BOSTON (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the spotlight from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals and leading the Boston Celtics to a 102-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rozier scored the last eight Boston points of the first quarter to give the Celtics an 11-point lead, and had another eight in a row midway through the fourth when they expanded the lead to 21. Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum had 15 points apiece, and Irving and Al Horford each had 11 points and nine rebounds to help Boston to its fourth straight win.
76ERS 112, SPURS 106
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid shook off a sprained right hand that nearly kept him out of the lineup to score 21 points, grab 11 rebounds and lead Philadelphia past San Antonio.
The 76ers snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs. They needed all 35 minutes from Embiid to knock off short-handed San Antonio.
Embiid was injured in a hard fall Saturday against the Suns. Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder sat at his locker before the game and said his hand was swollen and he couldn’t shoot.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gerald Green scored 27 points, Clint Capela had 21 points and eight rebounds and Houston got by without NBA scoring leader James Harden, routing Orlando.
Harden was sidelined by a strained left hamstring.
Green made his first five 3-point shots and finished 7 for 10 from behind the arc for the Rockets, who were never behind and led by as many as 28 late in the third quarter.
Eric Gordon added 17 points and six assists to help Houston tune up for its Thursday night showdown with Golden State.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points, John Wall added 25 with nine assists and Washington beat New York.
Playing for the first time since he was selected Eastern Conference player of the week, Beal followed his 39-point outburst on Sunday by hitting 11 of his 14 field goal attempts for Washington, which was won five of six.
Marcin Gortat had a season-high 21 points, shooting 9 of 10 from the field.
HEAT 111, PISTONS 104
MIAMI (AP) — Kelly Olynyk scored 25 points, including a big layup with 39 seconds left, and Goran Dragic added 24 as Miami held off Detroit.
Olynyk finished with 13 rebounds and Dragic had 13 assists for the Heat, who are three games over .500 for the first time since April 2016.
NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead jumper with 9.7 seconds left and tied his career high with 26 points, leading Brooklyn over Minnesota.
Jimmy Butler missed at the buzzer as the Timberwolves lost for just the second time in nine games.
Dinwiddie added nine assists as the Nets improved to 2-0 in the new year — more wins than they had all last January, when they were 1-15. Joe Harris came off the bench to score 17 points.
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 35 points and Delon Wright set career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds as Toronto beat Chicago.
DeRozan came up big again after scoring a franchise-record 52 points in a win over Milwaukee on New Year’s Day. Held to nine in the first half this time, he scored 18 in the third quarter. He also shot 5 of 8 on 3-pointers and converted all 10 free throws.
BUCKS 122, PACERS 101
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 27 points and Milwaukee pulled away from Indiana.
Antetokounmpo had his way around the rim with his usual array of dunks and layups, shooting 12 of 18. He secured his 18th double-double of the season with 1:01 left in the third quarter and was rested for the entire fourth.
PELICANS 108, JAZZ 98
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead New Orleans past Utah.
Jrue Holiday carried the offense early with 18 first-half points and finished with 24 for the Pelicans. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 24 points, and Joe Johnson scored 20 off the bench.
NUGGETS 134, SUNS 111
DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris scored 28 of his 36 points in the first half and Denver used a big third quarter to beat Phoenix.
Harris tied his career high in points, finishing 14 of 17 from the field. Nikola Jokic added 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Nuggets stop a two-game slide and improve to 13-4 at home this season.
Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Trey Lyles had 16 and Jamal Murray 13.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a successful return home and rookie Terrance Ferguson scored 24 in his first career start as Oklahoma City handed Los Angeles its eighth consecutive defeat.
Paul George also scored 24 points and Carmelo Anthony added 21 to complement Westbrook, the reigning MVP who was born in Long Beach and went to college at UCLA.
The Lakers were led by rookie Kyle Kuzma’s 18 points. They shot just 41.3 percent from the field, while the Thunder shot 60.2 percent.