BOSTON – Celtics forward Paul Pierce could miss Boston’s game tonight against the New York Knicks because of a sore right thumb, a hiatus that could help him heal in time for this week’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

”It’s pretty banged up right now,” Pierce said Monday night.

”We’re talking about taking a few days off to get it back. It’s definitely something that’s been affecting me the last few days. If it feels how it feels right now, I probably won’t” play against the Knicks.

Pierce injured the thumb Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers and was a combined 5 for 19 from the floor in the next two games against Portland and Denver.


76ERS: Allen Iverson has left the team and is out indefinitely to spend time with his ill daughter.

Iverson will miss at least the remaining three games of Philadelphia’s road trip.


JAZZ: All-Star guard Deron Williams and forward Andrei Kirilenko missed Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Williams sat out with a bruised right quad and Kirilenko had back spasms.


SPURS: Point guard Tony Parker has a mild strain of his left hip flexor and is listed as day-to-day.


THUNDER: Oklahoma City signed guard Antonio Anderson to a 10-day contract and waived forward Matt Harpring.


WIZARDS 101, BULLS 95: Andray Blatche scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Washington to a win at home.

Blatche, averaging 25 points in four games since the trades of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, helped Washington to its first three-game home winning streak since April 4-12, 2008.


BUCKS 83, KNICKS 67: Andrew Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds, leading visiting Milwaukee to its third straight victory.


MAVERICKS 91, PACERS 82: Brendan Haywood tied a career high with 20 rebounds and Dallas improved to 4-0 with him as the starting center, beating visiting Indiana.

Haywood, who came over from Washington in a Feb. 13 trade, scored 13 points and added three blocks to anchor a defense that was struggling. The Mavericks have held all five opponents since the trade to fewer than 100 points after the previous eight broke that mark.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points.


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