NBA roundup: Kyrie's 2nd triple-double rallies Celtics
Kyrie Irving scored six of his team-high 31 points during a fourth-quarter spurt that allowed the Boston Celtics to build a lead they were able to retain en route to a 126-120 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
After trailing for much of the first three quarters, the Celtics led just
104-103 following a Willie Cauley-Stein dunk for Sacramento with 6:20 to go.
Irving countered immediately with a floater and, after a three-point play by
Marcus Morris, added two jumpers in a 9-0 flurry that opened a 113-103
advantage with 4:33 remaining.
Irving wound up with his second career triple-double, complementing his 31
points with 10 rebounds and a game-high 12 assists. His only previous
triple-double came for Cleveland against Utah in February 2014.
Sacramento's Buddy Hield led all scorers with 34 points, connecting on 6 of 10
3-point attempts. His Kings teammates, however, made just 5 of 24 3-point
Raptors 111, Lakers 98
Norman Powell added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have won
their past nine games against the Lakers dating to 2015. Pascal Siakam scored
16 points, and Marc Gasol contributed 15 points for Toronto.
Pacers 108, Thunder 106
Wesley Matthews' tip-in with 1.8 seconds left lifted Indiana over host
Indiana ended the game on a 23-10 run to finish off a big comeback. Domantas
Sabonis led the Pacers with 26 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23.
Russell Westbrook had a chance to win the game for the Thunder in the last
second, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key hit the front of the rim and
bounced away. Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists
for his second consecutive triple-double, and Paul George finished with a
game-high 36 points.
Magic 120, Cavaliers 91
Aaron Gordon had 21 points as Orlando got a much-needed blowout against
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin had 20 points
and seven assists for the Magic. The win came at an important time for
Orlando, which had dropped four of its last five games.
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 23 points, and Jordan Clarkson added 15
points off the bench.
Jazz 120, Timberwolves 100
Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and dished out six assists to lead Utah past
Minnesota at Salt Lake City.
Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each finished with double-doubles for the Jazz.
Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gobert tallied 10 points and 13 boards.
Jae Crowder added 18 points off the bench.
--Field Level Media