NBA: Kyrie Irving helps Celtics defeat Wizards 130-125 in overtime
Kyrie Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Irving finished with 38 points and seven assists. Marcus Morris added 27 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which played without Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown — its Nos. 4-6 leading scorers.
Wall returned for the Wizards after missing a game with an aching left heel and finished with 34 points with 13 assists. But his seven points in OT weren’t enough to keep pace with fellow All-Star Irving.
Bradley Beal and Jeff Green each added 22 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 for Washington.
at Pacers 113, Bucks 97: Thaddeus Young had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Myles Turner added 23 points to lead Indiana to its fifth straight win.
Indiana pulled within a half-game of the Central Division-leading Bucks.
Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 15 to lead Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a season-low 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dealt out seven assists after missing Monday’s game at Cleveland with a sore neck.
Indiana’s Victor Oladipo wound up with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists after missing 11 games with a sore right knee.
at Cavaliers 113, Knicks 106: Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and a basket by Rodney Hood in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland a late lead as the Cavaliers dealt New York its fifth straight loss.
Hood put the Cavaliers in front 107-106 with 23 seconds remaining after New York took a one-point lead on rookie Kevin Knox’s fast-break dunk with 32 seconds left.
Hood added 23 points, rookie Collin Sexton scored 19 and Matthew Dellavedova, playing his first him game for Cleveland since being re-acquired from Milwaukee, had 15 points.
Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway each scored 20 points for New York.
at Hornets 108, Pistons 107: Jeremy Lamb hit a 22-foot jumper from the right wing with 0.3 seconds left, and Charlotte Hornets rallied from a late 10-point deficit for a wild win.
Lamb’s buzzer-beater came with controversy. As he released the ball, Malik Monk ran off the Hornets’ bench and onto the floor early to celebrate the made basket.
Officials reviewed the play and called one-shot technical on the Hornets for having six men on the court. The basket counted. The Pistons made the technical free throw, but the ensuing inbounds pass was intercepted.
Kemba Walker finished with 31 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who won their third straight and moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference — a half-game ahead of Detroit.
Blake Griffin had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who have lost six in a row.
Nets 127, at 76ers 124: Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points off the bench and Allen Crabbe had 20 to lead Brooklyn.
Joel Embiid had 33 points and 17 rebounds and Ben Simmons scored 22 for Philadelphia, which played without Jimmy Butler because of a strained groin.
Joe Harris had 14 points for Brooklyn, which notched its second victory over Philadelphia in three meetings.
at Grizzlies 92, Trail Blazers 83: Mike Conley scored 23 points and keyed a fourth-quarter outburst as Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.
Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 14 points, and MarShon Brooks added 13 for the Grizzlies.
C.J. McCollum matched his season high with 40 points, while Damian Lillard was held to a season-low 14 points, connecting on only 4 of 18 shots.
The Trail Blazers’ 83 points were a season low.
at Pelicans 118, Thunder 114: Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and inconsistent New Orleans narrowly held on to defeat Oklahoma City.
Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 10 assists, and Julius Randle added 22 for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses in its past 10 games.
Paul George had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for Oklahoma City, which came in having won five of its previous six. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and four steals but did not appear as eager as usual to shoot, hitting 8 of 16 shots. Steven Adams also scored 20.
at Jazz 111, Heat 84: Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Derrick Favors had 17 to help the Utah Jazz romp over the short-handed Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
The Jazz sprinted out to a 34-10 lead on hot shooting and tenacious defense that denied the Heat any easy looks early.
Favors went 7 of 8 and had eight boards in 19 minutes, while Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver, who has opened up the floor for the Jazz since arriving via trade from Cleveland, made four more 3-pointers and scored 16 points.
at Mavericks 114, Hawks 107: Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Luka Doncic added 24 and the Dallas Mavericks extended their home winning streak to 11 games while ending a 10-game skid against Atlanta in a 114-107 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.
J.J. Barea had 18 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle as the Mavericks finally beat the Hawks after blowing a 26-point lead in October, when rookie Trae Young had a strong fourth quarter in his home debut to help the Hawks rally to a 111-104 win.
Instead of wilting in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks took control with a 7-0 opening run for a 10-point lead and eventually went up by as many as 15 before the Hawks made it closer with an 11-1 run late.
It was Dallas’ first win over Atlanta since Oct. 30, 2013, and the home winning streak is the longest since a 12-game run in 2007-08.
at Kings 141, Timberwolves 130: Nemanja Bjelica made four of Sacramento’s 19 3-pointers and finished 25 points, helping the Kings beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-130 on Wednesday night.
Sacramento shot 58.1 percent (50 for 86) from the field in its fifth win in six games. Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic each scored 20 points, and rookie Marvin Bagley III had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points for Minnesota, and reserve Derrick Rose finished with 20. Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Timberwolves remained winless in 10 road games against Western Conference opponents. They have just two road wins this season, tied for second-worst in the NBA.
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