Jayson Tatum’s injured ankle looked good Wednesday night as he posted a team-high 37 points and tucked in 13 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics start a six-game homestand in a 125-112 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Tatum was listed as questionable on Wednesday’s team’s injury report with a sprained left ankle, but Boston coach Joe Mazzulla ruled him available ahead of the game. Tatum injured his ankle when he landed on DeMar DeRozan’s foot in Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Jaylen Brown (31), Al Horford (14), Malcolm Brogdon (13), Marcus Smart (13) and Derrick White (12) also scored in double digits for the Celtics, who shot 53.6 percent from the field (45 of 84) and made 17 of their 34 3-point attempts. Smart finished the game with nine assists.
Dallas received a game-high 42 points from Luka Doncic, who added nine assists and eight rebounds. Christian Wood added 26 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie threw 15 and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 10.
Warrior 124, Clipper 107
Andrew Wiggins hit six 3-pointers en route to 31 points, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 40 more points and Golden State took advantage of the absence of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to beat Los Angeles in San Francisco.
Curry finished with 22 points and Thompson with 18, while Draymond Green had nine points, seven rebounds and 12 assists to help the Warriors win for the third time in their last four games. Marcus Morris Sr. earned a team-high 19 points for the Clippers, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.
With Leonard sustaining a sore right ankle and George out with a strained right hamstring, the Clippers never led after the seventh minute and fell down in the first of four encounters with their Pacific Division rivals this season back to 29.
Bulls 118, Bucks 113
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and the duo of Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic poured in 18 each as the Chicago Beat picked up their first regular-season win since 2017 in Milwaukee.
The Bulls posted a season-high for 3-pointers made and went 18-to-42 from beyond the arc. They hit three consecutive 3-pointers to close a three-point deficit and took a 115-109 lead with 20.6 seconds to go, with two of those three-pointers coming from Coby White. Seven different Bulls players took multiple 3-point shots in the win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 36 points on 15-for-27 shooting while catching 11 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. He scored all but eight of his points in the second half.
Pelicans 129, Spurs 110
Zion Williamson amassed a season-high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help in an easy win over a sinking San Antonio on the New Orleans visit.
The Pelicans mauled San Antonio with Williamson and Jonas Valanciunas (22 points, 10 rebounds) dominating the color and Devonte’ Graham bombed from the outside with six 3-pointers. Williamson’s 28 points in the paint was the most in a game in the NBA this season; He was 14 of 18 off the floor and added four free throws.
Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 26 points, Doug McDermott with 21, Jeremy Sochan with 12 and Keita Bates-Diop with 10 points. Jakob Poeltl grabbed 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost six straight games and 11 of their last 12.
Heat 113, Wizard 105
Kyle Lowry scored 28 points and Caleb Martin amassed a season-high 24 along with nine rebounds to put undermanned Miami past a visit to Washington.
Lowry made 7 of 12 shots from the floor and joined Tyler Herro in sinking five 3-pointers to help the Heat make a four-game sled. Lowry topped his season-high 24 points so far, set during Miami’s 107-106 overtime loss to Washington on Friday. Miami played without top scorer Jimmy Butler (knee) and fellow forward Duncan Robinson (ankle) as well as guards Max Strus (shoulder impingement) and Victor Oladipo (knee).
Kyle Kuzma had 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who fell for only the second time in eight games.
Nets 112, Birds of Prey 98
Kyrie Irving scored 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the Brooklyn visit beat Toronto.
Royce O’Neale added 15 points and seven assists for the Nets, who suffered a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. Nic Claxton had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Ben Simmons contributed 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points for the Raptors, who lost two in a row. OG Anunoby added 15 points and Chris Boucher had 12 points and 16 rebounds but only shot 2-for-15 from the field.
Piston 125, Jazz 116
Former Utah players Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks made key plays, collectively scoring 41 points against their old team to help Detroit to a win in Salt Lake City.
Bogdanovic, playing in Utah for the first time since being traded two months ago, led Detroit by 23 points. Burks scored 18 goals off the bench as Detroit finished a tough back-to-back set in the Rocky Mountains with back-to-back wins. The Pistons, who clinched a win in Denver on Tuesday, had lost their first 10 road games this season.
Malik Beasley dropped eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points off the bench to speed up the Jazz, but a couple of his mistakes late in the fourth quarter proved costly as Utah’s rally fell short.
Timberwolves 115, Pacers 101
Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Karl-Anthony Towns flirted with a triple-double on a team-high 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Minnesota matched Indiana’s five-game winning streak in Indianapolis.
Gobert and Towns led a dominant Minnesota attack inside the lane, shooting 9-of-11 and 8-of-11 from the floor, respectively, to contribute to the Timberwolves’ overwhelming 74-38 advantage in points in the paint.
Myles Turner shot 7 of 9 from 3-point range for Indiana, recording a game-high 31 points. The Pacers doubled the Timberwolves from deep and hit 16 3-pointers against Minnesota’s eight, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the visitors’ dominance inside. Bennedict Mathurin added 21 points and Tyrese Haliburton finished with a double-double of 10 points and 14 assists.
Cavaliers 114, Trailblazer 96
Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 34 points while Jarrett Allen had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Cleveland past Portland’s visit.
For Mitchell, it was his 10th game with at least 30 points this season. Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland scored 24 points and led the offense with 12 assists to lead Cleveland to a four-game win.
Jusef Nurkic had 22 points, while Jerami Grant added 21 for the Trail Blazers, who lost their second straight win in a four-game road trip and fourth-place overall.
Hornets 107, 76ers 101
Terry Rozier scored 22 points as Charlotte won for the second time in their last 13 games, beating the visiting Philadelphia side.
PJ Washington’s 19 points and Kelly Oubre Jr.’s 14 points were also huge for the Hornets, who made only six of 23 attempts from the 3-point range.
Shake Milton scored 22 points, De’Anthony Melton scored 20 points and Tobias Harris added 19 points for the 76ers, who were trying to win for the second straight night after beating the Brooklyn visit on Tuesday night.
Falcons 115, Kings 106
Trae Young scored 35 points and Atlanta beat the visit to Sacramento to end the Kings’ seven-game winning streak.
Young was 11-to-19 from the floor, 4-to-7 with 3-pointers and 9-to-9 at the free-throw line, along with seven assists. It was his sixth game with over 30 points this season. One of his 3-pointers restored Atlanta’s lead to 11 points with 57 seconds left and put the game away.
Young made a rare five-point play in the third quarter. He was fouled on a 3-point basket, made the free throw, and was awarded a free throw for the technical foul on De’Aaron Fox. The five-point possession turned a 12-point game into an 81-64 Hawks lead.
Nuggets 131, Thunder 126 (OT)
Nikola Jokic scored 39 points and Aaron Gordon heated up late to finish with 30 points to lift Denver over host Oklahoma City. Scoring totals were season highs for both players.
As Jokic pushed back a defender in the final two minutes of extra time, Vlatko Cancar hit the basket and Jokic found it to put Denver five ahead. Then, in the closing seconds, Bruce Brown’s floater all but put the game away.
Jokic finished the game with 10 rebounds and nine assists. Cancar also scored a career high with 20 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points and 11 assists. Isaiah Joe hit a career-high 21 off the bench and hit seven 3-pointers.
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