Gary Payton and his Seattle teammates probably wish the snowstorm in Boston had never let up.

After the SuperSonics were forced to remain in Milwaukee because of the weather in Boston, their seven-game winning streak ended with a 111-86 loss to the Celtics last night.

The Sonics didn't arrive in Boston until noon yesterday.

"It snowed, they got in late on a back-to-back game and we got the benefit of that," Celtics Coach Rick Pitino said. "We'll take our wins any way we can."

Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce each scored 21 points to lead Boston to its first four-game winning streak since Dec. 23, 1997, Pitino's first season as coach. Seattle suffered its second-worst defeat of the season and lost for the first time in seven road contests.

* HEAT 101, HAWKS 79: Tim Hardaway returned to the lineup after missing 26 games, and Jamal Mashburn, the subject of trade talks, keyed host Miami's win over slumping Atlanta.

Mashburn, playing in his first game since learning he was nearly dealt to Philadelphia, scored 28 points. Hardaway scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting but had 11 assists in 26 minutes.

"Mash had a sensational game," Miami's Alonzo Mourning said. "He was able to block out all the negativity floating in the air and play his game."

Atlanta, 3-16 on the road, has lost 10 of its last 12.

* SUNS 101, NUGGETS 99: Jason Kidd scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as Phoenix handed host Denver its sixth straight loss.

* TIMBERWOLVES 95, CLIPPERS 89: In Los Angeles, Sam Mitchell scored 20 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and Bobby Jackson filled in for Terrell Brandon (strained right calf) with 17 points.

* WARRIORS 115, CAVALIERS 103: Antawn Jamison scored a career-high 37 points and had a season-high 18 rebounds to lead host Golden State.