Bridges scores 38 points, Nets rally to stun Celtics 115-105

BOSTON (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 38 points and the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 28-point deficit to stun the Boston Celtics 115-105 on Friday night.

Part of the trade that sent Kevin Durant to Phoenix, Bridges has reached 30 or more points in three of Brooklyn’s last six games. He also had 10 rebounds, playing nearly 43 minutes.

Fellow former Sun Cam Johnson added 20 points. Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 17.

It is the largest comeback by a Boston opponent since the Los Angeles Clippers also rallied from 28 down to beat Boston 123-112 at TD Garden on Feb. 9, 2019.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 35 points. Jayson Tatum, who was celebrating his 25th birthday, added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

The Celtics have lost two out of three and lost more ground on East-leading Milwaukee, which was idle Friday.


ATLANTA (AP) — Dejounte Murray scored a career-high 41 points and Atlanta overcome Portland star Damian Lillard’s 33-point night to give new coach Quin Snyder his first victory with the Hawks.

Snyder, the former Utah coach, agreed to a five-year deal as Atlanta’s coach on Feb. 26, five days after the firing of Nate McMillan. The Hawks lost to Washington 119-116 on Tuesday night in Snyder’s debut.

Murray scored 15 points in the second quarter. He made 17 of 22 shots from the field for the game and all five of his 3-point attempts. Trae Young took over with 15 in the third quarter and finished with 23 points and 11 assists.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paolo Banchero scored 31 points and finally got a couple of shots to fall from long range to help Orlando beat Charlotte.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft was 1 of 33 on 3-point attempts in February and started this month 0 for 2 before going 2 of 6 from against the Hornets. It was his first game with multiple 3s since Jan. 30.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 29 points for Charlotte. The Hornets have lost two straight since LaMelo Ball went down with a season-ending ankle injury.


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