Jayson Tatum, Celtics spoil LeBron James Lakers’ return

Jayson Tatum scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles 130-108 on Friday night to spoil LeBron James’ return to the Lakers lineup.

Marcus Smart had 22 points and Dennis Schroder 21 to help Boston climb back to .500 at 8-9. Al Horford added 18 points and Tatum took 11 rebounds.

Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 31 points and James had 23 in 32 minutes. They each had six rebounds and two assists.

James missed eight games with abdominal strain, and the Lakers went 3-5 as he was sidelined. They have lost their last four road games.


PHOENIX (AP) – Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists and Phoenix beat Dallas for their 11th consecutive victory.

The Suns’ winning streak is the longest since the 2006-07 season – and the latest win followed a familiar pattern. Phoenix was just average for the first three quarters before playing his best basketball in the final 12 minutes.

Phoenix struggled at times with turnovers, but made up for it with 14 of 29 3-pointers. Bridges was 7 of 7 in the field, 3 of 3 of 3 s.

Dallas has lost eight straight games to the Suns. Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavs with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. were 18 each.

The teams met for the second time in three nights. The Suns won 105-98 Wednesday night.


DETROIT (AP) – Jordan Poole stepped up in Stephen Curry’s absence to score 22 of his season-high 32 points in the first half, Andrew Wiggins scored 27 and Golden State beat Detroit .

Golden State started the fourth quarter with a 16-point lead and held on after Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson of Detroit missed 3 points in the dying seconds.

The NBA-leading Warriors dropped Curry with a bruised hip one night after collecting 20 of his 40 points in a fourth-quarter comeback victory in Cleveland. They were also deprived of Draymond Green because of a bruised thigh.

Overall No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham of Detroit had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jackson scored 27 points, a season high.


MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists and Milwaukee resisted Oklahoma City’s comeback attempt.

Milwaukee never lagged but nearly brought Oklahoma City back from a 20-point deficit.

Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Khris Middleton added 16 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 17 points.

NETS 115, MAGIC 113

NEW YORK (AP) – James Harden had 36 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Brooklyn overcame a 19-point deficit and Kevin Durant’s absence to beat Orlando.

Durant did not play due to a sprained right shoulder.

Harden was 19 for 20 from the free throw line. Patty Mills added 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Jalen Suggs scored 21 points for the Magic.


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – LaMelo Ball recorded 32 points, a season-high, along with 11 rebounds and eight assists and Charlotte held off Indiana for her fifth straight win.

Gordon Hayward added 25 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 16 to finish a 4-0 home game that included wins over Golden State and Washington.

Jeremy Lamb had 23 points for Indiana and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points. The Pacers lost all three of their games on a trip to drop to 2-9 overall.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 13 rebounds and New Orleans overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to beat Los Angeles.

After challenging the Pelicans to “grow up” after exploding double-digit leads to Washington and Miami earlier this week, Josh Hart had 19 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Brandon Ingram had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Kira Lewis Jr. added 16 points to help New Orleans win for the third time in 17 games this season.

Los Angeles star Paul George scored 19 points but missed five of six shots in the fourth quarter as the Pelicans pulled away. The Clippers have lost three of four.


DENVER (AP) – Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 36 points in a pivotal fourth quarter streak, DeMar DeRozan had eight straight free throws and Chicago won in Denver for the first time since 2006, beating a Nuggets team without the Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic.

Jokic sat by the side of the court in a beige suit with a dark turtleneck, his right wrist sprained in a brace. He appeared to have injured his wrist Thursday night in an unbalanced loss to Philadelphia.

DeRozan finished 26 points, including a 12-for-12 performance on the line.

Aaron Gordon had 28 points, a season high, for the Nuggets. They have lost three games in a row.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Pascal Siakam scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the first half and Toronto beat Sacramento.

Gary Trent Jr. had 23 points to help the Raptors end a three-game skid and win for the second time in eight games. De’Aaron Fox scored 17 points for Sacramento.

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