BOSTON - Paul Pierce scored a season-high 32 points and Kevin Garnett had an easy 15 with seven rebounds last night as the Boston Celtics overcame Ray Allen's absence to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-82, and match the franchise record with a 12-0 start at home.

With Allen sitting out a game or two to rest a sore ankle, Tony Allen started and scored 11 points. Rajon Rondo scored 17 for Boston, which also won its first 12 home games in 1984.

Garnett played just 29 minutes for the Celtics, who pulled away when they outscored Milwaukee, 32-15, in the third quarter.

Mo Williams scored 14 for the Bucks.

Nets 105, Cavaliers 97

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Vince Carter matched a season high with 32 points, Richard Jefferson had 24, and New Jersey snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Cleveland.

Jason Kidd finished with eight points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

LeBron James had 29 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Cavs.

Raptors 104, Pacers 93

INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Kapono scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to help Toronto beat Indiana for its fourth straight win.

Chris Bosh had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Jose Calderon had a career-high 16 assists and 18 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit.

Sonics 99, Timberwolves 88

MINNEAPOLIS - Chris Wilcox had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help Seattle overcome a sluggish start and beat Minnesota.

Magic 103, Bobcats 87

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dwight Howard had 33 points and 18 rebounds and Orlando Magic wore down undermanned Charlotte to snap a three-game losing streak.

Hitting the court an hour after a trade that sent starting center Primoz Brezec and forward Walter Herrmann to Detroit for center Nazr Mohammed, the Bobcats were no match for Howard inside.

Clippers 98, Grizzlies 91

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Chris Kaman and Corey Maggette both scored 23 points and Kaman grabbed 16 rebounds as Los Angeles used a 10-2 fourth-quarter run to beat Memphis.

Bulls 101, Knicks 96

CHICAGO - Luol Deng scored 29 points, Kirk Hinrich delivered the second triple-double of his career, and Chicago hung on to hand New York its fifth straight loss.

The Knicks were without Stephon Marbury, who missed his third straight game, and forward Quentin Richardson, who sat out with a strained tendon in his right knee.

Marbury played in the first two games following the funeral of his father, Donald, who died Dec. 2, but he left the team Sunday.

Hinrich finished with 15 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds. His only other triple-double was against Golden State on Feb. 28, 2004.

Mavericks 89, Hornets 80

DALLAS - Jason Terry scored 25 points and reserve Jerry Stackhouse added 16 to lead Dallas past New Orleans.

Pistons 91, Hawks 81

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Detroit topped Atlanta.

Woman sues Kidd.

A 23-year-old model has filed a lawsuit accusing Nets star Jason Kidd of groping and threatening her at a Manhattan nightclub two months ago.

A spokesman for Kidd denied the allegations as a "false" and "defamatory" attempt to get money from the player, who earns almost $20 million a year.

The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, said Kidd "battered and assaulted" the woman on Oct. 10 when he "grabbed her buttocks and crotch on multiple occasions."