Celtics stop Nuggets in triple OT

Posted: February 11, 2013

The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple-overtime win Sunday night over the visiting Nuggets, ending Denver's winning streak at nine games.

Paul Pierce led Boston with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists - and hit a three-pointer in the second OT to make it 107-all and extend the game.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench. Terry also hit a three-pointer with 1 minute, 33 seconds remaining in the third overtime to put the Celtics ahead for good.

Boston has not lost since all-star point guard Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury on Jan. 25.

Heat douse Lakers

Miami's LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting, and Dwyane Wade, who also was 12 for 18, added 30 as the host Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-97, for their fifth straight win.

James set a club record in the win, recording his fifth consecutive game with at least 30 points. He has shot better than 60 percent in all five of those games.

Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 15 points each from Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

James scored 20 in the second half and Wade had 18 in the final two quarters when the Heat took control of a game knotted at halftime. The Heat have won six of their last seven games against the Lakers.

Elsewhere: Orlando snapped a 12-game skid with a 110-104 home victory over Portland. J.J. Redick scored 22 points and Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds for the Magic. . . . The host Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Hornets, 102-89, for their second consecutive victory since beating the 76ers and the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 9 and 11.

- Associated Press

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