ORLANDO, Fla. The Boston Celtics are beatable, after all.
Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Rashard Lewis added 22 and the Orlando Magic dealt the Celtics their first loss of the season, 104-102 on Sunday night.
Paul Pierce missed an off-balance jumper with time running out that could have forced overtime. Pierce finished with 28 points.
Two nights after surviving a challenge with a 92-91 win over Miami, the Celtics (8-1) lost despite shooting 53.3 percent from the field. The Magic countered by hitting 33-of-65 shots (50.8 percent).
Orlando was up as much as 20, but Boston chipped away in the third and fourth quarters. Mounting several small runs, the Celtics finally claimed their first lead 88-87 halfway through the fourth on consecutive 3's by Eddie House and James Posey.Allen had 19 for Boston and Rajon Rondo scored 18, while Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
WARRIORS 106, RAPTORS 100: At Toronto, Stephen Jackson scored 17 points, Andris Biedrins had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Golden State won its second straight after opening the season with six consecutive losses. Baron Davis had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Kelenna Azubuike scored 16 points and Al Harrington added 10 for Golden State, which saw all five starters reach double figures scoring. T.J. Ford scored 29 points for the Raptors (5-5), who have won just twice in six tries at home this season.
KINGS 105, PISTONS 95: At Sacramento, Beno Udrih had 23 points and six assists to help the Kings beat Detroit. Udrih, made 9 of 13 shots and all five of his free throws. He also got plenty of help, as the Kings won for a second straight time and improved to 4-1 at home. Kevin Martin had 19 points and eight rebounds, Ron Artest scored 16, Brad Miller had 15 points and nine rebounds, and former Jazzman Mikki Moore added 10 points and nine rebounds.
LAKERS 106, BULLS 78: At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter, five Los Angeles reserves finished in double figures and the Lakers beat Chicago for their third straight victory. Los Angeles blew the game open by scoring 18 straight points to finish the third quarter and start the fourth for an 81-60 lead with 9:45 remaining.