NBA Roundup: Celtics Defeat Lakers in OT Thriller

Dec. 14 (Reuters) – Jayson Tatum scored 44 points and Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 15 rebounds as the visiting Boston Celtics ended a rare loss with a 122-118 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Marcus Smart had 18 points and Derrick White had 10 as the Celtics rebounded after losing their last two games. Upended by the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston lost games for the second straight season this season.

The Celtics improved their best NBA record to 22-7 and went 4-2 on a six-game road trip, a season-high.

Anthony Davis had 37 points and 12 rebounds and LeBron James had 33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Lakers lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Los Angeles lost on its return home after going 3-3 over six games on a season trip to the East Coast.

Russell Westbrook scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who were 20 points behind in the third quarter. Los Angeles turned it around with an 18-0 run to take a 106-93 lead, but Boston finished the regulation with a 17-4 tear to force overtime.

76er 123, Kings 103

Joel Embiid scored 31 points and James Harden added 21 points, 15 assists, seven rebounds and five steals as host Philadelphia defeated Sacramento.

Tobias Harris contributed 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Matisse Thybulle added 15 points, Shake Milton had 14 and Georges Niang had 12 for the Sixers, who picked up their third straight win. Domantas Sabonis led the Kings with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Malik Monk added 16 points and De’Aaron Fox had 13 on his return from right foot pain.

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The Sixers led 80-55 at halftime after Harden dropped a 3-pointer off the wing on the buzzer. It was the most points the Sixers scored in a first half of the entire season.

Dollars 128, warriors 111

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and led a save to the free-throw line as Milwaukee blitzed Golden State in a nationally televised game marred by eight technical fouls.

Antetokounmpo went 11-to-17 at the line, and his teammates took all 15 of their foul shots as the Bucks forged a 26-15 advantage in free-throw points over a Warriors team that saw four players and coach Steve Kerr pick up technique. Antetokounmpo completed a double-double with 12 game-level rebounds, while Bobby Portis did the same with 25 points and 11 boards off the bench.

Stephen Curry had a team-high 20 points in 27 minutes — and one of the technical points — for Golden State, which opened its longest journey of the season, a six-game stretch.

Rockets 111, Suns 97

Jalen Green posted a game-high 26 points while Kevin Porter Jr. added 18 points as Houston extended his winning streak to five games at home with a win over Phoenix.

Green and Porter combined for 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Alperen Sengun hit a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who tied for a one-point win in Phoenix with a wire-to-wire 11 days ago. The win against a followed Sun’s side without starters Cam Johnson (knee) and Devin Booker (hamstring).

Mikal Bridges led Phoenix with 18 points but missed 20 of 24 shots. Chris Paul had 16 points and seven assists.

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Jazz 121, Pelicans 100

Zion Williamson posted a game-high 26 points, but Utah used a balanced performance to end a seven-game winning streak while visiting New Orleans with a stunning win in Salt Lake City.

Malik Beasley led Utah with 21 points off the bench while three of his teammates registered double-doubles. Lauri Markkanen came back from illness with a total of 19 points and 11 rebounds; Jarred Vanderbilt amassed 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists; and Walker Kessler hit 16 rebounds with 11 points and three blocked shots.

The momentum finally changed in the second quarter when Williamson canceled his third foul and went on the bench for the rest of the half. Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds and CJ McCollum added 14 points and six boards as the Pelicans lost for the first time since their 132-111 win in Memphis on Nov. 25. New Orleans has still won 12 of their last 15 games.

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