BOSTON Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce made the go-ahead layup with 25 seconds left after Boston blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead, and the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 92-91 on Friday night to improve to 8-0.
Pierce scored 12 points, Ray Allen had 19, and Rajon Rondo had nine points and 10 assists for Boston, which had not started a season with eight straight wins since the 1972-73 team won its first 10. Miami dropped to 1-8, but only after scoring 15 straight points in the fourth to tie it.
The Heat took a 91-90 lead on Udonis Haslem's free throw with 33 seconds left. But Pierce muscled his way to the basket to give the Celtics back the lead.
Dwyane Wade, making his first start after offseason knee and shoulder surgery, dribbled out most of the clock before missing Miami's last shot.
The Celtics face their biggest challenge so far on Sunday when they play the Southeast Division-leading Magic in Orlando.Wade, who came off the bench and played 24 minutes for his first appearance on Wednesday, scored 23 for Miami. He also missed five free throws and the Heat shot just 16-for-28 from the line. Shaquille O'Neal had 17 points and nine rebounds.
SUPERSONICS 126, HAWKS 123 (2OT): At Atlanta, rookie Kevin Durant made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime, and Damien Wilkins scored a career-high 41 points for Seattle. With Al Horford guarding him at the top of the key, Durant pumped once to get the defender in the air before shooting over his outstretched arm. Durant, the No. 2 overall draft pick, finished with 21 points. Seattle improved to 2-8 following a victory on Wednesday night at Miami. Joe Johnson had a season-high 39 for the Hawks.
MAGIC 95, NETS 70: East Rutherford, N.J., Dwight Howard had 21 points, 19 rebounds and became the NBA's youngest player to reach 3,000 rebounds, leading Orlando past New Jersey. Rashard Lewis added 27 points, and Jameer Nelson hit two 3-pointers in a decisive third-quarter spurt that carried the Magic to a franchise record-tying sixth straight road win. Orlando's 8-2 start is its best since the lockout-shortened 98-99 season.
Orlando never trailed after the opening minutes and the only question was whether Howard (21 years, 343 days old) would get his 3,000th rebound. He corralled it with 6:25 to play, breaking the old mark set by Shaquille O'Neal, when he was 23-plus years old and also playing for the Magic.New Jersey's Jason Kidd recorded the 89th triple-double of his career with a career-high 19 rebounds, 11 points and 10 assists.
SPURS 90, ROCKETS 84: At San Antonio. Tim Duncan had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Manu Ginobili added 19 points and Michael Finley had 17 for the Spurs. Luis Scola, whose rights were traded from the Spurs to Houston over the summer, had a breakout game, scoring 20 points. Shane Battier added 16. The Rockets, without the injured Tracy McGrady, tied it at 80 with 3:48 to play on Scola's jumper. But even with Yao Ming's eight points in the quarter, the Spurs were able to pull away.
76ERS 92, TRAIL BLAZERS 88: At Philadelphia, Louis Williams scored all 19 of his points in the second half to help Philadelphia overcome a 25-point deficit. The 76ers missed 15 straight shots spanning the first two quarters, and scored only 27 points in the first half. LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy each scored 25 points for Portland.
HORNETS 120, GRIZZLIES 118 (OT): At Memphis, Tenn., David West scored a career-high 40 points, including the go-ahead 15-footer with 8.3 seconds left in overtime, for New Orleans. Chris Paul added 28 points and 13 assists in the victory that ran the Hornets' record to 8-2, the best start in franchise history. The win wasn't assured until Memphis forward Rudy Gay missed an 11-footer with about 2 seconds left in overtime.
West was 17-of-29 from the field. Peja Stojakovic finished with 17 points, and Bobby Jackson had 14. Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 17 rebounds.Juan Carlos Navarro led the Grizzlies with 28 points.
RAPTORS 110, PACERS 101: At Toronto, Chris Bosh scored 22 points, and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists for the Raptors. Anthony Parker and T.J. Ford each scored 15 points to help Toronto end a three-game home losing streak. Troy Murphy and Jamaal Tinsley each scored 20 points for the Pacers (3-6), who lost their sixth straight.
WIZARDS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 89: At Minneapolis, Caron Butler scored a season-high 29 points, and Gilbert Arenas added 27 for Washington.Arenas scored six straight points to ignite a decisive 20-3 fourth-quarter run that helped the Wizards take control. Butler also had a key steal of an inbounds pass and Minnesota committed several turnovers during that decisive stretch. Rashad McCants led Minnesota with 19 points.
WARRIORS 122, CLIPPERS 105: At Oakland, Calif.. Andris Biedrins had a season-high 23 points and a career-best 18 rebounds, Al Harrington scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors finally got their first victory of the season.
LAKERS 103, PISTONS 91: At Los Angeles, Lamar Odom had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant and Jordan Farmar made key plays down the stretch to lead the Lakers over the Detroit. The Lakers trailed 74-72 with eight minutes remaining, but took control from there. Bryant went just 6-of-18 from the floor, but he made two 3-pointers and had a three-point play to score 11 points in the last 5:38. He finished with 19 points. Tayshaun Prince had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons.
KINGS 123, KNICKS 118 (2OT): At Sacramento, Kevin Martin scored a game-high 43 points as Sacramento rallied from nine down in the fourth quarter to force overtime then outscored New York 16-11 in the second overtimne for the win.