Celtics rally from 32 down, beat Spurs 143-140 in overtime

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BOSTON — Jaylen Brown hit a 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 60 points and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 32-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 143-140 on Friday night.

Tatum, whose previous career best was 53 points scored against Minnesota on April 9, scored 21 in the fourth quarter, then added 10 in the overtime to cap the improbable comeback with a pair of free throws that sealed it with four seconds remaining.

Brown finished with 17 points, Marcus Smart had 10 points and 12 assists, and Aaron Nesmith had 16 points and six rebounds for Boston.

DeMar DeRozan had 30 points and 14 assists for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker IV finished with 24 points each, and Jakob Poeltl finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

TRAIL BLAZERS 128, NETS 109

NEW YORK (AP) — Damian Lillard had 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Portland beat Brooklyn to remain unbeaten halfway through an important road trip.

Lillard scored 22 points in the second half as the Blazers broke away late in the third quarter to snap the Nets’ four-game winning streak.

Jusuf Nurkic added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who are 3-0 on their trip as they try to fight their way out of seventh place in the Western Conference and avoid having to appear in the play-in tournament.

Kyrie Irving had 28 points for the Nets, who rested Kevin Durant.

76ERS 126, HAWKS 104

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris each scored 18 points to lead Philadelphia over Atlanta.

Dwight Howard had a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who routed the Hawks for the second straight game.

Trae Young scored 32 points in his return after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury, and Clint Capela had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta. The Hawks stayed in fifth place in the East.

WIZARDS 122, CAVALIERS 93

CLEVELAND (AP) — Russell Westbrook posted his 31st triple-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and Washington continued its post-season push with a rout of Cleveland.

It was Westbrook’s 177th career triple-double, moving him within four of Oscar Robertson’s NBA record. He also tied Wilt Chamberlain (1967-1968) for the fourth-most triple-doubles in a season, a list that Westbrook leads with 42 in 2016-2017.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points on 8-for-24 shooting, and Raul Neto had 17 points for Washington.

Collin Sexton scored 22 points but had a career-high eight turnovers for Cleveland in his return from a three-game absence with a concussion. Cedi Osman had 14 points and Darius Garland had 12 before leaving with a left ankle injury in the third quarter.

GRIZZLIES 92, MAGIC 75

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 20 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis beat Orlando.

Kyle Anderson contributed 13 points for the Grizzlies, who shot 34.3% from the field but snapped a two-game losing streak.

Cole Anthony and Mo Bamba led the short-handed Magic with 15 points each. Bamba also had 11 rebounds. R.J. Hampton finished with 11 points for Orlando, which shot 31.4% and fell even with idle Detroit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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