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Celtics outlast Nuggets in 3 OTs, win 118-114

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts to the crowd after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts to the crowd after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts to the crowd after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts to the crowd after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) receives high-fives from courtside fans near the end of the second overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) receives high-fives from courtside fans near the end of the second overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) reacts to the crowd after hitting a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets late in triple overtime of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) reacts to the crowd after hitting a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets late in triple overtime of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) competes for a loose rebound with Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) and forward Kenneth Faried, center, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) competes for a loose rebound with Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) and forward Kenneth Faried, center, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) drives against Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) drives against Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, right, goes to the hoop against Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, right, goes to the hoop against Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) brings down a rebound against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) brings down a rebound against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox, center, goes to the hoop against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox, center, goes to the hoop against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler (21) blocks a shot-attempt by Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) as forward Kevin Garnett (5) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler (21) blocks a shot-attempt by Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) as forward Kevin Garnett (5) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44) goes down after a shot-attempt against the defense of Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44) goes down after a shot-attempt against the defense of Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) brings down a rebound against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) brings down a rebound against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts to the crowd after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts to the crowd after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) receives high-fives from courtside fans near the end of the second overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) reacts to the crowd after hitting a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets late in triple overtime of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) competes for a loose rebound with Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) and forward Kenneth Faried, center, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) drives against Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The Celtics won 118-114 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, right, goes to the hoop against Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) brings down a rebound against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox, center, goes to the hoop against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler (21) blocks a shot-attempt by Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) as forward Kevin Garnett (5) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44) goes down after a shot-attempt against the defense of Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) brings down a rebound against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets yesterday.

Boston’s win also ended Denver’s winning streak at nine games.

Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench.

The Celtics also stayed unbeaten since point guard Rajon Rondo’s season-ending knee injury.

Terry hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining in the third overtime to put the Celtics ahead 116-113.

Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, hit a free throw, but Denver would not get any closer.

Terry, who had missed five consecutive 3-point shots in the first two overtimes, also made the defensive play of the game when he stole the ball from Andre Miller with 35 seconds remaining.

Denver had one last gasp as Miller missed a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining before Terry dribbled the ball up the court and made a layup at the buzzer to finish the scoring.

Denver’s Ty Lawson had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds and hit several key shots, including a running bank shot to send the game into overtime tied at 92-92.

Gallinari struggled from the field as he shot 7-of-20 for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Denver.

Garnett was 3-of-4 from the field in overtime after missing 14 of his previous 20 shots.

With Denver leading 105-104 in the second overtime, Lawson hit another jumper to put the Nuggets up 107-104 with 18.9 seconds remaining.

But Pierce hit a 3-pointer with Miller in his face with five seconds left to tie the game at 107-107.

Gallinari then had an open lane to the basket as he was overplayed by Garnett, but missed his shot as time ran out.

Jeff Green’s 3-pointer tied the game at 99-99 with 23.8 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but Lawson’s long 3-pointer fell short at the buzzer.

Denver failed to hit its last shot in all three overtimes with chances to win the game in the first two and to tie it in the third.

Green’s jumper put Boston ahead 92-90 with 47.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Miller then missed consecutive shots on the ensuing Denver possessions, but Faried was fouled with 5.4 seconds remaining.

Faried missed both free throws, but Celtics guard Avery Bradley knocked the ball out of bounds. Lawson then scored with 0.8 seconds remaining.

Gallinari, who averages 20 points per game to lead Denver, was held to three points in the first half on 1-of-6 shooting as the Nuggets trailed 50-46 at the break.

SPURS 111, NETS 86

Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists in another brilliant performance without his two sidekicks, and San Antonio dominated the second half to beat Brooklyn.

Danny Green added 14 points and Tiago Splitter had 13 for the Spurs, who were again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili because of injuries as they beat the Nets for the 19th time in 20 meetings. Concord’s Matt Bonner was 3-for-3 from behind the arc and finished with 11 points.

Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Brook Lopez had 18 for the Nets.

THUNDER 97, SUNS 69

Thabo Sefolosha made a career-high five 3-pointers and Oklahoma City routed Phoenix for the second game in a row.

The 28-point blowout followed a 127-96 romp over the Suns in Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 24 points in 28 minutes in the Thunder’s 10th straight victory over Phoenix, the longest active streak for any Suns opponent.

CLIPPERS 102, KNICKS 88

Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury and reserve Jamal Crawford had 27 to lead Los Angeles over New York.

Carmelo Anthony had 42 points – his fifth 40-point game this season – for the Knicks, but made only one basket in the fourth quarter as 40-year-old Grant Hill came off the bench to defend him.

Heat 107, lakers 97

LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and Miami beat Los Angeles for its fifth straight win.

It was James’s fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He’s shot better than 60 percent in all five of those games.

Mario Chalmers scored 13 and Chris Bosh finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat.

Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 18 points from Earl Clark. The Lakers had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, while Miami had none.

MAGIC 110, BLAZERS 104

J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds, and Orlando snapped a 12-game losing streak with a win over Portland.

The Magic shot 50 percent from the field in earning their first win since Jan. 16. They play their next two games at home. Reserve Gustavo Ayon had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 25 points.

GRIZZLIES 105, TIMBERWOLVES 88

Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, and Memphis pulled away in the second quarter before coasting to a win over Minnesota.

Three other Memphis players – Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Austin Daye – each finished with 16 points. Conley also handed out eight assists, while Randolph grabbed eight rebounds to help the Grizzlies win their second straight.

RAPTORS 102, HORNETS 89

John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to match his season high and Rudy Gay had 20 points to lead Toronto over New Orleans.

Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 10 assists, and Amir Johnson scored 14 points for the Raptors, who won consecutive games for the first time since beating Philadelphia and Charlotte on Jan. 9 and 11.

Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors blew open a close game by outscoring the Hornets 33-23 in the final quarter.

Robin Lopez scored 19 points, Greivis Vasquez had 17 and Ryan Anderson 15 for the Hornets, who lost for the first time in three games. Brian Roberts had 13 points for New Orleans.

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