Jaylen Brown scored 34 points as the Boston Celtics beat exhaustion Cleveland 111-101 Wednesday night to finish the Cavaliers’ winning streak at six.
It was Brown’s second consecutive game with 30 points or more. Robert Williams III added 21 points, his career record, with 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Jayson Tatum scored 18 points.
Darius Garland led Cleveland with 28 points and Kevin Love with 18. The Cavaliers lacked starters Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen and five other players in the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
Also short-handed, Boston signed 40-year-old Joe Johnson on a 10-day contract on Wednesday. The crowd chanted “We want Joe!” We want Joe! “And broke into loud applause as he stepped off the bench and stepped onto the pitch. He received a huge ovation when he hit a fallaway jumper in the last minute.
The NBA results on Wednesday night
- Cleveland Cavaliers 101-111 Boston Celtics
- Houston Rockets 106-126 Milwaukee Bucks
- Denver Nuggets 94-108 OKC Thunder
- LA Clippers 105-89 Sacramento Kings
- Orlando Magic 104-98 Atlanta Hawks
Holiday, Middleton helps Bucks beat the Rockets
Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and Khris Middleton added 23 on his return from injury, while Milwaukee beat Houston for a two-game skid.
Middleton missed three games with a hyperextended left knee. The two-time All-Star played 28 minutes and had six assists.
The Bucks were missing two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for a fourth straight game as he remains in the NBA’s health and safety protocols alongside teammates Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo.
Milwaukee’s DeMarcus Cousins scored 18 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Nwora added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks.
Wes Matthews also set a season record of 16 points, performing an emotionally charged performance after discovering that his grandmother had died earlier in the evening.
Christian Wood led the Rockets with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Houston also scored 12 points each from Eric Gordon and KJ Martin plus 10 each from Garrison Mathews and Alperen Sengun.
SGA’s 27-point trip dub takes the Thunder beyond the Nuggets
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had his second career triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists to help Oklahoma City beat Denver.
Oklahoma City has had its biggest winning margin this season and improved to 5-3 since a 73-point loss in Memphis on December 2 and Gilgeous-Alexander had a Thunder player’s first triple doubles at home from Russell Westbrook. during 2018-19 season.
Darius Bazley scored 17 points and 11 rebounds, Lu Dort 15 points and rookie Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder.
Nikola Jokic scored 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Nuggets. The reigning league MVP entered the game with an average of 26.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Denver manager Michael Malone said he didn’t like the way the starters played, so he sat them all down for the entire fourth quarter. Austin Rivers’ 12 points led the reserves.
The Clippers beat the Kings and ended the three-game losing streak
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points and Los Angeles held Sacramento at bay.
Paul George scored 17 points, Serge Ibaka added a season-high of 17, including three dunks and 12 points in the fourth quarter, to help the Clippers end a three-game losing streak.
Tyrese Haliburton scored his fourth consecutive double with 22 points and 13 assists, a career-high, for Sacramento. Chimezie Metu added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Wagner’s 25 helps impoverished Magic beat understaffed Hawks
Franz Wagner scored 25 points, Robin Lopez scored 10 points and 11 assists, the career record, and Orlando beat Atlanta.
Cam Reddish finished with a season-high of 36 points and John Collins scored 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. They have lost seven straight home games.
Hawks guard Kevin Huerter was eliminated from the starting lineup after a positive test, joining Lou Williams and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in the protocols. Collins was the only regular in the Atlanta squad. Atlanta was already without top scorer Trae Young, top scorer Clint Capela and reserve forward Danilo Gallinari. Bogdan Bogdanovic returned after missing eight games with a sprained right ankle and scored six points.
Magic Guard Mychal Mulder joined five teammates in protocols. Terrence Ross, Mo Bamba, Moritz Wagner, RJ Hampton and Ignas Brazdeikis were the others. Orlando had only four regulars: Wagner, Gary Harris, Chuma Okeke, and Lopez.