BOSTON — Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics’ career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird’s total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird. Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.
Rajon Rondo added 14 assists and 10 points, Kevin Garnett scored 22 and Ray Allen finished with 17 points.
Reggie Williams scored 21 for the Bobcats, who lost their 12th in a row despite staying within 11 points through the first three quarters.
HEAT 107, CAVALIERS 91
In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James added 24 against his former team and Miami tuned up for a long road trip by beating Cleveland.
Former Georgia Tech star Chris Bosh finished with 15 points for the Heat, who have won 11 of their past 13 games.
Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and had nine rebounds for Cleveland, which got 17 from Alonzo Gee, and 16 points, six rebounds and six assists from Kyrie Irving.
SUNS 107, BUCKS 105
In Milwaukee, Steve Nash hit a driving layup with 5 seconds left, giving Phoenix a win over Milwaukee.
Michael Redd scored 14 points and came away with a win against his former team, but it wasn’t easy. The Suns blew a big lead in the second half and had to rally at the end.
Marcin Gortat scored 21 points and Jared Dudley added 19 for the Suns, who have won three in a row. Nash had 18 points and 11 assists.
Drew Gooden scored a season-high 25 for the Bucks, who have lost three straight.
TIMBERWOLVES 86, KINGS 84
In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Beasley added 17 points and 14 boards to lead Minnesota to a win over Sacramento in its first game without the suspended Kevin Love.
Ricky Rubio had 14 assists and five steals and Derrick Williams scored seven of his 14 points in the final four minutes to give the Timberwolves their third consecutive win.
DeMarcus Cousins had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings while battling foul trouble for most of the game.
PACERS 104, JAZZ 99
In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Darren Collison had 25 points to lead Indiana over Utah.
Collison shot 10 of 14 from the floor, and added five assists.
Paul Millsap had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their second consecutive game at the end of a back-to-back.