Pierce scores 34 as Celtics tip Mavs in double-OT

By JIMMY GOLEN, The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 13, 2012, at 1:31 a.m.

BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115 on Wednesday night.

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 16 points for Boston.

O.J. Mayo scored 24 points for Dallas, and Shawn Marion had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Pierce made five of six free throws in the second overtime to help the Celtics clinch their second straight victory. With his basket with 59 seconds left in the first overtime, he surpassed 23,000 points in his career — the 25th player in NBA history to reach the mark.

Boston led by 14 in the third quarter and eight after the first basket in the fourth before Dallas chipped away at the deficit and tied it at 92 on Darren Collison’s drive to the basket. After Rondo made a jumper, Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the fourth to give the Mavericks their first lead of the game.

Rondo had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but Fisher blocked the shot and it floated just a few feet. Pierce also had a chance at the end of the first overtime, but his shot was blocked by Dahntay Jones.

But Pierce came out in the second overtime and hit a 3 to make it 108-105. Mayo’s basket made it a one-point game and the tired teams struggled to score until Rondo drove to the basket to give Boston a 110-107 lead with 36 seconds to play.

From there, Dallas was forced to foul.

Pierce sank one of two free throws and Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to make it 111-110. Pierce hit another pair of foul shots and Collison hit two free throws before Pierce and Courtney Lee each made two.

Mayo made a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a two-point final margin.

Jason Terry, who played eight years for Dallas, scored 10 points.

The Celtics never trailed, opening a six-point lead in the first quarter and leading by as many as 10 in the second before Dallas scored 8 of the last 11 points in the half to head into the break down just 48-43.

Boston opened a 14-point lead early in the third quarter before the Mavericks scored 10 of the next 12 points. After Rondo drove to the basket to give Boston a 78-70 lead with the first score of the fourth quarter, the Mavericks went on a 7-2 run — five points coming from Mayo — to make it a three-point game.

Dallas cut it to one point with 6:54 left and tied it 92-all on Collison’s drive.

Notes: Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki has not played since October surgery on his right knee. Coach Rick Carlisle says there is no timetable for his return. … The Celtics leave for a Texas swing, starting in Houston on Friday followed by San Antonio on Saturday. … Mayo, who is second in the NBA in 3-pointers, did not make one until early in the second half.

WARRIORS 97, HEAT 95: MIAMI — Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give streaking Golden State the win over the Miami Heat.

Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight.

LeBron James led Miami with 31 points, reaching the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game — the longest current streak in the NBA.

Warriors guard Jarrett Jack dribbled the ball at the top of the key as the clock ticked down before finding Green, who caught a quick pass from Jack underneath the basket and made the layup.

James then missed a baseline jumper, sending Miami to only its second loss in 12 home games.

David Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Jack added 20 points for the Warriors.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, but Dwyane Wade was limited to 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting and had five turnovers.

THUNDER 92, HORNETS 88: OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to nine games with a victory over New Orleans.

The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched their longest win streak since the franchise moved from Seattle.

At 18-4, the Thunder also matched the second-best start in franchise history. Seattle started 20-2 in the 1993-94 season and the Thunder started 18-4 last season.

Brian Roberts scored 16 points to lead the Hornets, who lost their fifth straight game overall and seventh straight against Oklahoma City.

CLIPPERS 100, BOBCATS 94: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists to help the Clippers extend their longest win streak in two decades to eighth with a victory over Charlotte.

Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

Byron Mullens had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Kemba Walker chipped in with 17 points to lead the stumbling Bobcats, who have lost nine straight since starting the season 7-5.

The Bobcats trailed 78-71 entering the fourth quarter and got as close as three before Barnes scored on a fast break dunk and hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight.

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