BOSTON - Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a three-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird. Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.
Rajon Rondo added 14 assists and 10 points, Kevin Garnett scored 22 and Ray Allen finished with 17 points.
Reggie Williams scored 21 for the Bobcats, who lost their 12th straight despite staying within 11 points through the first three quarters.
HEAT 107, CAVALIERS 91
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James added 24 against his former team and the Miami Heat tuned up for a long road trip by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Chris Bosh finished with 15 points for the Heat, who have won 11 of their last 13 games. Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem each scored 14 for Miami, which starts a stretch of five road games in seven nights at Orlando on Wednesday, then caps the trip with a visit to Cleveland on Feb. 17.
Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and had nine rebounds for Cleveland, which got 17 from Alonzo Gee, and 16 points, six rebounds and six assists from Kyrie Irving.
SUNS 107, BUCKS 105
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Steve Nash hit a driving layup with 5 seconds left, giving the Phoenix Suns a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Michael Redd scored 14 points and came away with a win against his former team, but it wasn't easy. The Suns blew a big lead in the second half and had to rally at the end.
Marcin Gortat scored 21 points and Jared Dudley added 19 for the Suns, who have won three straight. Nash had 18 points and 11 assists.
Drew Gooden scored a season-high 25 for the Bucks, who have lost three straight.
TIMBERWOLVES 86, KINGS 84
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nikola Pekovic had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Beasley added 17 points and 14 boards to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Sacramento Kings in their first game without the suspended Kevin Love.
Ricky Rubio had 14 assists and five steals and Derrick Williams scored seven of his 14 points in the final four minutes to give the Timberwolves their third straight win.
DeMarcus Cousins had 10 points and 11 rebounds while battling foul trouble for most of the game. Jimmer Fredette scored all 13 of his points in the final period. But Tyreke Evans and Cousins combined to shoot just 8 for 26 to snap their three-game winning streak.
PACERS 104, JAZZ 99
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Darren Collison had 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Utah Jazz.
Collison shot 10 of 14 from the floor, and added five assists.
Paul Millsap had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their second straight game at the end of a back-to-back.
The Jazz trailed 84-77 at the end of the third quarter and scored eight straight to take a lead, but were never able to pull away.
THUNDER 119, WARRIORS 116
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant hit a go-ahead bank shot with 14.2 seconds remaining, and NBA-leading Oklahoma City overcame career performances by Monta Ellis and David Lee to beat Golden State.
Durant finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Russell Westbrook added 31 points and seven rebounds to give Oklahoma City its fourth win in five games. After rallying for a thrilling overtime victory at Portland a night earlier, the Thunder had to sweat out another frantic finish.
Ellis scored a career-high 48 points, and Lee had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double. Ellis and Brandon Rush both missed three-pointers in the closing seconds to tie or take the lead.