Paul Pierce scored 40 points and Antoine Walker added 33, including the winning three-pointer in the final minute, leading the Boston Celtics to a 100-99 comeback victory over the 76ers last night in Philadelphia.

Boston, which trailed by 20 at halftime, has won four in a row.

"We're a resilient group," Pierce said. "We never give up. Most teams down 20 against a team like Philly wouldn't come back. You've got to bury us in a grave to stop us from coming back."

Allen Iverson had 29 points, and Eric Snow added 17 for the 76ers, who have lost eight of 10.

Pierce scored 26 points in the second half, and finished 13 for 26. Walker had 19 in the second half, and shot 12 for 24. The Celtics were 22 for 34 in the second half.

Boston played without two starters, center Tony Battie and guard Tony Delk. Battie missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee. Delk sat out his second in a row with a sprained left ankle.

* LAKERS 96, CLIPPERS 92: Shaquille O'Neal had 32 points and 15 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 26 points and 11 assists and the Lakers won their sixth in a row at Staples Center.

Phil Jackson earned his 200th victory as Lakers coach in his 286th game, the quickest to do so in franchise history.

* SPURS 87, ROCKETS 82: Tim Duncan scored 32 points and converted a tiebreaking three-point play in the final minute in San Antonio.

The Rockets erased a 13-point Spurs' lead in the fourth quarter despite star point guard Steve Francis and center Yao Ming spending the entire period on the bench.

Francis, coming off a career-high 44 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, was just 1 of 12 from the floor and finished with four points in 31 minutes.

Yao played 24 minutes and had 11 points and eight rebounds.

* PISTONS 88, PACERS 78: Ben Wallace scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Detroit got its revenge in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Two days earlier, Indiana beat the Pistons at home on Jermaine O'Neal's disputed shot in the final second.

"There was some controversy at the end of the last game and deep down inside we realized that we didn't take control of the game the way we should have," Wallace said. "We wanted to take control of the game, to not let it come down to a last-second shot."

After trailing much of the game, Detroit went on a 9-0 run to take an 82-73 lead with 1:29 left and now has pulled within 11/2 games of Central Division-leading Indiana.

Pacers guard Reggie Miller scored 28 points and became the 18th NBA player to score 23,000 points.

* KNICKS 72, HEAT 65: Latrell Sprewell outscored Miami in the first quarter and New York won at home as the teams matched the NBA record for fewest combined points in a first half with 57.

Sprewell scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter as New York took an 18-12 lead. Miami went ahead by eight, but managed only 11 points in the fourth quarter and lost on the road for the seventh straight time.

* JAZZ 106, NETS 103: Karl Malone forced overtime on a basket with less than a second remaining in regulation and scored four of his 24 points in the extra period as Utah won a foul-filled, physical game in Salt Lake City.

Utah's John Stockton added a season-high 25 points, including eight in overtime, and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 20.2 seconds to seal the Jazz's fourth straight win.

* BULLS 115, HAWKS 102: Jalen Rose matched his season high with 37 points and Marcus Fizer scored 24 as Chicago ended a 19-game road losing streak.

Chicago, which hadn't won away from home since opening the season at Boston, hit 16 of 18 shots and outscored the Hawks 41-19 in the fourth quarter.

* HORNETS 114, SUNS 102: David Wesley scored 28 points, hitting five three-pointers, to lead New Orleans at home. Jamaal Magloire scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Hornets.

* KINGS 102, WARRIORS 80: Peja Stojakovic scored 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter as Sacramento won on the road. Vlade Divac added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who beat Golden State for the 13th straight time.

* TIMBERWOLVES 89, RAPTORS 81: Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Minnesota held on despite a late 16-5 run by visiting Toronto. The Raptors, who snapped a 12-game losing streak by beating the Timberwolves on Jan. 12, have never won at Minnesota in seven tries.

* TRAIL BLAZERS 99, GRIZZLIES 87: In Memphis, Bonzi Wells had 14 points and nine rebounds, and reserve Jeff McInnis scored 15 points for Portland, which was playing its second game without leading scorer and rebounder Rasheed Wallace, who is serving a seven-game suspension.

Spurs forward Tim Duncan shoots over Maurice Taylor on a tiebreaking three-point play after Rockets erased a 13-point lead.