Dennis Schröder scored a season-high 38 points — eight in overtime — and the Boston Celtics took advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 122-113 on Friday night.

Jayson Tatum scored 27 with 11 rebounds for Boston, which has won four of five since opening the season 2-5.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP, Antetokounmpo was scratched about 90 minutes before the game with a right ankle sprain.

Jrue Holiday had 17 points and 13 assists, and Bobby Portis scored 22 for the defending NBA champion Bucks. Grayson Allen scored 21, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the final 73 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Robert Williams III had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart scored 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter, when the Celtics turned a four-point deficit into a seven-point lead.


Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 40 points with his old college coach from Davidson cheering him on, Draymond Green delivered another all-around effort and Golden State beat Chicago for its seventh straight victory.

Green added nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists after coming into the game questionable with a bruised left thigh. Golden State improved to 11-1, wrapping a franchise-record eight-game homestand.

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Curry’s college coach from Davidson, Bob McKillop, got to lead his team through a practice at the Warriors’ facility ahead of a game on Saturday at Chase Center against San Francisco.

Zach LaVine scored 23 points for Chicago.


James Harden highlighted a 39-point, 12-assist performance with a game-sealing 27-foot 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and Brooklyn rallied to beat New Orleans after blowing a 21-point lead.

Kevin Durant scored 28 for the Nets, who’ve won seven of their last eight, and Joe Harris scored 24 after opening his night by hitting his first seven shots, including six from 3, to help hand the Pelicans their ninth straight loss.

Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans.


Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 of his 29 points during Minnesota’s dominant third quarter, and the Timberwolves snapped their six-game losing streak with a lopsided victory over Los Angeles.

D’Angelo Russell had 22 points against his former team and Patrick Beverley added 11 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which seized control while outscoring the Lakers 40-12 in the third as the Timberwolves rolled to their first win since Oct. 27.

Anthony Davis had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers dropped to 2-3 with LeBron James sidelined by a strained abdominal muscle.

Russell Westbrook scored 20 points on his 33rd birthday for Los Angeles.


Lu Dort stole the ball from De’Aaron Fox, then drove and made a layup with 1.7 seconds left to lift Oklahoma City past Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Buddy Hield, the former University of Oklahoma star, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it for the Kings.

The Thunder overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half to win their fourth straight game. Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 22 points and Darius Bazley added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Richaun Holmes added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. They who have lost four straight.

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Devin Booker and Jae Crowder scored 17 points each, Chris Paul added 15 points and 12 assists and Phoenix dominated Memphis for its seventh straight victory.

Mikal Bridges had 13 points as the defending Western Conference champion Suns controlled the game throughout, never trailing. Phoenix held a double-digit lead from the late stages of the first quarter through the end of the game.

Ja Morant led Memphis with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 19 points. The Grizzlies shot 38%, making only 7 of 33 3-point attempts.


Miles Bridges scored 24 points, point guard LaMelo Ball had a career-high 17 rebounds to go with 12 points and nine assists and Charlotte Hornets overcame a early 16-point deficit to beat New York.

Gordon Hayward added 22 points and seven assists, and Terry Rozier had 18 points.

Kemba Walker broke out of his shooting slump against his former team, scoring 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting for the Knicks. They have lost five of seven.

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Damian Lillard scored 20 points, CJ McCollum added 17 and Portland cruised past Houston for its first road victory of the season.

Portland is 1-6 on the road and 5-1 at home. The Rockets are the league’s only winless team on the road at 0-7. They are an NBA-worst 1-11.

Kevin Porter Jr. led the Rockets with 18 points.


Kristaps Porzingis had a season-high 32 points, Luka Doncic had 32 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds and Dallas routed San Antonio.

Dallas clinched the season series against its intrastate rival with its third consecutive win over San Antonio in the season’s first 12 games.

Devin Vassell had 20 points for San Antonio.


Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists in his return from a one-game suspension for his second triple-double of the season, leading Denver past Atlanta.

Jokic, the reigning NBA MVP, served the ban for his late-game shove of Markieff Morris in Denver’s win over Miami on Monday. Morris was fined for his role in the exchange of hard fouls.

Trae Young scored 30 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost six straight.


Darius Garland tied his season high with 21 points and rookie power forward Evan Mobley had 16 points and seven rebounds, leading Cleveland past Detroit.

Cleveland has won five of six to improve to 8-5.

Jeremi Grant scored 16 points for Detroit. The Pistons were held to a season low in points, committed 23 turnovers and have the worst record in the East at 2-9.