Indiana Pacers 112-118 Boston Celtics
Boston got a much-needed victory over the Pacers 118-112 in TD Garden green, with an inspired Kemba Walker, who chipped in 32 points. Daniel Theis accompanied him with 17, while Jayson Tatum only converted 9 units.
Houston Rockets 111-122 Toronto Raptors
The Raptors remain irregular, but they were able to account for the Rockets in the second game of the day on Friday in the NBA. Powell, VanVleet and Lowry broke it for the Canadians with 30, 25 and 20 points respectively.
Sacramento Kings 110-107 Detroit Pistons
Sacramento beat Detroit fairly, in an erratic game for both in which Jerami Grant stood out again (30 points).
Phoenix Suns 106-97 Chicago Bulls
If there is a surprise this season it is Phoenix and in their last meeting they defeated some also young Bulls. DeAndre Ayton and Devin Booker were the Suns scorers with 22 points each.
Los Angeles Clippers 119-99 Memphis Grizzlies
The Clippers remain at the top of the West and their last victory was against the visiting Grizzlies. Kawhi Leonard broke it with 30 points, followed by Lou Williams, who joined him in scoring with 17.
Utah Jazz 116-124 Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler was the executioner who finally cut off the Jazz’s head, taking a valuable victory in the Florida heat. The Heat veteran had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Atlanta Hawks 109-118 Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma gave another surprise with a win against the Hawks of Trae Young and company. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the standout figure with 24 points, while John Collins contributed 25 for the losers.
Portland Trail Blazers 93-102 Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers needed a victory and they got it against the Blazers at the Staples Center, led by LeBron James, author of 28 points. In Schroder’s return, the German guard was important with 22 points.
Charlotte Hornets 121-130 Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry and Kelly Oubre set themselves on fire to lead the Warriors down their dream path with 29 and 27 points respectively. Malik Monk and Terry Rozier were the highlights of the losers with 25 and 24 points.