Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 41 points and had 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game, holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 125-114 on Wednesday night.
Jayson Tatum added 31 points and 10 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points, and Al Horford had 14, making four 3-pointers. The Celtics have won their last five home games.
CJ McCollum had 38 points for New Orleans, his fifth consecutive game with at least 25 points.
Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 41 points as the Celtics won their fourth straight game
He kept the Pelicans in the game throughout, going 6 of 12 from the 3-point line. They played without Zion Williamson for the fifth consecutive game as he continues to deal with a strained right hamstring.
Naji Marshall added 18 points and Trey Murphy III had 15 for New Orleans. The Pelicans have lost three of four.
The Celtics took a six-point lead into halftime and increased it to 104-89 with just under 10 minutes to play.
New Orleans got to 107-97 with 7:32 left. But Boston responded with a 11-3 run to get it back to 118-100.
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans
NUGGETS 126, SUNS 97
Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Denver Nuggets won their 12th straight home game, routing the weary and short-handed Phoenix Suns 126-97 on Wednesday night.
Bones Hyland added 21 points and Jamal Murray had 16 to help the Nuggets win for the 14th time in 17 games. They reached the season’s halfway point tied with Memphis for the Western Conference lead.
A night after winning at Golden State despite missing four starters and six rotation players, the Suns ran out of gas playing a back-to-back at altitude while dressing 10 players.
Torrey Craig scored 16 points and Josh Okogie added 14 and nine rebounds for the Suns. They have dropped 10 of 12.
Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists during Nuggets’ win over the Suns
KNICKS 119, PACERS 113
Jalen Brunson scored 34 points to help New York beat Indiana.
RJ Barrett added 27 points in his return from a finger injury that sidelined him six games, and Julius Randle had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Buddy Hield led Indiana with 31 points.
New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) goes to the basket against the Indiana Pacers
BUCKS 114, HAWKS 105
Jrue Holiday scored 27 points, Brook Lopez had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Milwaukee held off Atlanta.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added seven points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists, and Bobby Portis II had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee has won four of five.
Atlanta played without Trae Young (illness) and Clint Capela (strained right calf). Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 22 points.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half
WIZARDS 100, BULLS 97
Kyle Kuzma broke a tie with a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left and Washington beat Chicago.
Zach LaVine missed a 16-footer for Chicago with 2.3 seconds left, with Deni Avdija grabbing the last of his career-high 20 rebounds for Washington. Earlier, LaVine beat the shot clock to tie it at 97.
Kuzma finished with 21 points. Backup forward Anthony Gill scored a career-high 18 points, and Monte Morris added 17 for Washington.
LaVine had 38 points for Chicago. Bulls scoring leader DeMar DeRozan missed his first game of the season because of quadriceps strain.
Kyle Kuzma broke a tie with a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left and Washington beat Chicago
PISTONS 135, TIMBERWOLVES 118
Saddiq Bey scored 31 points and Detroit rallied to beat Minnesota.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 27 points for the short-handed Pistons.
Anthony Edwards scored 20 points for Minnesota. D´Angelo Russell added 19 and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Saddiq Bey scored 31 points and Detroit rallied to beat Minnesota on Wednesday night
GRIZZLIES 135, SPURS 129
Ja Morant scored 38 points, Jaren Jackson added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies hung on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 135-129 on Wednesday night for their season-high eighth straight victory.
Morant, who missed the previous two games with right thigh soreness, was 14 of 25 from the field, including 3 for 5 from outside the arc. Desmond Bane finished with 18 points and Tyus Jones added 16.
Keldon Johnson, who missed the past two games with left hamstring tightness, led the Spurs with 24 points. Tre Jones had 22 points and six assists, while Jakob Poeltl added 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl
KINGS 135, ROCKETS 115
Domantas Sabonis had 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as the Sacramento Kings beat the skidding Houston Rockets 135-115 on Wednesday night.
De’Aaron Fox added 24 points and nine assists for Sacramento (22-18). Trey Lyles scored 15 of his 20 points off the bench in the fourth quarter. Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes each finished with 16.
Alperen Sengün became the youngest center in NBA history with a triple-double. The 20-year-old finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Houston (10-31).
Jalen Green had 26 points for the Rockets, who have lost eight consecutive games and 13 of their last 14. Kenyon Martin Jr. scored 21 off the bench.
Domantas Sabonis had 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as the Kings beat Houston