BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 28 points and Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night to lead the Boston Celtics to their 14th consecutive victory, 94-82 over the New Orleans Hornets.
The defending NBA champions took the lead with a 17-4 run early in the third quarter and never trailed again while improving to a league-best 22-2 this season.
Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists for the Hornets, while David West had 23 points and 14 rebounds.
After trailing by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter, New Orleans cut it to 89-82 before the Celtics put it away, thanks in part to an alley-oop from Ray Allen to Garnett that made it an 11-point game with 1:43 left.
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