NBA roundup: Irving’s 27 points, 18 assists leads Celtics past Raptors
Kyrie Irving hit a foul-line fadeaway to give Boston the lead, then made a 31-foot 3-pointer to finish with 27 points and lead the Celtics past Toronto.
Returning after missing the last game with a bruised right leg, Irving had 10 points and six of his career-high 18 assist in the fourth quarter — including passes to set up Boston’s last three baskets in a game-ending 17-4 run. Al Horford scored 24 points to help Boston rebound from three straight road losses.
Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points, and Serge Ibaka had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors.
San Antonio 105, at Dallas 101: Davis Bertans hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left and San Antonio overcame a 19-point first-half deficit to beat Dallas.
Bertans finished with 12 points. Marco Belinelli led the Spurs with 17.
Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists. He’s the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to score 25 or more points in five straight games.
Milwaukee 111, at Memphis 101: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Milwaukee had a 19-0 third-quarter run to beat Memphis.
Eric Bledsoe added 16 points to help the Bucks to their third straight victory and 14th in 17 games. Omri Casspi led Memphis with 17 points. The Grizzlies have lost nine of 10 games.
at Detroit 120, Orlando 115, OT: Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds to help Detroit outlast Orlando in overtime.
The Pistons won for the third time in 11 games.
Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando.
at Portland 129, Cleveland 112: Jusuf Nurkic had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double and Portland topped Cleveland.
Damian Lillard had 33 points to lead all scorers, and CJ McCollum had 19 points as Portland snapped a two-game losing streak. Nurkic added five blocks and was treated to a standing ovation when he left the game with 2:13 left.
Jordan Clarkson had 22 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who were coming off a 101-95 victory over the Lakers that snapped a 12-game losing streak. The game against the Blazers was the fourth of a six-game trip for the Cavs.
The teams combined for just seven turnovers, the fewest since turnovers were officially compiled starting in the 1970-71 season. Portland had a season-low four and Cleveland had three.
at Golden State 147, New Orleans 104: Stephen Curry scored 41 points with nine 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make eight or more 3s in three straight games, and the Warriors held off the Pelicans for their sixth straight win.
Pelicans star Anthony Davis went down hard beneath the Warriors basket with 2:22 left but was able to walk off after a few minutes and quickly returned. Davis had 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in nearly 41 minutes for New Orleans, coming off a 46-point and 16-rebound gem Monday night despite starting 0 for 5 with just four points in the first quarter. Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points, Jrue Holiday added 25 points and seven assists while Elfrid Payton dished out 12 assists.
The Pelicans and Warriors combined for an NBA-record 43 3s, breaking the mark by two that Sacramento and Golden State accomplished Jan. 5 at Golden 1 Center.
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