NBA round-up: Jayson Tatum scores 33 points, Celtics beats Thunder 111-105

Jayson Tatum scored 33 points, Dennis Schroder had 29 and the Boston Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 on Saturday night.

Jayson Tatum scored 33 points during the Boston Celtics' 111-105 win over Oklahoma Thunder on Saturday.   -  AFP

Jayson Tatum scored 33 points, Dennis Schroder had 29 and the Boston Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 on Saturday night.

Al Horford added 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Boston, which won for seventh time in 10 games. Grant Williams added 14 points.

Lu Dort scored 16 points for Oklahoma City, and Josh Giddey had 15 points and eight rebounds. The Thunder has dropped four of five.

Coming off an emotional 22-point victory over the rival Lakers a night earlier, the Celtics didn’t have any letdown, charging to a double-digit lead midway into the second quarter. Tatum had 37 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Los Angeles on Friday.

BUCKS 117, MAGIC 108

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 20 rebounds and Milwaukee held off Orlando to open a two-game set.

 

The teams will meet again Monday night in Milwaukee.

Bobby Portis had a season-high 24 points along with 15 rebounds to help the Bucks win their third straight and improve to 9-8. They’re above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 on Oct. 27.

R.J. Hampton had 19 points off the bench for the Magic. Orlando lost for the fifth time in six games to fall to an East-worst 4-13.

WIZARDS 103, HEAT 100

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Spencer Dinwiddie each scored 16 points and hit two 3-pointers during a crucial late stretch and the Wizards rallied to beat Miami.

Bradley Beal had 21 points to help Washington split the home-and-home series with Miami and move a half-game above the Heat in the Southeast Division standings. Miami, beat Washington 112-97 in Florida on Thursday night.

The Wizards trailed by as 16 in the third quarter and by 10 with 4:42 to play before Caldwell-Pope and Dinwiddie scored every point during a 15-2 run to give Washington a 99-96 lead with 1:43 left.

Jimmy Butler scored 29 points for the Heat.

TRAIL BLAZERS 119, 76ERS 111

Damian Lillard scored a season-high 39 points to help Portland beat Philadelphia.

 

CJ McCollum added 18 points, Norman Powell had 17, and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Portland improved to 8-1 at home and, at 9-8, is above .500 for the first time since October 31.

Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey each scored 28 points for Philadelphia. Joel Embiid missed his seventh straight game after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

KNICKS 106, ROCKETS 99

Alec Burks scored 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Fournier added 19 and New York handed Houston its 14th consecutive loss,

All-Star Julius Randle added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Immanuel Quickley had 13 points off the bench for the Knicks.

Christian Wood had 18-points and 12 rebounds for the NBA-worst Rockets. They are 1-15.

PACERS 111, PELICANS 94

Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Indiana's starters bounced back from being benched a night earlier to beat New Orleans.

Yanked by coach Rick Carlisle in the third quarter of loss at Charlotte, Indiana’s starters opened with 23 points in the first quarter for a 32-19 lead. The one change to the starting lineup was shooting guard Justin Holiday, who scored 17 points.

Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans.

HAWKS 115, HORNETS 105

Clint Capela had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Trae Young scored 19 points and Atlanta beat Charlotte.

 

Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter each added 17 points, and Danilo Gallinari had 16 to help Atlanta win its fourth consecutive game. John Collins had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Miles Bridges scored 35 points for Charlotte, and LaMelo Ball had 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

TIMBERWOLVES 138, GRIZZLIES 95

D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points, Anthony Edwards added 23 and Minnesota routed Memphis for its third straight victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 21 points in a game Minnesota led by as many as 45, its biggest lead in a game this season and the Grizzlies’ largest deficit.

Desmond Bane scored 21 points for the Grizzlies. Ja Morant tied a season low with 11.

JAZZ 123, KINGS 105

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 14 rebounds and Utah beat Sacramento.

Richaun Holmes had 22 points and seven rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings has lost seven of eight.

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