Paul Pierce made a tiebreaking jumper with 0.4 seconds left, Amar'e Stoudemire's three-pointer at the buzzer was ruled too late, and the Boston Celtics pulled out a 118-116 victory over the Knicks in New York on Wednesday night for their 11th straight win.
Elsewhere: Carlos Boozer had a season-high 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls won their seventh straight game by beating host Toronto, 110-93. . . . Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 31 points in the second half to help the visiting Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers, 109-94. . . . O.J. Mayo scored 24 points, Rudy Gay had 23, and the Memphis Grizzlies jumped to an early lead and routed the visiting Charlotte Bobcats, 113-80. . . . Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James added 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, and the host Miami Heat won their 10th straight game, holding off the Cavaliers, 101-95. . . . Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Thabo Sefolosha added a season-high 15 points and nine rebounds, and the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets, 117-105, in Oklahoma City. . . . Manu Ginobili hit a fallaway jumper as time expired, lifting the San Antonio Spurs over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 92-90.
The Boston Pops will be importing a big conductor.
Shaquille O'Neal will climb the podium, put on his tailcoat and white tie, and lead the orchestra in Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" during a concert Monday night at Symphony Hall.
The Boston Celtics' 7-foot-1 center will participate in a program focusing on holiday-season music.
The Chicago Bulls announced after Wednesday's game that center Joakim Noah will miss eight to 10 weeks following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Noah was injured Nov. 27 at Sacramento but has been able to play through pain for the last nine games.