Pierce shoots Celtics to win

Boston tops Chicago in OT, 106-104

The Associated PressApril 29, 2009 

Paul Pierce made three straight jumpers in the final 77 seconds of overtime as the host Boston Celtics held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 106-104 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their playoff series.

Rajon Rondo scored 28 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Kendrick Perkins had 16 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks for the Celtics.

It was the third time in five games the teams have needed overtime, a surprising first-round struggle for the defending NBA champions.

Pierce who scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half and overtime, got the ball and dribbled down the clock before hitting a long 2-pointer over John Salmons with 3.4 seconds left.

ALSO TUESDAY

MAGIC 91, 76ERS 78: Dwight Howard had 24 points and a career playoff-high 24 rebounds, a dominating performance that powered Orlando past visiting Philadelphia for a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

Rashard Lewis snapped out of his playoff slump with a series-high 24 points for the Magic. It was Howard's fourth career playoff game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.

LATE MONDAY

LAKERS 107, JAZZ 96: Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and Lamar Odom had 26 points as host Los Angeles closed out its first-round series with Utah.

NOTES

BRIEFLY: The NBA has fined three coaches for publicly criticizing referees during the NBA playoffs: Houston's Rick Adelman, Portland's Nate McMillan and Boston's Doc Rivers each was penalized $25,000.

* Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon had surgery to repair ligament damage in his left ring finger and will need at least six weeks of recovery.

* Former UNLV basketball star Glen Gondrezick, who later played for the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets before turning to broadcasting, has died. He was 53.

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