Pierce Helps Celtics Beat Lakers in Finals Rematch

“It’s another game, but it was definitely an emotional game, especially because we lost Game 7 here,” Pierce said.

Bryant became the youngest to pass 27,000 career points but could not spark the Lakers, who have lost four of seven.

“Is it the playoffs yet?” Lakers Coach said. “No.”

Boston, which has won 8 of 10, showed off a complete offensive game, outrebounding the Lakers by 43-30, hitting nine 3-pointers and getting 34 assists.

“We knew we could run on L.A.,” Rajon Rondo said. “L.A., given the personnel that we have, we thought we could outrun them.”

Garnett was cut near his left temple in the second quarter after Pau Gasol swiped his hand at him.

HEAT 108, THUNDER 103 Eddie House made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds left, then added two free throws to seal the victory for visiting Miami, whose All-Star threesome — Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — played together for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Wade scored 32 points, James added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Bosh had 20 points.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points for Oklahoma City but missed a shot with 15 seconds left that would have tied the score.

104, 102 The backup center Marcin Gortat scored 25 points for host Phoenix. Charlotte nearly erased an 8-point deficit in the final 18 seconds, but blocked an inside attempt by Marcus Thornton with 3.9 seconds left and a 3-point attempt by the Hornets’ Chris Paul missed at the buzzer.

MAGIC 103, 87 had 20 points and 20 rebounds in three quarters of work, and Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 16 rebounds for host Orlando. Howard had his 36th double-double of the season by halftime. Cleveland has lost 30 of 31, including 20 in a row.

110, 99 Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young had 21 for host Philadelphia. Chauncey Billups led Denver with 27 points.

FINE FOR RIVERS Celtics Coach was fined $15,000 for leaving the court too slowly after being ejected from a loss Friday night in Phoenix.

FIRE O’BRIEN The Indiana Pacers fired Coach Jim O’Brien. The Pacers were 121-169 in O’Brien’s three and a half seasons, including 17-27 this season. The assistant Frank Vogel was named the interim coach.

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