Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 60 factors, together with 4 free throws in the ultimate 12 seconds of time beyond regulation, because the Boston Celtics got here again from a 32-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs 143-140 on Friday in a wild recreation.
The Celtics’ worst deficit got here 18 minutes into the sport, however it roared again to tie the competition halfway via the fourth interval.
Boston took its first lead for the reason that recreation’s opening minutes at 127-126 on Tatum’s 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining in regulation. Tatum, who tied Larry Bird for essentially the most factors in a recreation in Celtics’ historical past (March 12, 1985), then hit a free throw with 18.8 seconds to play to push the Celtics’ result in two factors.
The Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (30 factors, 14 assists) retied the sport with a pair of free throws with 10.8 seconds left, giving Boston a remaining shot for a win in regulation, however Tatum missed a jumper on the buzzer.
Kings 110, Lakers 106
Terence Davis scored 10 fourth-quarter factors and visiting Sacramento rallied for a victory over Los Angeles, spoiling the return of LeBron James from damage.
The Kings earned its first victory in opposition to the Lakers at Staples Center since 2018. Even extra spectacular, Sacramento gained with out frontline gamers De’Aaron Fox (well being and security protocols) and Harrison Barnes (left adductor tightness). Tyrese Haliburton paced the Kings with 23 factors and 10 assists.
The Lakers misplaced for the fifth time in six video games. James returned to the ground after the longest absence of his NBA profession, 20 video games. He completed with 16 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists in 32 minutes.
Suns 121, Jazz 100
Two days after incomes its first playoff look in 11 years, Phoenix claimed a share of the most effective document in the NBA because of a win over visiting Utah.
Devin Booker scored 31 factors for the Suns, which earned its third win over the Jazz in as many video games this season, giving it the tiebreaker if it finally ends up tied going into the playoffs.
Bojan Bogdanovic led Utah with 22 factors. The Jazz, taking part in with out Donovan Mitchell (ankle) and Mike Conley (hamstring), fell for the third time in 4 video games.
76ers 126, Hawks 104
Dwight Howard scored 19 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds as Philadelphia dominated visiting Atlanta for the second straight recreation.
Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris every scored 18 factors for Philadelphia. The Sixers has gained every of its previous three video games by a mixed 97 factors. Atlanta misplaced its third recreation in a row.
Philadelphia had seven gamers in double figures, and not one of the starters performed greater than 27 minutes. The Hawks received main scorer Trae Young again after he missed 4 video games (sprained left ankle). Young confirmed no lingering results and scored 32 factors, his 18th recreation this season with 30-plus.
Trail Blazers 128, Nets 109
Damian Lillard recorded 32 factors, 9 assists and 7 rebounds to steer Portland to a convincing victory over Brooklyn in New York.
Jusuf Nurkic contributed 23 factors and 11 rebounds because the Trail Blazers improved to 3-0 on a six-game highway journey. Lillard was 8 of 13 from the 3-point vary.
Kyrie Irving scored 28 factors for the Nets after sitting out Thursday on account of a groin damage. Brooklyn star Kevin Durant was held out Friday because the staff performed the second recreation of a back-to-back set.
Wizards 122, Cavaliers 93
Russell Westbrook recorded his thirty first triple-double of the season with 15 factors, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and Washington received previous host Cleveland for its tenth win in 11 video games.
Seven Wizards scored in double figures, led by Bradley Beal with 19 factors. Raul Neto added 17 factors.
Collin Sexton led all scorers with 22 factors for the Cavaliers, who took their fifth consecutive loss.
Bucks 108, Bulls 98
Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton every scored 22 factors as Milwaukee gained at Chicago with out the companies of two-time MVP (*60*) Antetokounmpo.
Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis added 16 factors every, and Portis had 14 rebounds. The Bucks discovered its defensive depth with Antetokounmpo sitting out after he sprained his proper ankle early in Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Houston Rockets.
Coby White scored 21 factors for the Bulls and Nikola Vucevic added 17 with 15 rebounds for the Bulls, who misplaced for the ninth time in 13 video games.
Grizzlies 92, Magic 75
Dillon Brooks scored 16 of his 20 factors in the second half to steer host Memphis previous Orlando.
Jonas Valanciunas’ 14 factors and 15 rebounds helped the Grizzlies overcome a typically poor capturing efficiency and defeat the Magic in the primary of home-and-home video games in opposition to Orlando on back-to-back nights.
Cole Anthony and Mo Bamba every scored 15 factors to steer Orlando, which misplaced for the seventh time in its previous eight video games.