Celtics roll over ‘Wolves again, Blazers surprise Spurs
AL Horford delivered 20 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics continued their domination over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 117-104 win on Wednesday.
Boston won theirs 10th game in the last 11 thanks to a 21-6 run bridging the halves, a complete game by Horford and a stellar Isaiah Thomas performance.
Horford just missed his second career triple double as he also had eight assists.
“We needed (Horford) to be locked in tonight because (Karl-Anthony) Towns is a real talented guy. So Al had that assignment on the other end for a lot of the game ,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
It marked the 11th consecutive win for the Celtics over Minneso- ta at the Boston Garden arena.
Elsewhere, Damian Lillard scored 36 points, including four free-throws in the final five seconds, as the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the San Antonio Spurs 110-106.
“Look, we laid an egg (in New Orleans) — it was our worst loss of the year. And then, tonight, we have our best win of the year,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
In Houston, Lou Williams scored 30 points off the bench against his former team and James Harden recorded his 17th triple-double on the season as the Houston Rockets crushed the hapless Los Angeles Lakers 139-100.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said his players need to stop blaming each other.
“We need to figure out as a group, not individually, but as a group how to handle adversity and how to react when things get tough,” Walton said.
In Los Angeles, Khris Middle-
ton and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points apiece, and Milwaukee ended an eight-game losing skid at Staples Centre with a 97-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
RESULTS: Milwaukee 97 LA Clippers 96, Sacramento 107 Phoenix 101, Memphis 98 Chicago 91, Houston 139 LA Lakers 100, Portland 110 San Antonio 106, Boston 117 Minnesota 104, Miami 120 New Orleans 112, Utah 97 Detroit 83, Dallas 112 Washington 107, Indiana 98 Charlotte 77. AFP
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