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BOSTON (AP) — Dennis Schröder scored a season-high 38 points — eight in overtime — and the Boston Celtics took advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 122-113 on Friday night.
Jayson Tatum scored 27 with 11 rebounds for Boston, which has won four of five since opening the season 2-5.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP, Antetokounmpo was scratched about 90 minutes before the game with a right ankle sprain.
Jrue Holiday had 17 points and 13 assists, and Bobby Portis scored 22 for the defending NBA champion Bucks. Grayson Allen scored 21, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the final 73 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.
Robert Williams III had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart scored 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter, when the Celtics turned a four-point deficit into a seven-point lead.
THUNDER 105, KINGS 103
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lu Dort stole the ball from De’Aaron Fox, then drove and made a layup with 1.7 seconds left to lift Oklahoma City past Sacramento.
Sacramento’s Buddy Hield, the former University of Oklahoma star, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it for the Kings.
The Thunder overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half to win their fourth straight game. Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 22 points and Darius Bazley added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Richaun Holmes added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. They who have lost four straight.
SUNS 119, GRIZZLIES 94
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Devin Booker and Jae Crowder scored 17 points each, Chris Paul added 15 points and 12 assists and Phoenix dominated Memphis for its seventh straight victory.
Mikal Bridges had 13 points as the defending Western Conference champion Suns controlled the game throughout, never trailing. Phoenix held a double-digit lead from the late stages of the first quarter through the end of the game.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 19 points. The Grizzlies shot 38%, making only 7 of 33 3-point attempts.
HORNETS 104, KNICKS 96
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges scored 24 points, point guard LaMelo Ball had a career-high 17 rebounds to go with 12 points and nine assists and Charlotte Hornets overcame a early 16-point deficit to beat New York.
Gordon Hayward added 22 points and seven assists, and Terry Rozier had 18 points.
Kemba Walker broke out of his shooting slump against his former team, scoring 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting for the Knicks. They have lost five of seven.
TRAIL BLAZERS 104, ROCKETS 92
HOUSTON (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 20 points, CJ McCollum added 17 and Portland cruised past Houston for its first road victory of the season.
Portland is 1-6 on the road and 5-1 at home. The Rockets are the league’s only winless team on the road at 0-7. They are an NBA-worst 1-11.
Kevin Porter Jr. led the Rockets with 18 points.
MAVERICKS 123, SPURS 109
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had a season-high 32 points, Luka Doncic had 32 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds and Dallas routed San Antonio.
Dallas clinched the season series against its intrastate rival with its third consecutive win over San Antonio in the season’s first 12 games.
Devin Vassell had 20 points for San Antonio.
CAVALIERS 98, PISTONS 78
CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Garland tied his season high with 21 points and rookie power forward Evan Mobley had 16 points and seven rebounds, leading Cleveland past Detroit.
Cleveland has won five of six to improve to 8-5.
Jeremi Grant scored 16 points for Detroit. The Pistons were held to a season low in points, committed 23 turnovers and have the worst record in the East at 2-9.
The Associated Press