Pacers’ Comeback Victory Keeps Celtics Stumbling

Danny Granger had 18 points and Darren Collison 17 for the Pacers. Indiana outscored Boston, 26-15, in the fourth quarter.

Hibbert said, “I just came out aggressive and wanted to be a force down there offensively and defensively.”

Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points, and Glen Davis added 20 for the Celtics, who are fading in their quest to catch Chicago for the best record in the East. Boston is 5-7 since March 9 and trails the by two games.

“We became a great team because we were known to do it for 48 minutes,” the Celtics’ said. “We seem to be missing that right now.”

Indiana remained a game ahead of the in the East.

100, 95 The rookie John Wall scored 28 points and Jordan Crawford hit a key shot at the end of regulation and made two steals in overtime to lead Washington to only its second road win. Crawford finished with 25 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter and the game-tying shot with 4.4 seconds left. Utah has lost six in a row.

97, BULLS 85 Thaddeus Young scored 21 points and Philadelphia built a 23-point lead and held on, ending Chicago’s 14-game home winning streak.

Chicago, losing for only the second time in its last 14 games over all, got 31 points from Derrick Rose, who also had 10 turnovers. Andre Iguodala added 19 points and 7 assists for the 76ers.

100, 92 Andre Miller scored 26 points and visiting Portland beat banged-up San Antonio as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and sat out with injuries.

The Spurs have the best record in the , 57-17, but have lost a season-high four games in a row and two in three days to the Blazers. San Antonio’s Western Conference lead over the is down to three and a half games.

BOBCATS 87, 86 Gerald Henderson scored the final 7 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left, and short-handed Charlotte staged an unlikely comeback to beat visiting Milwaukee.

Starting with no available centers before losing their top two point guards to injuries, the Bobcats remained in playoff contention after missed two layups and a 3-pointer in the final 15 seconds that would have put the Bucks ahead.

The Bobcats held Milwaukee scoreless over the final 3:52.

Kwame Brown, the Bobcats’ starting center, left the team Monday to be with his ill daughter in Georgia, and Joel Przybilla (knee) and DeSagana Diop (Achilles’ tendon) were already sidelined.

JAMES HOMECOMING, PART II will play in Cleveland for the second time since rejecting the last summer as a free agent when the goes to Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.

Nearly four months since his last visit, he is not expecting as much outward hostility. “Can’t get no worse than it was Dec. 2,” he said. “I know that for a fact.”

James scored 38 points and powered the Heat to a 118-90 victory, triggering a plunge by the Cavaliers, who have the league’s worst record (14-58).

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Jason Kidd’s Season-High 21 Points Help Mavericks Top Lakers

Kidd was 8 of 12 after going 1 of 14 over his previous two games. Jason Terry and Shawn Marion added 22 points each. The Mavericks made a similar turnaround, going from five straight losses by at least 10 points each to a convincing win over the two-time defending champion Lakers.

The Lakers led by 11 in the first half and were up 8 midway through the third quarter. Then the Mavericks got rolling. They were up 9 going into the fourth quarter, and was unable to force a tight finish. Pau Gasol scored 23 points as the Lakers lost for only the second time in 10 games. Bryant had 21 points and 10 assists.

86, 82 Paul Pierce scored 22 points, and Ray Allen hit a jumper with 25 seconds left to give host Boston its first lead of the second half and its fourth straight win. The loss ended Detroit’s season-high three-game winning streak.

MAGIC 99, SIXERS 98 Ryan Anderson scored 20 points and added 18 as host Orlando overcame a 7-point second-half deficit to outlast the Philadelphia in overtime.

104, 95 DeJuan Blair had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help host San Antonio rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Toronto.

Manu Ginobili scored 23 points and Tony Parker added 17 for the Spurs, who improved their league-best record to 36-6.

112, THUNDER 107 had 35 points and Chauncey Billups and Nene each added 16 points for host Denver, which took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.

106, 98 scored 27 points, Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists, and visiting Phoenix won its fourth game in a row, and sent Cleveland to its 14th straight defeat.

Cleveland trimmed a 17-point deficit in the second half to 3 but could not get closer. The Cavaliers (8-33) have not won since Dec. 18.

103, GRIZZLIES 102 Marcus Thornton broke up an inbounds pass with 14 seconds left in overtime and then finished a fast break with a reverse layup, lifting host New Orleans over Memphis.

bucks 100, 87 Keyon Dooling scored a season-high 23 points, Corey Maggette added 21, and Milwaukee dropped Washington to 0-20 on the road.

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Vintage Effort by Shaquille O’Neal Leads Celtics Over Nets

(5-10) led by 2 after three quarters, but Boston (11-4) outscored them, 28-20, in the final 12 minutes.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points and Ray Allen had 15 for the Celtics, who lost guard Delonte West to a broken right wrist.

The Nets were led by Devin Harris, who had 20 points, and Anthony Morrow, who added 18.

MAGIC 104, HEAT 95 had 24 points and 18 rebounds, and J. J. Redick scored 20 points as host Orlando sent Miami to its third straight loss by avenging a 26-point loss at Miami earlier this season.

had 25 points, Chris Bosh finished with 21 and Dwyane Wade scored 18 for Miami.

111, THUNDER 103 scored 34 points, Tyson Chandler had season highs with 17 points and 18 rebounds, and visiting Dallas charged past Oklahoma City in the fourth quarter.

Nowitzki and Jason Terry teamed to score 10 straight points in a 57-second span to put Dallas up for good midway through the final period, and the Mavericks sealed it with a 12-0 run.

Kevin Durant had a team-high 32 points for Oklahoma City, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

113, 109 Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to rally San Antonio from 21 points down for its 12th straight victory, in overtime over host Minnesota.

Kevin Love had 32 points and 22 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

83, 81 Mo Williams made a 15-foot jumper over Milwaukee’s as time expired to help host Cleveland snap a three-game skid. Williams finished with 25 points against his former team.

IN OTHER GAMES Derrick Rose scored 35 points as Chicago beat host Phoenix in double overtime, 123-115. … Deron Williams had 26 points and 11 assists as host Utah beat New Orleans, 105-87, sending the (11-3) to their second straight loss. … Andrea Bargnani scored 24 points and Reggie Evans had 20 rebounds as host Toronto extended its winning streak to four games by beating Philadelphia, 106-90. The are 1-8 on the road. … Zach Randolph had 21 points and 14 rebounds as host Memphis beat Detroit, 105-84. … Kevin Martin scored 25 points and host Houston held off foul-prone Golden State, 111-101, to snap a four-game losing streak. Golden State has lost six of seven.

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