Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce is expected to miss the next two to four weeks of the NBA season with a fractured finger on his right hand, the team announced on Monday.
Pierce was injured in the first half of Friday’s 114-95 loss against Houston and missed Brooklyn’s 97-88 victory on Saturday against Memphis. He and three other starters were benched for the entire second half in the loss to Houston.
Medical tests showed Pierce had suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger, another setback for a club already without Deron Williams due to an ankle injury, Jason Terry with a knee problem and Andrei Kirilenko with a back issue.
Williams might be back by tomorrow, but Williams and Kirilenko will miss at least another week.
Over 15 games this season since leaving Boston for Brooklyn, Pierce has averaged 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The Nets have struggled to a 5-12 start.
Pierce will miss what would have been his first game for the Nets against Boston on Monday as well as tomorrow’s matchup against the Nets’ city rivals, the New York Knicks.
SPURS 102, HAWKS 100
Tim Duncan scored 23 points, including a last-second basket to win the game, and grabbed 21 rebounds to spark the San Antonio Spurs over the Atlanta Hawks 102-100 on Monday.
The 37-year-old NBA superstar, who has led the Spurs to four league titles and twice won the regular season NBA Most Valuable Player award, took a pass from Manu Ginobili and sank the deciding shot with 0.4 of a second remaining.
Duncan, who hit 10-of-15 shots from the field and also blocked two shots, lifted the Spurs to their 15th victory in 18 games, while the Hawks fell to 9-10 with their 16th consecutive loss in games played at San Antonio.
Boris Diaw came off the bench to score 16 points for the Spurs while fellow Frenchman Tony Parker added 15 points and seven assists for San Antonio. Argentina’s Ginobili finished with 10 points and seven assists.
The Hawks rallied late, sandwiching three-pointers by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague around two Ginobili free throws to equalize at 100-100, setting the stage for Duncan’s clutch shot.
Teague led Atlanta with 19 points while Al Horford added 18, DeMarre Carroll had 17 points and Millsap finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, whose 88 games in a row with at least one three-point basket is one shy of matching the NBA record, missed his fourth consecutive game with a rib bruise. The streak will not end until he plays and fails to connect from beyond the arc.
PELICANS 131, BULLS 128, 3OT
Ryan Anderson scored an NBA career-high 36 points and Jrue Holiday made the deciding three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in triple overtime on Monday as New Orleans edged Chicago 131-128.
Eric Gordon added 23 points for the Pelicans, who were playing their first game without injured top scorer and rebounder Anthony Davis, but were still able to complete a perfect three-game road trip, improving to 9-8.
Britain’s Luol Deng had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a losing cause as the Bulls fell to 7-9. It was Chicago’s sixth loss in seven games, but the team’s first home loss of the season.
Davis, last year’s top pick in the NBA draft, broke his left hand on Sunday in New York, but the Pelicans — known as the Hornets until this season — took advantage of the best scoring performance in Anderson’s six NBA seasons to beat the Bulls.