PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons topped LeBron James in a triple-double battle to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 13th straight win in their biggest game in six years, 132-130 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
With a buzz in the city over the Sixers that hasn’t been felt since the pre-Process days, they romped toward a 30-point lead over the Cavs in the first half and scored 78 points at the break.
TORONTO (AP) — Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 and Toronto beat Indiana, clinching first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.
Jakbo Poeltl scored 10 points as the Raptors set franchise records for wins in a season (57) and home wins (33).
CELTICS 111, BULLS 104
BOSTON (AP) — Greg Monroe came off the bench and had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Boston defeated Chicago.
It is Monroe’s second career triple-double. Jaylen Brown finished with a career-high 32 points and four rebounds.
TIMBERWOLVES 113, LAKERS 96
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 18 points in his return from right knee surgery, Jeff Teague had 25 points and eight assists, and Minnesota beat Los Angeles.
Butler played 22½ minutes and was 7 for 10 from the field in his first game since getting hurt against Houston on Feb. 23. He had surgery two days later for a cartilage injury and missed 17 games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taurean Prince scored 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta beat Washington.
Washington dropped its fourth straight game and fell into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
PHOENIX (AP) — Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 31 points and tied a season best with 16 rebounds, Anthony Davis had 33 points and 11 boards, and New Orleans beat Phoenix.
Jrue Holiday added 22 points and 10 assists to help the Pelicans move into a tie for the Western Conference’s fifth seed with idle San Antonio and Oklahoma City. New Orleans (45-34) won its second straight after losing four in a row.
MAVERICKS 106, OT
DETROIT (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and Detroit beat Dallas.
Andre Drummond added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who had six scorers in double figures.
KNICKS 122, HEAT 98
NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Damyean Dotson had career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Luke Kornet added a career-best 17 points and New York blew out Miami.
Trey Burke scored 17 points and Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak.