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NBA Roundup: Celtics Stay Atop East

  • New York Knicks Michael Beasley shoots between Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. Boston won in overtime 110-104. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) beats out Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) for the loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)



Thursday, February 08, 2018

Washington — Kyrie Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in overtime for Boston. The Celtics have won five of six, and remained a game ahead of Toronto in the race for the East’s top playoff seed after the Raptors win over New York earlier Thursday.

Otto Porter had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, and Bradley Beal had 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists.

But as John Wall remains sidelined following knee surgery, the Wizards committed 22 turnovers and shot just 2 for 12 in the overtime period, dropping their second straight game after winning five straight.

Irving went 9 of 10 from the foul line in his second game back from a thigh injury. And after Boston allowed Washington to come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, he tied it from the line in the late seconds on three made foul shots after luring Markieff Morris into a foul on a 3-point attempt.

That was part of 10 straight points for Irving before finding Brown for a layup that made it 105-103 with 2:32 left in overtime.

Brown stretched the lead to five when he hit a contested baseline 3-pointer about a minute later, and the Wizards failed to get within a possession after that.

Notes: The Celtics digned and activated free agent C Greg Monroe, but did not make a trade at the NBA trade deadline. ... Coach Brad Stevens wasn’t surprised. “It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years,” he said. ... Monroe was one of three Celtics players to receive a technical foul in separate incidents, along with F Marcus Morris and G Terry Rozier.

Raptors 113, Knicks 88

Toronto — Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists and Toronto beat New York.

New York played its first game since losing All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a torn left ACL in Tuesday’s loss to Milwaukee.

Serge Ibaka and Jakob Poeltl scored 13 points, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles each had 11, and Fred VanVleet 10 as the Raptors won their fifth straight home meeting with the Knicks.

Michael Beasley scored 21 points for New York.

Magic 100, Hawks 98

Orlando, Fla. — Evan Fournier scored 22 points, D.J. Augustin added 16 points and nine assists, and Orlando held on to beat Atlanta.

Marreese Speights added 14 points and Jonathon Simmons had 13 for the Magic.

Taurean Prince and Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 19 points apiece.