NBA roundup: LA Lakers overcome Boston Celtics 96-95

Jayson Tatum's contributed with 30 points but couldn't ensure victory for the Celtics in a tight contest.

Anthony Davis shoots against Celtics' Ojeleye (37) and Jayson Tatum. - AP

Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the Boston Celtics 96-95 on Saturday night when Daniel Theis missed a follow shot at the buzzer.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first meeting of the season between the longtime rivals. Montrezl Harrell added 16 points for the Lakers, who lost in Detroit on Thursday when Davis rested a bruised right quadriceps.

Jayson Tatum finished with 30 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown added 28 points. Boston has lost five out of its last seven.

The Celtics played the final 10:28 without Marcus Smart, who was helped off the court with what the team said was a left calf strain following a collision with Harrell underneath the basket. Harrell tipped in a missed layup and stepped on Smart’s foot as he came down.


Damian Lillard hit a fadeaway 3-pointer as time expired to lift Portland past Chicago. Lillard finished with 44 points on eight 3-pointers.

It appeared the Bulls had the game in control after Coby White hit a pair of free throws to give them a 122-117 lead with 11.5 seconds left. Lillard came down and hit a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds to play.

Following the inbounds, the Blazers trapped Zach LaVine in the corner and forced a jump ball with 6.2 seconds left. After the jump, Lillard picked up the loose ball and fired a 3 from near the sideline to win it.

Enes Kanter had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland.

Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points for Chicago.


LaMelo Ball scored a career-high 27 points and had nine assists and Charlotte handed Milwaukee its second loss in two nights. Gordon Hayward added 27 points, Malik Monk had 18 and Cody Zeller chipped in with a career-best 15 rebounds.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 34 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks. Milwaukee lost at New Orleans on Friday night.


Stephen Curry scored 28 points, making six 3-pointers, and Golden State raced to an early lead and beat Detroit. Curry shot 11 for 17, including 6 of 8 from deep, and Golden State found a far better offensive groove after shooting just 38 percent in Thursday’s 114-93 loss at Phoenix — including 29 percent from 3-point range (11 for 38).

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points. Jerami Grant led Detroit with 18 points.

HEAT 105, KING 104

Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 30 points after missing 10 games because of the NBA’s virus-related protocols, including the go-ahead layup with 42.1 seconds left, and the Heat beat Sacramento to end a five-game losing streak. Sacramento had a last-ditch chance, but Richaun Holmes’ jumper was well short.

Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Miami. De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points for Sacramento.


Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 assists and Phoenix rallied to beat Dallas. Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns, who trailed by 15 in the second half. Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder each scored 14 points.


Dallas wasted a terrific performance by Luka Doncic, who scored 18 of his 29 points in the third quarter, including eight straight in a 12-0 run after the teams were tied at halftime. The Mavericks dropped their fifth consecutive game.

The Suns played their fourth straight game without All-Star guard Devin Booker. He’s sidelined by a strained left hamstring.


Christian Wood scored 27 points and Houston beat New Orleans to run its winning streak to five. Victor Oladipo scored 20 points and John Wall added 15 for Houston.

Zion Williamson had 26 points for the Pelicans.


Ja Morant had 19 points and 11 assists and Memphis beat San Antonio for its sixth straight victory. De’Anthony Melton had 20 points, and former Spurs forward Kyle Anderson finished with 16. Reserves Gorgui Dieng and Desmond Bane added 15 points apiece.

The teams remain in San Antonio for the finale of a two-game set on Monday.

Spurs guard Derrick White had 18 points in his return from a 14-game absence due to a toe injury.

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