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NBA: Celtics edge Bucks

The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) – Paul Pierce scored 12 of his 28 points in overtime to reach 20,000 points in his career, added a key steal with 27 seconds left, and helped the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-102 on Wednesday night.

Ray Allen had 23 points for the Celtics (4-1), Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 15 assists, and Kevin Garnett scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Andrew Bogut led the Bucks (1-4) with 21 points and 13 boards. Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino each scored 15 points and Brandon Jennings had 13.

Lakers 112, Kings 100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Kobe Bryant had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles win its fifth straight game to open the season.

Pau Gasol added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 18 for the Lakers, who have won seven straight against their Northern California rivals.

Bryant had his 17th career triple-double and first since Jan. 21, 2009, against the Clippers. He had only two triple-doubles the past five seasons.

Tyreke Evans scored 21 to lead the Kings. Francisco Garcia, Carl Landry and Beno Udrih each added 17.

Hawks 94, Pistons 85

ATLANTA (AP) – Al Horford had six straight points in an 18-4 run to finish the game and undefeated Atlanta beat winless Detroit.

Josh Smith had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks (5-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference.

Ben Gordon had 22 points but it wasn’t enough for Detroit.

The Pistons are 0-5 for the first time since the 1980-81 season, when they started 0-7. They won their fifth game after starting 0-4 in 1999-2000.

Magic 128, Timberwolves 86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Dwight Howard had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shot, which was coming off an embarrassing meltdown Monday night at Golden State, tried to make a game of it in the third quarter. The Raptors pulled within a point behind the scoring of Andrea Bargnani (26 points), Jarrett Jack (14) and DeMar DeRozan (16).

Warriors 115, Grizzlies 109

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Monta Ellis scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, Dorell Wright made a career-high seven 3-pointers and Golden State overcame a sloppy offensive night to beat Memphis.

Wright had 25 points and six rebounds, and David Lee added 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors (3-1), who committed a season-high 20 turnovers.

Rudy Gay scored a season-high 35 points and had seven rebounds for Memphis, which lost its third straight at Oracle Arena. Mike Conley added 18 points and a career-high 13 assists.

Spurs 112, Suns 110

PHOENIX (AP) – Richard Jefferson hit four fourth-quarter 3-pointers, including the go-ahead basket with 1:38 remaining, and San Antonio edged Phoenix.

Jefferson finished with 28 points, Tim Duncan had 25 and Manu Ginobili added 18 for the Spurs, who won in Phoenix for the first time since Jan. 29, 2009.

Jason Richardson scored 21 points, Hakim Warrick added 19 off the bench and Steve Nash also had 19 for the Suns, who have lost consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25-26. Phoenix is 1-3 for the first time since 2006-07.

Clippers 107, Thunder 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eric Gordon scored 27 points, rookie Eric Bledsoe added 17 points and eight assists in his second career start, and Los Angeles held Kevin Durant to a horrific shooting night in its first victory of the season.

Blake Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who rebounded from an 0-4 start with an impressive win over the Thunder and Durant, last season’s NBA scoring champion. Durant scored 16 points but missed 10 3-point attempts while going 6 for 24 against Los Angeles.

Jeff Green had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their second straight game in embarrassing fashion following a 21-point home loss to Utah.