Pierce's 17 points in 3rd helps Boston pull away.


Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 10:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 10:29 p.m.

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 24 points in the third quarter to lead the Boston Celtics to their ninth straight win, 107-88 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

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Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins (43) dunks against the Orlando Magic in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday Dec. 1, 2008.

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Ray Allen added 21 points, Rajon Rondo had 16 points with 12 assists and Kevin Garnett scored 15 points for the Celtics (17-2) in a win over a top Eastern Conference rival.

Rashard Lewis paced Orlando (13-5) with 30 points, Hedo Turkoglu 19 and Dwight Howard, the league's rebounding leader, had 14 points with 15 boards.

The Magic had their four-game winning streak snapped. Orlando had won six straight road games, one short of its club record set at the start of last season.

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