NBA roundup: Down 2 starters, Celtics still top 76ers




Jayson Tatum scored 29 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining for an eight-point cushion, as the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the host Philadelphia 76ers 117-107 on Wednesday night.

Derrick White added 27 points and Jrue Holiday contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have won four games in a row.

The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown (non-COVID illness) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee).

Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 20 points apiece while Robert Covington, De’Anthony Melton and Tobias Harris each netted 16. The Sixers have dropped two games in a row after an eight-game winning streak.

Suns 133, Timberwolves 115

Devin Booker and Kevin Durant scored 31 points apiece as Phoenix ended visiting Minnesota’s seven-game winning streak.

Booker was back in action after missing the previous five games due to a right calf strain. Eric Gordon had 15 points, Grayson Allen scored 14, Drew Eubanks added 13 and Josh Okogie chipped in 12 for Phoenix, which led by as many as 28 in the third quarter. The Suns shot 60 percent from the field, including 17-for-31 (54.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 25 points. Mike Conley scored 14 points, while Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels and Naz Reid each scored 13. Rudy Gobert recorded a game-high eight rebounds for the Wolves, whose seven-game win streak was their longest since 2004.

Mavericks 130, Wizards 117

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 31 points off the bench while Luka Doncic added 26 points and 10 assists to help visiting Dallas breeze to a victory over Washington.

Hardaway scored 22 points over the first two quarters, accounting for his highest-scoring half of the season. He finished the game, making 11 of 20 shots from the floor and 7 of 11 from 3-point range.

Doncic converted four times from beyond the arc and added seven rebounds as the Mavericks coasted to victory despite playing without star guard Kyrie Irving.

Bucks 128, Raptors 112

Damian Lillard had 37 points and 13 assists and visiting Milwaukee defeated Toronto for the Bucks’ second straight win.

Malik Beasley added a season-best 30 points and made eight 3-pointers for Milwaukee, which played without Giannis Antetokounmpo because of a right calf strain.

Scottie Barnes scored 29 points for the Raptors, who are 1-1 on their four-game homestand. Jakob Poeltl had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Kings 125, Lakers 110

Domantas Sabonis scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as visiting Sacramento beat Los Angeles to extend its winning streak to four games.

De’Aaron Fox scored 28 points and Kevin Huerter matched his season high with 28 points while making six 3-pointers for the Kings in the opener of a six-game road swing.

LeBron James produced 28 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double of the season as the Lakers saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. D’Angelo Russell added 28 points.

Knicks 116, Hawks 114

Julius Randle scored a game-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds and eight assists while leading New York Knicks to a win over host Atlanta.

Jalen Brunson added 24 points on 6-for-10 3-point shooting for the Knicks, who won their second game in as many tries against the Hawks this season. Immanuel Quickley also put in 20 for the Knicks, who have four victories in their past five games overall.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with a season-high 28 points. Jalen Johnson totaled 18 points, going a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Magic 96, Bulls 94

Paolo Banchero scored 17 points, capped by the game-winning floater with 1.4 seconds left, and Goga Bitadze notched 15 points and 11 rebounds to lift Orlando past host Chicago.

Slow-starting Chicago challenged Orlando down the stretch, whittling a 19-point, third-quarter deficit to two on a Zach LaVine 3-pointer with 17 seconds left and tying the game on another LaVine trey with 7.5 seconds to go.

Magic rookie Anthony Black split a pair of free throws prior to the second of the two late LaVine 3-pointers, but Chicago ultimately left Orlando and Banchero too much time on the clock.

Cavaliers 109, Trail Blazers 95

Donovan Mitchell recorded 34 points and six rebounds to lead Cleveland past host Portland, the Blazers’ fifth straight loss.

Evan Mobley added 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots and Caris LeVert had 17 points for Cleveland, which completed a 2-2 road trip.

Max Strus registered 14 points and seven assists, and Jarrett Allen had 11 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots for the Cavaliers.


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