Oladipo scores career-high 47, Pacers top Nuggets in OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo had a career-high 47 points and added seven rebounds and six assists in the Indiana Pacers’ 126-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
The Pacers used an 8-0 scoring run, capped by Thad Young’s putback with 5 seconds left in regulation, to tie it. Then, Indiana got the first nine points in overtime to secure its fourth straight victory, outscoring the Nuggets 12-2 in the extra period.
Myles Turner added 24 points and eight rebounds, and Lance Stephenson had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers. Oladipo made six 3-pointers, with the biggest coming with 2:10 to play in the third quarter to give Indiana its first lead of the game.
Trey Lyles led the Nuggets with a career-high 25 points.
CELTICS 91, PISTONS 81
DETROIT (AP) – Al Horford had 18 points, Kyrie Irving added 16 and Boston beat Detroit to get revenge for a rare loss.
The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics bounced back from a loss Friday night at San Antonio, extending their feat of losing consecutive games only once this season.
The Pistons, meanwhile, have lost six straight for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season.
Boston shut down the Pistons after giving up a season-high 118 points to them in a loss at home last month. The Celtics held Detroit to a season low in points and forced it to miss two-thirds of its shots.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown scored 12 points, reserve Marcus Smart had 12 and smooth-shooting rookie Jayson Tatum 11. Tatum made a 3-pointer late in the game to help hold off a potential comeback.
Tobias Harris had 19 for Detroit.
RAPTORS 102, KINGS 87
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Toronto Raptors held off Sacramento for its sixth straight victory.
Kyle Lowry added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on an off-night shooting, Serge Ibaka scored 20 points, and C.J. Miles had 11 for the Raptors. They won for the first time in Sacramento since 2014.
DeRozan shot 9 of 15 and was 7 of 11 on free throws while going over the 12,000-point mark for his career. He went into the day six points shy of the milestone.
Zach Randolph had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.
TIMBERWOLVES 97, MAVERICKS 92
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Minnesota beat Dallas.
Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading 21st double-double of the season. Minnesota committed 18 turnovers but hit four free throws at the end to pull away in a game in which no team led by more than six points.
Harrison Barnes scored 19 and Maxi Kleber tied a career high with 16 points for Dallas.
PELICANS 131, 76ERS 124
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jrue Holiday scored 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and New Orleans overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period to beat Philadelphia.
Anthony Davis added 29 points and DeMarcus Cousins 23 for New Orleans, which looked out-of-synch in the third quarter and in danger of dropping a second straight at home before Holiday took over.
Rajon Rondo, who sat out the Pelicans’ surprising collapse against Sacramento on Friday night, returned with 13 points and 18 assists.
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who played one season at LSU before being selected first overall in the 2016 draft, had 27 points and 10 rebounds. J.J. Redick had 28 points.
KNICKS 111, HAWKS 107
NEW YORK (AP) – Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 and New York beat Atlanta.
One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.
Dennis Schroder had 21 points and Ilyasova added 20 for the Hawks.
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