Celts record 6th win in a row

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Boston Celtics’ forward Marcus Morris drives against New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday during their NBA game at TD Garden in Boston Monday. — Reuters

BOSTON — Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum combined to score 52 points as the short-handed Boston Celtics won their sixth game in a row by defeating the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 113-100 Monday night.

Morris scored 31 points and Tatum added 21 to lead the way while five Celtics sat out the game because of injury or illness, including Al Horford (knee), Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Gordon Hayward (illness).

Jaylen Brown scored 19, Semi Ojeleye had 11 and Terry Rozier added 10 for the Celtics. Despite the absences, the Boston reserves outscored their New Orleans counterparts 41-21.

Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 41 points, and Julius Randle chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. E’Twaun Moore sat out because of a calf injury and Nikola Mirotic did not play in the second half because of an ankle injury.

76ers 116, Pistons 102

Joel Embiid scored 24 points, and Philadelphia beat visiting Detroit despite losing Jimmy Butler in the first quarter due to a strained groin.

Ben Simmons added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Furkan Korkmaz contributed a career-high 18 points, and T.J. McConnell had 14 for the Sixers, who improved to 14-1 at home.

Luke Kennard scored a career-high 28 points while Andre Drummond added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who have dropped five in a row. Reggie Jackson contributed 15 points and seven assists.

Lakers 108, Heat 105

Kyle Kuzma scored 33 points, and LeBron James added 28 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists as Los Angeles held off visiting Miami for its sixth victory in seven games.

In his final game at Los Angeles, and his final matchup against former teammate James, Dwyane Wade produced 15 points and 10 assists Monday after collecting 25 points Saturday in the Heat’s road win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Wade, who is retiring after the season, didn’t score his first points until five minutes remained in the third quarter. He ended the night 0-for-7 from 3-point range. Justise Winslow led the Heat with 28 points.

Warriors 116, Timberwolves 108

Draymond Green returned from an 11-game absence with a solid all-around performance, and Stephen Curry led a barrage from 3-point range with a game-high 38 points, lifting Golden State past Minnesota in Oakland.

Green, who had seen the Warriors go just 6-5 while he recovered from a bruised toe, contributed seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to Golden State’s fourth straight win. Klay Thompson finished with 26 points and Kevin Durant had 22 for the Warriors.

Karl-Anthony Towns paced Minnesota with 31 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Thunder 122, Jazz 113

Paul George scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook produced his third consecutive triple-double as Oklahoma City beat visiting Utah.

Westbrook finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Dennis Schroder added 23 points off the bench and Steven Adams scored 22 for Oklahoma City.

Clippers 123, Suns 119 (OT)

Tobias Harris had 33 points and eight rebounds, and Los Angeles ended a two-game losing streak with an overtime win at Phoenix.

Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 16 for the Clippers.

Deandre Ayton contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns.

Bucks 108, Cavaliers 92

Eric Bledsoe had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead Milwaukee past visiting Cleveland.

Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bucks. Larry Nance Jr. led the Cavaliers with 16 points.

Mavericks 101, Magic 76

Dallas made it 10 home wins in a row, cruising to a wire-to-wire victory over Orlando.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers. The Magic’s only offensive threat was Jonathon Simmons, who scored 18 points.

Kings 108, Bulls 89

De’Aaron Fox recorded 25 points, six assists and four steals to help Sacramento notch a victory at Chicago. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III each added 16 points for the Kings, who won for the fourth time in the past five games.

Zach LaVine scored 19 points and Lauri Markkanen added 13 for the Bulls.

Pacers 109, Wizards 101

Myles Turner had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and Indiana held off Washington at Indianapolis for its fourth straight win.

Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points and Tyreke Evans scored 18 for the Pacers.

Bradley Beal, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, led Washington with 30 points.

Nuggets 105, Grizzlies 99

Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Monte Morris scored 20 off the bench, and host Denver beat Memphis. — Reuters


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