Celtics fall at home to Pistons

December 20, 2007

Chauncey Billups hit two free throws with a tenth of a second left and the Detroit Pistons handed the Boston Celtics their first home loss of the season last night, 87-85.

The Celtics (20-3) had matched their best start ever, also achieved by the 1963-64 team that won the NBA title.

Billups, who scored 12 of his team-high 28 points in the final quarter, was fouled by Tony Allen in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

"It was playoff-intense, pretty aggressive out there," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said.

Bulls 95, Wizards 84 -- Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Chicago had a 12-0 run in the final four minutes to beat host Washington. Chicago's run came after Caron Butler's jump shot gave Washington its first lead of the second half, 80-79, with about four minutes to play. The Bulls scored the game's next 12 points to secure the win.

Mavericks 108, Suns 105 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, including the Mavericks' final eight, giving Dallas just enough to hold off Phoenix in another intense, entertaining game between the Western Conference rivals.

Hawks 117, Heat 111 -- Joe Johnson scored 25 points and gave Atlanta the lead for good with a three-point play, and the Hawks outlasted visiting Miami in overtime.

Pacers 102, 76ers 85 -- Marquis Daniels scored a season-high 26 points, and host Indiana beat Philadelphia for its third straight win.

Knicks 108, Cavaliers 90 -- David Lee scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half, Jamal Crawford added 21, and host New York beat Cleveland for its most lopsided victory of the season.

Bobcats 98, Jazz 92 -- Gerald Wallace scored 26 points and Jason Richardson had 24 to lead host Charlotte's fourth-quarter comeback over Utah.

Warriors 111, Timberwolves 98 -- Al Harrington scored 25 points, including 14 in the decisive third quarter, and Golden State ran past host Minnesota during another second-half fade by the Timberwolves.

Magic 97, Rockets 92 -- Dwight Howard had 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and visiting Orlando took advantage of Tracy McGrady's absence in the second half to beat Houston. McGrady left with a sore left knee after going 1-for-10 from the field in the first half.

Grizzlies 88, Spurs 85 -- Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) hit a three-pointer over Tim Duncan as time expired to give Memphis a victory over visiting San Antonio.

Kings 102, Bucks 89 -- Ron Artest scored 26 points and had eight assists, and Beno Udrih hit a career-high six three-pointers to help Sacramento beat Milwaukee to finish 3-2 on its five-game road trip.

Hornets 107, SuperSonics 93 -- Chris Paul scored 21 points and had 15 assists, and Morris Peterson matched a career high with seven three-pointers and finished with 25 points to help New Orleans beat Seattle.

Trail Blazers 101, Raptors 96 -- Brandon Roy had 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and Portland won its ninth straight game, beating visiting Toronto.

DIGITS

20 -- Double doubles by Chris Kaman this season as of Tuesday's game, in which he had 12 points and 16 rebounds in the Clippers' loss.

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