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BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half, carrying the Boston Celtics to a 103-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.


Pierce made 10 of 11 shots from the floor after halftime, hitting his first eight — including his initial three 3-point attempts. He finished 13 of 16 from the field.


Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight assists for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Jason Terry had 15 points and Kevin Garnett 12.


Kyrie Irving paced Cleveland with 22 points.


Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, the league's leading rebounder, missed the game with a bruised right knee after he was hurt in Tuesday's home loss to Toronto. Tyler Zeller got his first career start and had 20 points for Cleveland.


Raptors 97, Pistons 91

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons, extending their winning streak to four games.


Jose Calderon had 17 assists, one shy of his season high, and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points for the Raptors, who last won four straight from Nov. 17-24, 2010.


Ed Davis added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven meetings with the Pistons.



Pacers 104, Jazz 84

INDIANAPOLIS — Reserve guard Gerald Green scored a season-high 21 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz.


Paul George had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and George Hill also scored 20 and had five assists for the Pacers, who matched their largest victory margin of the season and won for the fourth time in five games.


Derrick Favors scored 16 points, Alec Burks had 12 and Mo Williams 11 for the Jazz, who lost their third in the last four games.


Indiana scored more than 100 points for just the fourth time this season — and the Pacers have won all those games. Indiana also shot 51.2 percent from the field, the first time this season the Pacers were above 50 percent.


Magic 90, Wizards 83

ORLANDO, Fla. — J.J. Redick scored 17 points and fellow reserve E'Twaun Moore had 15, leading the Orlando Magic to a win over the Washington Wizards.


Redick had four 3-pointers in leading Orlando to its fourth straight win. Arron Afflalo had 15 points for the Magic.


Nene had 20 points off the bench for the Wizards, who lost their fifth in a row. Jordan Crawford added 19 points and six assists.


The Magic took a 76-63 lead into the fourth quarter but started the period shooting 3 for 15, giving the Wizards an opening they failed to capitalize on.


hunder 100, Hawks 92

ATLANTA — Kevin Durant set a season high with 41 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks for their 12th straight win.


Russell Westbrook had 27 points — 21 in the first half — and 11 assists. Durant, who had 18 points in the fourth period, had 13 rebounds.


No other Oklahoma City player scored in double figures.


Oklahoma City (21-4) improved the NBA's best record and atoned for a 104-95 home loss to the Hawks on Nov. 4. That loss left Oklahoma City 1-2; it is 20-2 since then and hasn't lost since Nov. 23 at Boston.


The 12 straight wins matches the longest streak for the franchise since 1996, when it had a 14-game winning streak as the Seattle SuperSonics.


Rockets 125, 76ers 103

HOUSTON — James Harden had 33 points and seven assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 125-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.


Harden topped 20 points for the seventh straight game to send the 76ers to their fifth straight loss. He made 17 of 18 free throws, including six in the fourth quarter, as Houston improved to 9-2 in its last 11 home games.


Toney Douglas heated up in the fourth quarter for the Rockets, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring all 17 of his points.


Reserve Nick Young scored 21 points to lead Philadelphia, which matched its most lopsided loss of the season. The 76ers also lost by 22 points against the New York Knicks on Nov. 5.


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