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Al Hor­ford’s fol­low shot with 1.3 sec­onds left gave the Bos­ton Celtics a 94-92 vic­tory over the Detroit Pis­tons on Satur­day night. Isa­iah Thomas had 24 points and eight as­sists for Bos­ton, while Hor­ford added 18 points and 11 re­bounds. Marcus Mor­ris led Detroit with 24 points and An­dre Drum­mond had 20 points and 17 re­bounds. The Pis­tons be­came the last NBA team to lose at home. Af­ter To­bias Har­ris tied the game with a 3-pointer, Jae Crow­der missed a base­line 3 and Marcus Smart missed a tip-in, but Hor­ford got to the ball and his tip dropped. Hor­ford then blocked Aron Baynes’ jumper at the buzzer.


Kevin Du­rant scored 33 points, Klay Thomp­son had 25 of his 29 in the sec­ond half, and Golden State held on to beat Mil­wau­kee for its sev­enth straight vic­tory. The War­riors led by as much as 14 be­fore Jabari Parker and Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo led a 13-4 run in the fourth quar­ter that cut it to 122120 with about 2 1/2 min­utes left on Parker’s three-point play. Rowdy Bucks fans had de­signs of an up­set of Golden State at the Bradley Cen­ter, just like last sea­son. The teams ex­changed empty pos­ses­sions be­fore Dray­mond Green’s sparkling de­fen­sive ef­fort with 10 sec­onds left. Green tipped away an in­bounds pass in­tended for An­te­tok­oun­mpo, with Thomp­son get­ting fouled af­ter se­cur­ing the loose ball. Thomp­son hit both free throws with 8 sec­onds left for a four-point lead. An­te­tok­oun­mpo fin­ished with 30 points, while Parker had 28.


Blake Grif­fin had 26 points and 13 re­bounds, Chris Paul added 19 points and Los An­ge­les ral­lied in the fourth quar­ter to snap Chicago’s four-game win­ning streak. Mau­rice Speights scored 11 of his sea­son­high 16 points in the fourth for the Clip­pers, whose only two losses have come at home to Ok­la­homa City and Mem­phis. Speights’ biggest as­sist came with 49 sec­onds left. Ja­mal Craw­ford missed a 3-pointer and Speights got the re­bound. He fed Craw­ford for a driv­ing re­verse layup that re­stored the Clip­pers’ lead to five points. Dwyane Wade led Chicago with 28 points, hit­ting five 3-point­ers. Jimmy But­ler added 22 points, mak­ing 11 of 12 free throws.

ROCK­ETS 111, JAZZ 102

James Har­den had 31 points and 10 as­sists to lead Hous­ton over Utah. Eric Gor­don added 20 points and fel­low re­serve Nene added a sea­son-high 16 as the Rock­ets won for the third time in their last four games and im­proved to 4-1 at home. The in­jury-plagued Jazz dropped their third straight game fol­low­ing a 6-2 start to Novem­ber. Be­sides Gor­don Hay­ward, the four other Jazz starters had a com­bined seven years of NBA ex­pe­ri­ence. Rod­ney Hood led Utah with 25 points and Trey Lyles had 21. Rudy Gobert added 12 points, 14 re­bounds and four blocks.

Har­den shook de­fender Dante Exum and buried a 3-pointer with less than a minute re­main­ing to give Hous­ton an 11-point lead and put away the game for good.

76ERS 120, SUNS 105

Joel Em­biid scored a ca­reer-high 26 points in 20 min­utes, and Philadel­phia routed Phoenix for its most con­vinc­ing win of the sea­son. Nik Stauskas added a sea­son-high 21 points on 8-for-9 shoot­ing for the Six­ers, who have split their last six games af­ter start­ing the sea­son with seven straight losses. Ser­gio Ro­driguez had eight points, 11 as­sists and eight re­bounds. Eric Bled­soe led Phoenix (4-10) with 27 points. The Suns have lost three of their first four on their cur­rent sixgame road trip.


An­thony Davis had 38 points and 16 re­bounds, Jrue Hol­i­day added 22 points and nine as­sists, and New Or­leans beat Char­lotte in over­time for its sec­ond straight win. New Or­leans (4-10), which hadn’t won back-to-back games all sea­son, over­came a 14-point, fourth-quar­ter deficit and found un­likely bench scor­ing from guard Langston Gal­loway to keep Char­lotte (8-4) from ty­ing its best fran­chise start through 12 games. Gal­loway fin­ished with 23 points, in­clud­ing 18 in the fourth quar­ter. Kemba Walker led the Hor­nets with 25 points, while Marco Be­linelli added 22 points and 10 re­bounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 points and 12 re­bounds for Char­lotte.

HEAT 114, WIZ­ARDS 111

Go­ran Dragic scored 22 points, Has­san White­side added 18 and 18 re­bounds and Mi­ami held on to beat Wash­ing­ton. James John­son had 17 points off the bench for Mi­ami, which scored its most points in a game this sea­son and got its first back-to-back wins. Dion Wait­ers scored 16 points to help the Heat to­tal six play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures in their first road vic­tory since their sea­son opener at Or­lando. Bradley Beal scored a sea­son-high 34 points for Wash­ing­ton in his sec­ond game back from a ham­string in­jury. John Wall also hit a sea­son high with 34 points and Marcin Gor­tat scored 10 along with 16 re­bounds. No other Wiz­ards hit dou­ble fig­ures on a night Wash­ing­ton lost start­ing for­ward Marki­eff Mor­ris to a sprained right an­kle in the sec­ond quar­ter.


Jamy­chal Green had 19 points and eight re­bounds, Zach Ran­dolph added 18 points and seven boards, and Mem­phis clamped down on de­fense to beat Min­nesota. The Timberwolves had their worst of­fen­sive per­for­mance of the sea­son with sea­son lows in points scored and shoot­ing per­cent­age (39.1 per­cent) Mike Con­ley and An­drew Har­ri­son added 13 points apiece for Mem­phis, which won its fourth straight. James En­nis fin­ished with 11 points. Zach LaVine led the Timberwolves with 22 points, pro­vid­ing a third-quar­ter push when Min­nesota tied the game. Karl An­thony Towns scored 17 points and Gorgui Dieng had nine points and 11 re­bounds for Min­nesota, which lost its sec­ond straight. An­drew Wiggins, Min­nesota’s lead­ing scorer at 27.4 points, was limited to seven points and missed nine of his 11 shots.


D.J. Au­gustin scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 15 points and nine re­bounds and Or­lando beat short-handed Dal­las. In a game that was close through­out, the Magic pulled away late in the fourth quar­ter. Evan Fournier came through with a 3-pointer and Nikola Vuce­vic hit two free throws with 1:38 re­main­ing to put it away. The game was tied eight times and the lead changed six times on the night. The Mav­er­icks, who were play­ing with­out Dirk Now­itzki, Devin Har­ris and Deron Wil­liams, played ef­fi­cient at times and was able to hold brief leads. Rookie Jonathan Gib­son, who signed as a free agent Fri­day, led the Mav­er­icks with 26 points. Gib­son con­verted 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 9 from 3-point range.

MICHI­GAN: Bos­ton Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) shoots against the Detroit Pis­tons dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Satur­day. Bos­ton won 94-92. —AP

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