The NBA-leading Celtics rebound from a loss and beat Mavericks


BOSTON — Jayson Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown had 31 points to help the NBA-best Boston Celtics recover from a rare loss and beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-112 on Wednesday night.

The Celtics, who lead 14 wins in the NBA, had nine straight wins before losing to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Luka Doncic scored 42 points for the Mavericks, who had beaten Boston four times in a row. Three of the wins came in the closing seconds with a 3-hand and two of those were with no time on the clock.

But Doncic wasn’t able to keep that one close.

The Celtics led by as much as 27 points in the third quarter before Dallas scored 13 of the next 15 points. The Mavericks came within nine points, 104-95 with about 3:30 remaining, and it was 117-107 when it became a one-on-one game.

TORONTO — Kyrie Irving had 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Nic Claxton had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Brooklyn outnumbered Toronto.

Toronto kept Kevin Durant at 12 points but still lost to the Nets for the fifth time in seven games after winning 21 of the previous 25. Durant hit his 26,074 in the third quarter. Career point and further passed Kevin Garnett (26,071) for 18th place on the NBA list.

Royce O’Neale posted a career-high five 3-pointers and had 15 points, and Ben Simmons had 14 for the Nets, who rallied after Tuesday’s loss in Philadelphia. Brooklyn has won three out of four.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points for Toronto.

Toronto had 10 healthy players, with regulars Scottie Barnes (left knee) and Fred VanVleet (not ill with COVID) on the sidelines alongside All-Star Pascal Siakam (distorted right adductor muscle).

MILWAUKEE — DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and eight assists and Chicago beat Milwaukee.

Chicago started the week with a 6-10 record but has now beaten the top two teams overall. The Bulls ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak Monday night.

Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each had 18 points for Chicago, and Coby White had 14.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks, who lost for only the second time in 11 home games this season.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Terry Rozier scored nine of his 22 points in the last five minutes and Charlotte rallied to beat Philadelphia in a matchup of injury-stricken teams.

Charlotte, 13 points behind in the first half, won for only the second time in 13 games, ending a three-game slip.

Philadelphia played without three starters – Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey – but got strong efforts from Shake Milton, De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell and Tobias Harris.

Milton had 22 points, Melton 20, Harris 19 and Harrell 16 for Philadelphia. Harrell was starring in Charlotte for the first time since that franchise allowed him to go through free agency last summer.

The Hornets were missing starting warden LaMelo Ball and top reserve Cody Martin, and in the second quarter warden Dennis Smith Jr. lost due to a left ankle sprain.

ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 35 points, Clint Capela added 11 points and 14 rebounds and Atlanta ended Sacramento’s winning streak with seven points.

Young had 10 points in the third, including a straight 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 97-86 lead, and his 27-foot-3 made it 110-97 with 3:58 in the game and brought out a huge roar from the game Crowd.

Malik Monk led the Kings with a season-high 27 points, and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic had 23 points and Kevin Knox II had a season-high 21 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, and Detroit beat Utah for its second straight road win.

Marvin Bagley III hit a season-high 19 points in 9-of-10 shooting and Alec Burks added 18 points.

The Pistons had lost seven straight and ten on the road overall before beating Denver for their first road win Tuesday night.

Malik Beasley led Utah with 29 points and a season-high eight 3s.


OKAHOMA CITY — Nikola Jokic scored 39 points, Aaron Gordon added 30 and Bruce Brown had a triple-double to help an exhausted Denver outlast Oklahoma City in overtime.

Brown had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Denver played without starters Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Porter. missed the game with a left heel injury while Murray was kept at rest.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 31 points and 11 assists for Oklahoma City. Isiah Joe hit 7 of 10 3s and scored 21 points.


CLEVELAND — Donovan Mitchell had 34 points and Jarrett Allen had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds in Cleveland’s win over Portland.

Darius Garland had 24 points and 12 assists to help the Cavaliers complete a 4-0 homestand and improve to 12-6.

Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and six rebounds for Portland. The Trail Blazers have lost four straight games.

Portland guard Damian Lillard missed his second straight game with a right lower leg strain.

MIAMI — Kyle Lowry scored 24 of his 28 first-half points, Tyler Herro hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Miami beat Washington to end a four-game slide.

Caleb Martin scored 24 points and Herro finished his first game with 17 points after missing eight games with a sprained ankle.

Kyle Kuzma scored 33 points for the Wizards.

The teams meet again on Friday in Miami.


INDIANAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points — nine of them in a row in an important run in the third quarter — and Minnesota beat Indiana.

Minnesota have won five straight games, four of them away, to improve to 10-8. Indiana had a five-game winning streak that fell to 10-7.

Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota. Myles Turner led Indianapolis with 31 points and hit seven 3s.

SAN ANTONIO — Zion Williamson had a season-high 32 points along with 11 rebounds and New Orleans handed San Antonio their sixth straight loss, 129-110, on Wednesday night.

Williamson was 14 for 18 from the field. The Pelicans extended their lead to 24 points in the fourth quarter, winning for the seventh time in nine games.

Jonas Valanciunas finished the tournament with 22 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.

Spurs guard Devin Vassell had 26 points and eight assists.

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