N.B.A. ROUNDUP; Pacers’ Comeback Victory Keeps Celtics Stumbling

Roy Hibbert scored 26 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Boston Celtics, 107-100, on Monday night and remain in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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 Bulls by two games.

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

Indiana remained a game ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats in the East.

WIZARDS 100, JAZZ 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.

76ERS 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.

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

The Spurs have the best record in the N.B.A., 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 Los Angeles Lakers is down to three and a half games.

BOBCATS 87, BUCKS 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 Brandon Jennings 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 IILeBron James will play in Cleveland for the second time since rejecting the Cavaliers last summer as a free agent when the Miami Heat 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).

PHOTO: The Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson, who had 18 points, got by the Bucks’ Luc Mbah a Moute. (PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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N.B.A. ROUNDUP; Nets Top Celtics to Stretch Winning Streak to Five

Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Deron Williams added 16 and made the clinching 3-pointer, and the Nets extended their longest winning streak in three years to five games with an 88-79 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics on Monday night.

Kris Humphries had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Nets end a nine-game home losing streak against the Celtics.

The Nets have won five in a row over all for the first time since the 2007-8 season. Although a long shot with a five-and-a-half-game deficit to overcome in the last month, the Nets are not out of the postseason race yet.

”I think we are playing good right now, we are jelling pretty well, having such a short time together,” Williams said. ”We’re having fun. These games are important right now, not only because we have a chance to make the playoffs, but for the future and going forward next year.”

Ray Allen scored 19 points and Kevin Garnett had 18 for the Celtics, who could not overcome horrible shooting nights from the All-Stars Paul Pierce (7 points) and Rajon Rondo (2 points) and fell back into a tie with the Chicago Bulls for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

HEAT 110, SPURS 80 Chris Bosh had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 29 and host Miami avenged its worst loss of the season by rolling past league-leading San Antonio.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the Heat, who have won three straight. Miami lost, 125-95, in San Antonio on March 4, the midpoint of a five-game slide that now seems all but forgotten after wins over the Lakers, the Grizzlies and now the Spurs.

Monday’s loss was the Spurs’ biggest regular-season loss since April 7, 2005, a 104-68 defeat in Dallas.

GRIZZLIES 105, CLIPPERS 82 Zach Randolph had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis top visiting Los Angeles and secure its hold on the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Clippers rookie Blake Griffin was limited to 8 points and 9 rebounds, his fourth straight game without reaching a double-double — his longest such drought.

ROCKETS 95, SUNS 93 Kevin Martin scored 23 points, Chuck Hayes had a career-high 21 points and 9 rebounds and Houston ended a seven-game losing streak against visiting Phoenix.

Vince Carter scored 21 to lead the Suns, who played without point guard Steve Nash for the second straight game.

NUGGETS 114, HORNETS 103 Ty Lawson scored 23 points and Denver combined for 17 3-pointers in a victory at New Orleans.

Raymond Felton added 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for Denver, while J. R. Smith hit five 3s and finished with 18 points. Denver made 17 of 29 3-pointers to build a 23-point lead in the third quarter.

THUNDER 116, WIZARDS 89 Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 18 points and 12 assists to help Oklahoma City to an easy win at Washington.

It was the 25th time this season that Durant, the N.B.A. scoring leader, scored at least 30 points.

JAZZ 112, SIXERS 107 Andrei Kirilenko scored 7 of his 16 points in overtime to lead short-handed Utah past visiting Philadelphia.

The Jazz led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, 18 in the third and 15 in the fourth before Philadelphia rallied.

PHOTO: The Celtics’ Paul Pierce, fighting Brook Lopez for a rebound, was held to 7 points. (PHOTOGRAPH BY JULIO CORTEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Raptors Overcome 25-Point Deficit to Beat Pistons

Toronto overcame a 25-point second-half deficit to end a four-game losing streak. The victory was only the Raptors’ third of the season on the road.

Andrea Bargnani added 22 points and Leandro Barbosa scored 20 for Toronto. Ben Wallace had a career-high 23 points for Detroit.

Detroit led by 25 midway through the third period, then faltered on defense. The Pistons’ strong shooting kept the margin at 99-83 going into the fourth, but Toronto kept the rally going.

Bargnani’s 3-pointer pulled the Raptors within, 106-98, with 8 minutes 18 seconds remaining, and the former Piston Amir Johnson followed with a 3-point play.

The Raptors cut it to 110-107, and Bargnani tied it with another 3 with 2:05 left. 93, 62 Ray Allen and Glen Davis scored 16 points apiece and visiting Boston won its 10th game in a row with a victory over Charlotte. had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Boston played its second straight game without center , who was resting his sore right calf.

103, 97 had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and host Dallas extended its winning streak to 12 games with a victory over Utah.

DeShawn Stevenson added a season-high 17 points, and Caron Butler had 16 points for Dallas.

The Dallas-area native Deron Williams scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half and paced the Jazz, who had won 9 of 11.

Hawks 97, 83 Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Josh Smith added 21 to lead Atlanta to a home victory over Indiana.

Center Al Horford had 16 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists for the Hawks.

Mike Dunleavy had 16 points and Danny Granger and Brandon Rush each added 14 for the Pacers.

IN OTHER GAMES Derrick Rose had 21 points and 7 assists, leading the to their season-best fifth straight victory in a 113-82 win over the visiting . … Kevin Martin scored 32 of his season-high 40 points in the first half, and Luis Scola added 14 points and 14 rebounds as the won at home, 110-95, over the . … Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points, and the visiting held on for an 84-83 victory over the .

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