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NBA: Rockets win their second home game

NOT A GOOD NIGHT:Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, who set the NBA ablaze last season, did not perform well and says his ‘rough stretch’ will turn around

Staff writer with CNA and AP, OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma

In Boston, Paul Pierce hit two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to lift the Celtics past the Utah Jazz 98-93 for their fifth win in six games.

Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa each scored 16 points for the Celtics, while Kevin Garnett added 11 points and eight rebounds. Boston guard Rajon Rondo had 10 assists before leaving the game for good in the third quarter with a right-ankle injury. It was his 32nd straight game with 10 or more assists.

In Philadelphia, Greg Monroe had 19 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to help the Detroit Pistons beat the 76ers 94-76 for their first win of the season.

Kyle Singler scored 16 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight each had 15 for a Detroit team that is off to its worst start in franchise history with a 1-8 record.

The Charlotte Bobcats continued their surprising season with an 89-87 road win over the injury-plagued Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kemba Walker hit a 6.2m jumper over Alexey Shved in the final moments to give the Bobcats their first three-game winning streak since March last year. Walker finished with 22 points.

Andrei Kirilenko had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the depleted Timberwolves, who were without six of their top seven players: Kevin Love (broken right hand), Ricky Rubio (left knee), Chase Budinger (left knee), Nikola Pekovic (left ankle), J.J. Barea (left foot) and Brandon Roy (right knee).

In other games, Chris Kaman had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the winless Washington Wizards 107-101, while Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 16 points apiece to help the Milwaukee Bucks cruise past the struggling Indiana Pacers 99-85.

Golden State’s Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 92-88.

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