Jaylen Brown scored 17 points to lead six Boston scorers in double figures as the visiting Celtics routed the Miami Heat 95-78 on Thursday, using an impressive defensive effort to snap the Heat’s five-game winning streak.
Dennis Schroder scored 14 points, Aaron Nesmith had 13 and Romeo Langford chipped in 12 for Boston, which won its second straight following a three-game losing streak.
Miami, which entered the contest averaging a league-high 115.6 points, recorded a season-low point total and shot 34.6 percent from the field and 9 of 41 (22 percent) from 3-point range.
Jimmy Butler scored 20 points, Duncan Robinson had 16 and Bam Adebayo recorded 13 points and seven rebounds for Miami. Lowry committed six of the team’s 18 turnovers. Kyle Lowry had six points for Miami before leaving at the end of the third quarter due to a sprained left ankle.
76ers 109, Pistons 98
Seth Curry had 23 points, Tyrese Maxey supplied 20 and visiting Philadelphia pulled away from struggling Detroit for its fifth straight victory.
Joel Embiid contributed 19 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers while Shake Milton tossed in 16 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Georges Niang chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Philadelphia, which played without starters Tobias Harris and Danny Green.
Jerami Grant had 27 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Pistons, who were limited to 32 second-half points. Cade Cunningham, the top pick of the draft, recorded his first double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds despite 4-for-17 shooting from the field.
Jazz 116, Hawks 98
Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score a season-high 30 points and lead visiting Utah past Atlanta to its third straight win.
Clarkson was 10-for-19 from the field and made four 3-point baskets. He combined with Joe Ingles, who had a season-high 19, to offset the absence of Donovan Mitchell (24.9 points per game), who missed the game with a right ankle sprain.
Trae Young led the Hawks with 21 points, though he hit just 8 of 20 field-goal attempts and missed all four of his 3-point tries. Clint Capela contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Suns 123, Rockets 111
Devin Booker recorded 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists to help Phoenix beat visiting Houston.
Landry Shamet scored 19 points off the bench, Deandre Ayton added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Mikal Bridges also scored 16 points as the Suns won their third consecutive game.
Kevin Porter Jr. scored 20 points and Christian Wood added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost their sixth straight game.
Thunder 107, Lakers 104
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 28 points, capped by a 34-foot 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining, as visiting Oklahoma City continued to find success against Los Angeles.
Luguentz Dort added 17 points as the Thunder defeated the Lakers for the second time in nine days. They are the only two victories for Oklahoma City in eight tries this season.
Russell Westbrook had 27 points for the Lakers, and Carmelo Anthony had 21 off the bench. LeBron James did not play due to an abdominal strain that is expected to sideline him for a week.
–Field Level Media
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