Kyrie Irving had 25 points, six rebounds and five assists as Boston built a large cushion and cruised to a 109-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at TD Garden. Terry Rozier scored 15 points and Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris added 13 apiece for the Celtics. Daniel Theis added 12 points as Boston built a 26-point halftime lead en route to its third straight win following a three-game slide.
The Toronto Raptors' strength is the Detroit Pistons' weakness — the bench. The Raptors' reserves have made a big difference for the leaders of the Eastern Conference, who will play the Pistons Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. The Pistons' reserves, meanwhile, continued to struggle Sunday in a 114-98 loss to the Hornets in Charlotte.
Golden State Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia has a reputation for being a dirty player, and he added to it on Saturday night with the Oklahoma City Thunder in town. Late in the third quarter with Golden State ahead 75-66, the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook drove toward the basket and missed a shot. The ball caromed toward him, but Golden State’s Nick Young was able to fend off Westbrook for the rebound.
The Celtics are back from the break and appear to be back on track. Kyrie Irving had 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading Boston over the New York Knicks 121-112 on Saturday for its second victory in two nights since the All-Star break. ''Certainly we can build off of that but we're not in it for two games, we're in it for the last 23,'' coach Brad Stevens said.
Kyrie Irving never shies away from playing under the bright lights of New York City. Irving put on another brilliant show for the fans in basketball's Mecca with 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Boston Celtics past the New York Knicks 121-112 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The first-year Celtic has made lasting memories at the world-famous venue, including his then-career-high 41-point performance against the Knicks while wearing a protective face mask with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012.
Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic starred for the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets respectively in the NBA on Friday. Davis had 45 points, 17 rebounds, five steals and five blocks in the Pelicans' 124-123 overtime win over the Heat. He is the first
The Milwaukee Bucks turned the tables on Eastern Conference leaders Toronto on Friday, winning 122-119 in overtime to snap the Raptors' seven-game NBA winning streak. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Bucks. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas slammed down a dunk at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Daniel Theis did his part to add to Germany's big day. The Boston rookie scored a career-high 19 points to lift the Celtics to a 110-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Afterward, Theis tried to bring some attention to a surprising Olympic victory for his native country.
Daniel Theis scored a career-high 19 points and the Boston Celtics used a strong effort from its bench to snap a three-game losing streak, topping the Detroit Pistons 110-98 on Friday night. Theis was one of four Boston reserves to reach double figures. Marcus Morris had 15 points, Marcus Smart tossed in 12 and Terry Rozier chipped in 11 as the Celtics bench outscored its counterparts 65-21.
Everything seemed to be going the Cleveland Cavaliers’ way last Tuesday. The Cavs had just rebuilt their failing team on the fly and seamlessly integrated their new additions, stomping the Boston Celtics and outclassing the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I think the worst thing right now is us going into this break,” James told TNT’s Dennis Scott after the win over the Thunder.