Schröder scores 38 points, Celtics beat 122-113 in OT
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.
WARRIORS 119, BULLS 93
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 40 points with his old college coach from Davidson cheering him on, Draymond Green delivered another all-around effort and Golden State beat Chicago for its seventh straight victory.
Green added nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists after coming into the game questionable with a bruised left thigh. Golden State improved to 11-1, wrapping a franchise-record eight-game homestand.
Curry’s college coach from Davidson, Bob McKillop, got to lead his team through a practice at the Warriors’ facility ahead of a game Saturday at Chase Center against San Francisco.
Zach LaVine scored 23 points for Chicago.
NETS 120, PELICANS 112
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden highlighted a 39-point, 12-assist performance with a game-sealing 27-foot 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and Brooklyn rallied to beat New Orleans after blowing a 21-point lead.
Kevin Durant scored 28 for the Nets, who’ve won seven of their last eight, and Joe Harris scored 24 after opening his night by hitting his first seven shots, including six from 3, to help hand the Pelicans their ninth straight loss.
Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans.
TIMBERWOLVES 107, LAKERS 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 of his 29 points during Minnesota’s dominant third quarter, and the Timberwolves snapped their six-game losing streak with a lopsided victory over Los Angeles.
D’Angelo Russell had 22 points against his former team and Patrick Beverley added 11 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which seized control while outscoring the Lakers 40-12 in the third as the Timberwolves rolled to their first win since Oct. 27.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers dropped to 2-3 with LeBron James sidelined by a strained abdominal muscle.