AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince made a driving left-handed shot with 24.3 seconds remaining, and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-85 on Friday night.
Detroit wasted a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by one after Jeff Teague’s layup with 36.6 seconds to play, but Prince answered and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson missed a contested shot from the left corner in the final seconds.
Josh Smith came up with the rebound for the Hawks and sank a fadeaway that was immediately waived off for coming after the buzzer. The call was upheld after a video review.
Greg Monroe scored 20 points and Jason Maxiell added 19 for Detroit. Smith led the Hawks with 21 and Johnson scored 18 in his first game back after missing four with left knee tendinitis.
CELTICS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 86
In Boston, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each scored 22 points as Boston beat Portland.
Kevin Garnett grabbed seven defensive rebounds to move into second place on the NBA’s career list with defensive rebounds since the league started keeping the stat in 1973-74. He has 10,122 and moved ahead of Robert Parish (10,117). Karl Malone holds the top spot with 11,406.
NETS 83, BOBCATS 74
In Charlotte, N.C., Kris Humphries had 20 points and 15 rebounds and New Jersey overcame an injury to Deron Williams to beat Charlotte.
Corey Maggette led the Bobcats with 19 points and Bismack Biyombo had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
76ERS 104, JAZZ 91
In Philadelphia, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young scored 21 points each, lifting Philadelphia past Utah.
Evan Turner had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Jrue Holiday also scored 16 points for the Sixers.
LAKERS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 102
In Minneapolis, Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and Andrew Bynum added 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift Los Angeles over Minnesota.
Bynum dominated the smaller Wolves down low and Bryant made four free throws in the final 16 seconds for the Lakers, who beat the Timberwolves for the 18th consecutive time.
CAVALIERS 96, THUNDER 90
In Oklahoma City, Antawn Jamison scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving orchestrated a decisive run in the final 3 minutes and Cleveland snapped Oklahoma City’s 14-game home winning streak.
The Cavaliers scored their first consecutive road wins of the season by turning the normally fast-breaking Thunder into a half-court team. Oklahoma City converted only three transition baskets until trying to make a dramatic comeback in the final minute.