Paul Pierce overcame a miserable shooting game with a key jumper in overtime and Rajon Rondo finished with a triple-double with 20 assists, 10 points and 10 rebounds to lift the surging Boston Celtics to an 88-86 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks in overtime Wednesday.
Kevin Garnett had 22 points and grabbed 12 boards before fouling out with a little less than three minutes left in OT and Brandon Bass, who also hit a jumper in OT, scored 21 points.
It was Rondo's 19th straight game with double digits in assists.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points and Josh Smith had 20 with 11 rebounds. The Hawks had won eight of 11 since losing to Boston at home on March 19.
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Pacers 104, Cavaliers 98 (OT): Danny Granger scored 23 points, five in overtime, and George Hill hit a dagger three-pointer in the extra session. The Pacers, clinging to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference, outscored the Cavs 10-4 in OT.
David West added 19 points, Hill had 17 and Roy Hibbert finished with 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks for Indiana, 6-1 in its last seven.
Clippers 100, Thunder 98: Chris Paul scored 31 points, including the game-winning shot on a layup with 8.8 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers past host Oklahoma City. Paul got past Thunder defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha and squeezed the ball onto the rim past the league's leading shot blocker, Serge Ibaka, to put L.A. ahead.
Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer that could have won it, hitting the back rim on a shot over Clippers center DeAndre Jordan from the left wing.
Jazz 103, Rockets 91: Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 29 points to help Utah keep its fading playoff hopes alive.
Paul Millsap added 21 points and Al Jefferson had 15 for the Jazz, who held the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference standings coming into the game.
The Jazz shot 51 percent and led by as many as 18.
Houston started the night in sixth in the West, and had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Lakers 98, Spurs 84: Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 30 rebounds, the most in an NBA game this season, and Los Angeles didn't need Kobe Bryant to whip host San Antonio.
Metta World Peace scored 26 points and the Lakers, playing their third straight game without the injured Bryant, manhandled the Spurs underneath to hand the West's second-place team one of its most embarrassing losses this season.
Bryant has missed three games while his sore left shin heals. There is no timetable on when the NBA's leading scorer might return.
Bynum's dominating night surpassed the previous NBA season high of 25 rebounds, set twice by Orlando's Dwight Howard and Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova.
76ers 93, Raptors 75: Thaddeus Young scored 17 points, Nikola Vucevic had 12 and visiting Philadelphia beat Toronto for an important victory in their chase of a playoff berth.
Love leaves after hit in head
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was helped off the floor by medical personnel after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from JaVale McGee when the Nuggets center went up for a shot during a game in Denver.
Love, who did not return, had missed all five of his shots in the first quarter before being knocked out of the game.
On the play, McGee caught a pass in the lane and was turning to shoot when his elbow struck Love squarely on the side of the head.
The UCLA product is the NBA's leading scorer since the All-Star break, averaging almost 29 points.
Earlier in the game, Love gave ex-Morehead State star Kenneth Faried a hard shoulder to the chest as the Nuggets rookie flew down the lane after a rebound. Faried tumbled to the floor and had to be helped off, but quickly returned.