Celtics improve to 12-1 at home
Paul Pierce recorded his seventh career triple-double and the Celtics extended their winning streak to 13 games by holding off the Indiana Pacers, 99-88, Sunday in Boston.
Pierce finished with 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double since 2006, and the Celtics got a boost from the return of Shaquille O'Neal, who scored 11 points after missing four consecutive games with a sore right calf.
Ray Allen added 18 points for the Celtics, who are 12-1 at home. Danny Granger led Indiana with 18 points.
Elsewhere: Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, Pau Gasol added 19, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Raptors, 120-110, in Toronto. The Lakers got 57 points from their reserves, including a season-high 16 from Andrew Bynum. The Lakers are 11-5 away from home, the most road wins in the NBA. Bryant started despite a sprained right pinkie he suffered Friday. . . . Devin Harris collected 22 points and eight assists, and Brook Lopez added 16 points for New Jersey in an 89-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Newark, N.J. Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 19 points. . . . Kevin Martin scored 22 points as Houston beat the Kings, 102-93, in Sacramento. Francisco Garcia and Tyreke Evans scored 14 points each for the Kings.
Pistons' Hamilton, Stuckey out
Detroit was without guards Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey, but Will Bynum's driving layup with 7.4 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Pistons a 111-108 win over New Orleans in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Pistons said Hamilton had an upset stomach, and Stuckey had a sore left big toe. Tracy McGrady and Ben Gordon started.
Personnel shortage for Phoenix
Grant Hill scored a season-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds, Steve Nash added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat host Oklahoma City, 113-110.
Three players acquired Saturday from Orlando had not yet joined the Suns. Coach Alvin Gentry said they were "going to try" to bring in Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter, and Mickael Pietrus before Monday night's game.
- Associated Press