Suns beat Celtics 111-103, run winning streak to 4 games
BOSTON (AP) — Devin Booker had 25 points and eight assists, and Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the suddenly resurgent Phoenix Suns past the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Wednesday night.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Suns since opening the season 4-24. Phoenix has its first four-game winning streak since March 2015.
T.J. Warren scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 for the Suns.
Boston center Aron Baynes broke a bone in his left hand early in the game and the team announced that he’ll be sidelined indefinitely.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points as Houston set an NBA record with 26 3-pointers and won its fifth straight game.
A 3 by Gary Clark tied the record with 2:42 left. The Rockets missed their next four tries before Michael Carter-Williams hit one with 31.1 seconds left and was greeted with loud cheers. The previous record was held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 against Atlanta on March 3, 2017.
The winning streak ties their longest of the season and comes after the Rockets lost their previous three games.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paul George scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s win over Sacramento in a matchup of short-handed teams.
George hit four 3-pointers and went 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Westbrook had 19 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds for the 112th triple-double of his career.
George and Adams had double-doubles — George pulled down 12 rebounds and Adams scored 20 points — as the Thunder won for the eighth time in 11 games. Oklahoma City finished with a season-high 66 boards.
HORNETS 110, CAVALIERS 99
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 30 points and six assists to help Charlotte rally past Cleveland.
Walker was coming off a season-low four points in Saturday’s 128-100 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in which he shot 2 for 13 from the field and missed all five 3-point tries. After missing his first seven shots against Cleveland, Walker got untracked and Charlotte evened its season record to .500 (15-15).
It was Walker’s ninth 30-point game this season.
Simmons had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Jimmy Butler added 20 points and Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 off the bench for the Sixers, who shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
Philadelphia had lost three of four, including a lopsided defeat in San Antonio on Monday.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks (9-24), who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Emmanuel Mudiay, averaging 20 points per game in his previous nine contests, was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LeMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and five San Antonio players scored in double figures in the win.
The Spurs, the NBA’s leading 3-point shooting team, went 12 of 19 from behind the arc and 50 for 77 overall (64.9 percent) to win for the sixth time in seven games.
Marco Belinelli came off the bench and scored 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and DeMar DeRozan and Bryan Forbes added 17 points each.
D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 17 points. Rookie center Mo Bamba had seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks in his first NBA start.
Aaron Gordon, who had 26 points in the Magic’s win at San Antonio on Nov. 4, finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and Toronto rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Indiana.
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 and Greg Monroe 13 as Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raptors, who have the best record in the NBA at 24-9, avoided their second three-game slump of the season.
VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the final quarter as Toronto won its 10TH straight home meeting with the Pacers. Indiana has not won in Toronto since March 1, 2013.
Victor Oladipo scored 20 points for the Pacers, who lost their second straight after winning the previous seven.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and Milwaukee dispatched New Orleans.
Antetokounmpo added eight assists and eight rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to 21-9.
New Orleans forward Anthony Davis limped to the locker room with an apparent left ankle injury in the waning seconds of the first period. He returned to the bench briefly at the start of the second quarter before again heading to locker room. The Pelicans tweeted before halftime that Davis’ return was questionable due to illness. Davis returned and scored the Pelicans’ first nine points in the fourth quarter and finished with 27, along with 11 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and 12 assists.
Milwaukee’s George Hill hit a 3-pointer at the horn to end the third quarter and tie it at 90 in a game that featured seven ties and 14 lead changes through the first three periods.
The game remained tight throughout the fourth before the Bucks went on an 11-0 run to build a 10-point lead with 3:18 remaining. The Pelicans got no closer than six the rest of the way.
Darius Miller finished with 20 points for New Orleans.
Kris Dunn scored 24 points for Chicago, which has the worst record in the league at 7-25 after dropping 12 of its last 14. Bobby Portis added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls before exiting in the final minute with an apparent leg injury.
Chicago led 93-92 before Joe Harris put Brooklyn ahead to stay on a floating bank shot with 43 seconds left.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 24 points, including 15 in the third quarter, and Portland handed Memphis its fourth straight loss.
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