×

NBA Roundup: Thomas Power Celtics

  • Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the first quarter in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, left, sets to drive to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the first quarter of a basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Washington Wizards guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) loses the ball as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) rips it from his grip on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. The Celtics defeated the Wizards 110-102. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) dunks against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to an official's call during the first quarter of a basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, right, goes airborne as he is tripped up by Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, as they battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. The Celtics defeated the Wizards 110-102. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, right, looks to pass as he is blocked by Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the first quarter in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Boston — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup on Monday night between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Avery Bradley added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jae Crowder and Al Horford each scored 16 with nine boards for Boston, which moved 2½ games ahead of the Wizards for second place in the East. The Celtics trail first-place Cleveland by two games.

Warriors 111, Thunder 95

Oklahoma City — Klay Thompson scored 34 points to help Golden State beat Oklahoma City in a heated matchup filled with trash talking, physical play and technical fouls.

It was Golden State’s second visit to Oklahoma City since former Thunder star Kevin Durant signed a free agent contract with the rival Warriors last summer. Durant has been out since February with a left knee injury and sat on the bench with his team.

Rockets 125, Nuggets 124

Houston — James Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift Houston over Denver.

Harden had 39 points, 11 assists and was three rebounds shy of his 20th triple-double of the season. Houston outlasted Denver in a duel between the second- and third-highest scoring teams in the NBA.

Pacers 107, Jazz 100

Indianapolis — Jeff Teague scored 21 points, Paul George added 19 and Indiana beat Utah.

Indiana continued its trend of following a loss with a win — failing to do either in consecutive games since Feb. 16. The win helped the Pacers maintain the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Hornets 105, Hawks 90

Charlotte, n.c. — Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and Charlotte handed slumping Atlanta its fourth straight loss.

The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.

Magic 112, Sixers 109 (ot)

Orlando, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and Orlando beat Philadelphia in overtime.

Orlando overcame a 17-point second-half deficit. Fournier led the way in OT with eight points, and Terrence Ross had four points in the extra session.

The Magic also beat Phoenix on Friday and have consecutive wins for the first time since December.

Ross gave the Magic a 106-104 lead on a jumper with 34.7 seconds left in overtime and hit two free throws with 17.4 seconds remaining. Fournier and Jodie Meeks then put the game away with four straight free throws.

Richaun Holmes and Robert Covington led the 76ers with 24 points each.