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Celtics Run Streak to Seven

Associated Press
Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page E11

Ricky Davis scored 27 points and Paul Pierce added 23, helping the visiting Boston Celtics cruise to a 113-100 victory over the New Orleans Hornets last night for their seventh win in a row.

The Celtics -- one night after their 19-point victory in Houston snapped the Rockets' six-game winning streak -- dominated New Orleans, scoring inside and out, on the break and at the foul line.

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Shooting 52.1 percent, Boston was 10 of 19 from three-point range, 27 of 31 at the line, and dressed up the performance with authoritative dunks from Davis and Tony Allen.

Boston has won 11 of 12 games, with the lone loss coming against Minnesota on a last-second shot. The Celtics also have won five straight on the road.

Hornets rookie J.R. Smith prevented an embarrassing rout with 21 points, including several off-balance floaters. Reserve Bostjan Nachbar added 19 for New Orleans.

Antoine Walker had 18 points and nine rebounds for Boston, while Gary Payton scored 15 points and Allen 11.

Dan Dickau and Lee Nailon each scored 13 points for New Orleans.

HEAT 97, KNICKS 82: Shaquille O'Neal scored 33 points and Dwyane Wade had 30 to lead host Miami to its 12th straight victory.

O'Neal also grabbed 17 rebounds as the Heat won its 15th straight at home and swept the four-game season series with New York for the first time in franchise history.

O'Neal and Wade became the first Heat duo to each score 30 points or better in the same game since Glen Rice and Khalid Reeves did it in 1995.

Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 23 points.

BULLS 94, 76ERS 88: Othella Harrington scored a season-high 24 points and Ben Gordon had eight of his 22 in the fourth quarter for visiting Chicago.

Kirk Hinrich contributed 21 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Allen Iverson, playing his second straight game with a chipped bone in his left thumb, led Philadelphia with 31 points but also committed 11 turnovers.


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