The Celtics got down by 18 in the first half, which has been a very comfortable place for Boston this season. Boston had overcome 18-point deficits against Oklahoma City and Charlotte, a 17-point hole against
The Celtics almost did it again.
Down by 14 midway through the fourth, the unflappable Celtics went on a 13-0 run in just about three minutes — getting to 91-90 when Smart made one of two free throws with 3:14 left.
Waiters decided that was close enough. His three-pointer from the left wing bounced off the rim, then the top of the backboard, before falling to end Miami's scoreless drought. Waiters added another three-pointer over
at Cleveland 119, Brooklyn 109:
James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.
With the Cavalierss up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then made two three-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.
James' solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.
Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade added 18 points apiece for Cleveland. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 20 points for the Nets.
at Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 91:
Golden State won all four meetings last season. The crowd booed Durant nearly every time he touched the ball. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Stephen Curry scored 24 points for the Warriors.
Westbrook's new All-Star teammates came through.
at New Orleans 107, San Antonio 90:
Pau Gasol had 17 points and
Dallas 95, at Memphis 94:
Barnes led the Mavericks with 22 points, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter to help Dallas thwart a late Memphis comeback. Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 17 points, and
at Minnesota 124, Orlando 118: Jimmy Butler tied a season high with 26 points,
Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double, which tied DeMarcus Cousins for the league lead. Aaron Gordon had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Magic.
at Houston 125, Denver 95:
The Rockets have won nine of last 10 games, and beat Denver for the fifth straight time after sweeping the series 4-0 last season.
at New York 108, Toronto 100:
Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the
at Philadelphia 101, Portland 81: Joel Embiid had 28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks and fast-starting 76ers handled the
Coming off a 21-point victory over Utah on Monday night, the 76ers scored the game's first 16 points and held a double-digit lead most of the way.
at Charlotte 129, Washington 124: