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NBA roundup | Celtics manhandle low-scoring Magic

Paul Pierce and former Magic forward Brandon Bass each scored 19 points to carry the injury-riddled Boston Celtics to an 87-56 win over the visiting Orlando Magic on Monday night.

The Magic set franchise lows for points and field goals (16).

Boston was minus starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three bench players, drastically reducing its roster.

Bass and Pierce carried the offense and Boston got some strong play from a cast of down-the-bench reserves.

The Celtics snapped a streak of six straight losses against teams with winning records.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

HAWKS 97, BUCKS 92 -- Joe Johnson scored 15 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, rallying Atlanta over host Milwaukee.

SPURS 104, HORNETS 102 --Tim Duncan sank a 13-foot running hook in a lane with 1.4 seconds left to finish with a season-high 28 points, and visiting San Antonio Spurs sent New Orleans to an eighth straight loss.

THUNDER 99, PISTONS 79 -- Russell Westbrook and reserve James Harden each scored 24 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and Oklahoma City beat Detroit for their fourth straight blowout win at home.

BULLS 110, NETS 95 -- Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton each scored 22 points to lead banged-up Chicago to an easy victory over visiting New Jersey.

76ERS 103, WIZARDS 83 -- Elton Brand had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 17 to lead host Philadelphia 76ers over Washington. Jodie Meeks added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 11 assists.

ROCKETS 107, TIMBERWOLVES -- Kevin Martin scored 31 points to lead Houston to its seventh straight victory over Minnesota in coach Kevin McHale’s first game back at Target Center since he was fired by the Timberwolves in 2009.

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