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NBA: Celtics trip Pacers to remain unbeaten

SUPERSONICS SLUMP Boston matched their best start to a season since 1987, while in Orlando, Florida, the Magic handed Seattle its league-worst eighth straight defeat

AP , INDIANAPOLIS

Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis, left, and Seattle Supersonics forward Nick Collison fight for the rebound during the first half of their NBA game in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday.

PHOTO: AP

Paul Pierce scored 31 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 101-86 to remain unbeaten in the NBA on Tuesday.

Pierce made 14 of 14 free throws and had 11 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double in six games, as Boston (6-0) matched its best start since 1987. Boston is still chasing its best start, 14 straight wins in 1957.

Danny Granger led Indiana with 24 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 10 points and nine boards.

Boston outscored the Pacers 33-20 from the free-throw line and held the Pacers to 35 percent shooting.

It was Indiana's fourth consecutive loss after starting the season with three straight wins.

Magic 103, SuperSonics 76

At Orlando, Florida, Rashard Lewis scored 22 points against his former team and Orlando handed Seattle its league-worst eighth straight loss.

The SuperSonics have not won since April 7 of last season, when Lewis was still on their side and went for 35 points against the Utah Jazz. It is the worst start in franchise history, surpassing an 0-6 streak in 1969.

Lewis had 19 in the first half and, along with Dwight Howard, rested the fourth quarter. Howard had only one first-half point, but finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points.

Nick Collison led Seattle with 15 points and rookie Jeff Green finished with 12.

Suns 113, Knicks 102

At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire had his best night since his arthroscopic knee surgery six weeks ago, finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds as Phoenix downed New York.

The Knicks were without three starters, including Stephon Marbury, who abruptly left the team earlier in the day and reportedly returned to New York as the Knicks opened a four-game road trip.

Shawn Marion scored 23 and Grant Hill had 21, his most in his eight games with Phoenix. Steve Nash finished with five points and 12 assists.

Jamal Crawford, one of the remaining New York starters, scored 21.

Spurs 107, Lakers 92

At San Antonio, Tony Parker had 26 points and nine assists and San Antonio beat the Los Angeles Lakers for its fourth straight win.

Bruce Bowen went six-of-six from three-point range for San Antonio and finished with 23 points. Manu Ginobili added 17 points.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 18 points, well below the 30.4 he was averaging before the game. Jordan Farmar added 16 and Lamar Odom had 12.

The Spurs finished 13-of-27 from beyond the arc and had the lead from midway through the second quarter.

Grizzlies 105, Rockets 99

At Memphis, Tennessee, Pau Gasol scored 26 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Memphis overcame 41 points from Tracy McGrady to beat Houston.

Darko Milicic added 20 points and Mike Miller finished with 17 as Memphis snapped Houston's three-game winning streak. Rudy Gay scored 15 for the Grizzlies.

Free throws were the difference, as Memphis connected on eight straight in the final two minutes after Houston tied it at 97. Memphis scored 34 points from the line, compared to 17 for the Rockets.

Yao Ming added 22 points for Houston and reserve Mike James had 10.

Mavericks 99, 76ers 84

At Dallas, Jason Terry scored 12 of his 25 points during Dallas' big third-quarter run and Dallas rallied to beat Philadelphia.

Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks, who bounced back from Saturday night's 91-82 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Nowitzki also matched a career high with eight assists.

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