Embiid, 76ers beat Pistons 116-102
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Lakers survived Dwyane Wade’s 15-point performance in the second half of the superstars’ probable final on-court meeting for a 108-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
The game appropriately ended with James guarding Wade, who missed a difficult 3-point attempt in the waning seconds. After the buzzer sounded, they shared a hug and a chat to close perhaps the final joint chapter of two careers that have intersected repeatedly since they entered the NBA together in 2003.
Wade intends to retire after this season, and Staples Center sent him out of Los Angeles in style with multiple standing ovations and a tribute video in the first quarter.
Kyle Kuzma scored 33 points for the Lakers, who have won 13 of 17 overall.
Justise Winslow scored a career-high 28 points for Miami.
Green, the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, had seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists after being sidelined for 11 games with a right toe injury.
Jimmy Butler, who had 38 points to lead Philadelphia to a 117-111 victory in Detroit on Friday, exited in the first half with a strained groin and did not return.
Detroit was missing Blake Griffin, 10th in the NBA in scoring. Griffin was rested after the Pistons hosted New Orleans the previous night.
Embiid was given his own night off to rest on Friday after the 7-foot-2 star grew frustrated with his role following three straight sub-20-point performances.
Steven Adams had 22 points for Oklahoma City in the first meeting between the teams since the Jazz eliminated the Thunder in six games in the first round of last season’s playoffs. Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook was 4 for 18 from the field, but finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
CELTICS 113, PELICANS 100
BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Morris Sr. had a season-high 31 points, making three quick 3-pointers to start the second half, and Jayson Tatum scored 21 to lead a depleted Boston lineup to its sixth straight victory.
With Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Aaron Baynes all ill or injured, Jaylen Brown scored 19 points and first-round draft choice Robert Williams III had career highs of seven points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Anthony Davis scored 41 points for New Orleans, which was playing back-to-back games after beating the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and Indiana held on for its season-high fourth straight victory.
Morris gave the Nuggets the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 5:22 remaining. Juancho Hernangomez followed with another 3-pointer to give Denver some separation in a tightly contested game that featured 15 lead changes.
Despite a dislocated right pointer finger, Memphis guard Mike Conley had 19 points and six assists.
CHICAGO (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, helping Sacramento rally for the win.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Milwaukee made 15 3-pointers in the win.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Bucks, who rested Giannis Antetokounmpo on the second night of back-to-back games. He was ruled out about an hour before the game with neck soreness.
Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added six rebounds, but left in the third quarter with a left foot injury. Jaron Blossomgame had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. scored a team-high 16 points.
Brunson got the start at point guard in place of injured Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain). He has scored in double figures in each of the Mavs’ last three games.
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