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Anderson tip lifts Hornets over Celtics, 87-86

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 10:59pm  ET

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts as he is fouled by New Orleans Hornets forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0) while driving to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis outreached Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green for a last-second tip-in, and the New Orleans Hornets snapped a four-game skid with an 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Davis was playing despite missing the morning shootaround with an illness, and finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Ryan Anderson scored 21 points and Gordon 18 for the Hornets.

Paul Pierce scored 11 points of his 28 points in the last six minutes to nearly lead Boston back from a nine-point deficit, but missed a jumper with 16 seconds left.

Garnett, returning from a two game absence caused by a left thigh injury and the flu, scored 20 -- not enough to spare Boston from a second straight loss.

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