Pierce lifts Nets over Raptors

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Mar 11 2014 01:16 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2014 09:16 PM

Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts after hitting a three-point shot in front of Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) late in the fourth quarter at the Barclays Center. Photo by Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Nets 101, Raptors 97

An ailing Paul Pierce buried a three-pointer with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter to help lift the Nets to a win over the Toronto Raptors.

Pierce, who left Sunday's win over the Kings with a bruised shoulder and was not expected to play on Monday, knocked down a three-pointer with two seconds left on the shot clock to give the Nets a 97-94 lead.

Brooklyn (32-30) stretched its season-high home winning streak to eight games while the Raptors (35-27) had their three-game win streak snapped despite 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from Kyle Lowry.

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Bobcats 105, Nuggets 98

Al Jefferson had 26 points and 13 rebounds, guard Kemba Walker scored 24 points, and newly acquired guard Gary Neal scored 19 as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Denver Nuggets.

The Bobcats led by 12 points in the first half and 14 in the second as they matched a franchise record by winning their seventh straight at home.

They are now 30-34 and comfortably in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Nuggets fell to 27-36 and lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games.

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Bucks 105, Magic 98

Point guard Brandon Knight scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and forward Khris Middleton hit three three-pointers in the final period as the Bucks rallied for a victory over the Orlando Magic.

Middleton finished with 21 points for the Bucks (13-50), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Orlando (19-46) made seven of 16 three-pointers through the first three quarters but missed five of seven long-distance attempts in the fourth.