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Boston 84, Miami 83

Nov. 27, 2001 at 10:32 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce scored 33 points on 13-of-23 shooting and his driving layup as time expired Tuesday night gave the Boston Celtics an 84-83 victory over the Miami Heat.

The victory ended Boston's four-game skid and helped coach Jim O'Brien avoided his first five-game losing streak since replacing Rick Pitino last January.

It looked like Miami was on the verge of snapping its eight-game losing skid after Eddie House made two free throws to open an 83-82 lead with three seconds to play.

But after the Celtics called a timeout, Pierce took the inbounds pass and drove past three defenders before time ran out.

The Heat have lost nine in a row for the first time since a 10-game slide from Dec. 1-21, 1990.

Eddie Jones again carried Miami's scoring load with 27 points on 8-of-19 shooting. He has led the Heat in scoring seven times during the losing streak and eight times this season.

But Jones was 1-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter, when Miami shot just 3-of-18.

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