Celtics rally from 32 down, beat Spurs 143-140 in overtime


BOSTON (AP)Jaylen Brown hit a 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 60 points and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 32-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 143-140 on Friday night.

Tatum, whose previous career best was 53 points scored against Minnesota on April 9, scored 21 in the fourth quarter, then added 10 in the overtime to cap the improbable comeback with a pair of free throws that sealed it with four seconds remaining.

Brown finished with 17 points, Marcus Smart had 10 points and 12 assists, and Aaron Nesmith had 16 points and six rebounds for Boston.

DeMar DeRozan had 30 points and 14 assists for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker IV finished with 24 points each, and Jakob Poeltl finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 16 points in his return to the Lakers’ lineup, but it wasn’t enough as Sacramento rallied for the victory.

James suffered a high right ankle sprain on March 20 against the Atlanta Hawks and missed the next 20 games, which was the longest absence of his career. He played 32 minutes and was 6 of 12 from the field. He missed what would had been a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining as Los Angeles lost for the fifth time in six games.

Terence Davis scored 10 of his 15 points during the final 12 minutes for the King.

Tyrese Haliburton led Sacramento with 23 points and 10 assists, and Richaun Holmes added 22 points.

Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Andre Drummond had 17 points.

SUNS 121, JAZZ 100

PHOENIX (AP) – Devin Booker scored 31 points, Mikal Bridges added 18 and Phoenix pulled into a tie for the top spot in the Western Conference by beating Utah.

Phoenix is actually atop the NBA because it holds the tiebreaker over the Jazz.

Booker shot 13 of 19 from the field, hitting three step-back jumpers late in the third that brought roars from the crowd. Chris Paul added 12 points and nine assists. Deandre Ayton had 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Jazz were led by Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 22 points. Utah has lost three of its last four games.


NEW YORK (AP) – Damian Lillard had 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Portland beat Brooklyn to remain unbeaten halfway through an important road trip.

Lillard scored 22 points in the second half as the Blazers broke away late in the third quarter to snap the Nets’ four-game winning streak.

Jusuf Nurkic added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who are 3-0 on their trip as they try to fight their way out of seventh place in the Western Conference and avoid having to appear in the play-in tournament.

Kyrie Irving had 28 points for the Nets, who rested Kevin Durant.

76ERS 126, HAWKS 104

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris each scored 18 points to lead Philadelphia over Atlanta.

Dwight Howard had a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who routed the Hawks for the second straight game.

Trae Young scored 32 points in his return after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury, and Clint Capela had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta. The Hawks stayed in fifth place in the East.


CLEVELAND (AP) – Russell Westbrook posted his 31st triple-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and Washington continued its postseason push with a rout of Cleveland.

It was Westbrook’s 177th career triple-double, moving him within four of Oscar Robertson’s NBA record. He also tied Wilt Chamberlain (1967-1968) for the fourth-most triple-doubles in a season, a list that Westbrook leads with 42 in 2016-2017.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points on 8-for-24 shooting, and Raul Neto had 17 points for Washington.

Collin Sexton scored 22 points but had a career-high eight turnovers for Cleveland in his return from a three-game absence with a concussion. Cedi Osman had 14 points and Darius Garland had 12 before leaving with a left ankle injury in the third quarter.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Dillon Brooks scored 20 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis beat Orlando.

Kyle Anderson contributed 13 points for the Grizzlies, who shot 34.3% from the field but snapped a two-game losing streak.

Cole Anthony and Mo Bamba led the short-handed Magic with 15 points each. Bamba also had 11 rebounds. R.J. Hampton finished with 11 points for Orlando, which shot 31.4% and fell even with idle Detroit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.


CHICAGO (AP) – Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each scored 22 points, and Milwaukee was good enough without Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat Chicago.

The Bucks hope Antetokounmpo won’t be sidelined for long after the reigning two-time MVP rolled his already sprained right ankle in the opening minute at Houston the previous night.

Bobby Portis had 16 points and tied a season high with 14 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 16 to go with seven assists for Milwaukee, which is third in the Eastern Conference.

Coby White led Chicago with 21 points. Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 15 rebounds. Daniel Theis finished with 16 points and 10 boards as the Bulls lost for the third time in four games.

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