKS 93, SUNS 87 Shawn Marion scored a season-high 29 points and short-handed Dallas stretched its home winning streak to seven games.

SPURS 104, HORNETS 102 Tim Duncan sank a 13-foot running hook with 1.4 seconds left to finish with a season-high 28 points, and San Antonio sent host New Orleans to its eighth straight loss.

103, 83 had 17 points and 9 rebounds for Philadelphia, which improved to 8-1 at home.

THUNDER 99, PISTONS 79 Russell Westbrook and the reserve James Harden each scored 24 points in Oklahoma City’s fourth straight blowout win at home.

HAWKS 97, BUCKS 92 Joe Johnson scored 15 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, rallying visiting Atlanta.

WEST ON JACKSON Jerry West, who lured Phil Jackson to Los Angeles to coach the Lakers, said he would not be surprised if Jackson wound up where he started his career, with the Knicks.

West, speaking in theory because in fact the Knicks have a coach in Mike D’Antoni, said, “I think it would be an unbelievably popular hire.” Referring to Jackson, who is in the first year of his third retirement from coaching, he added, “It’s probably a shame if he doesn’t coach again.”

In an , Jackson, 66, said he twice has turned down chances to return to the team he played for from 1967 to 1978. West and Jackson had a chilly relationship, but their collaboration produced three N.B.A. championships, in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

On Monday, speaking at media day for the Northern Trust Open, a PGA Tour stop in Pacific Palisades, Calif., for which he is the executive director and chief fund-raiser, West said: “It was evident I didn’t have a relationship with Phil. I respected him for what he did. He did the job he was hired to do.” He added, “He’s done great work everywhere he’s been.” KAREN CROUSE

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