BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving had a season-high 43 points, scoring 17 points in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter to force overtime and then making or recording an assist on every basket in the extra period in the Boston Celtics’ 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Irving had 11 assists, and Jayson Tatum added 21 points and seven rebounds. Boston evened the season series at one game apiece against the only team to finish above it in the Eastern Conference last season. The home team has won nine straight matchups.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and New Orleans overcame an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat New York.
Julius Randle had 19 points and 11 rebounds, including a crucial put-back of Davis’ missed free throw to make it 124-121 with 1:23 left.
76ERS 113, JAZZ 107
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in his home debut, Joel Embiid had 23 and Philadelphia beat Utah.
Acquired Monday from Minnesota in a five-player trade, Butler got a loud ovation during introductions and quickly made an impression as the Sixers built a 16-point lead in the first quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-best 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 23 and Brooklyn beat Washington for its first victory since Caris LeVert’s gruesome foot injury.
The Nets had lost five straight in Washington and ended a three-game slide overall. Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing two games due to illness.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, TRAIL BLAZERS 96
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and Minnesota kept cruising without Jimmy Butler.
Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns each had 14 points. The Timberwolves are 7-1 at home and 3-0 since trading the disgruntled Butler to Philadelphia on Monday.
CJ McCollum had 18 points for Portland.
BUCKS 123, BULLS 104
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 23 points and Milwaukee overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Chicago.
Down 63-45 at the half, the Bucks outscored the Bulls 46-17 in the third quarter.
Antetokounmpo’s dunk capped a 31-11 surge and gave the Bucks their first lead since the opening minute at 76-74 with 3:22 left in the quarter. Bledsoe had 14 points, Middleton 11 and Antetokounmpo nine to help Milwaukee take a 91-80 lead into the fourth.
PACERS 99, HEAT 91
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tyreke Evans hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points, leading Indiana past Miami.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 16 points and six rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Richardson scored 28 points for Miami, going 7 of 10 from 3-point range.