THOMAS LEADS BOSTON TO WIN
indianapolis» Isaiah Thomas had 28 points and nine assists, helping the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-102 on Thursday night.
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each scored 15 points for the Celtics, who have won four in a row. Marcus Smart had 12 points, and Amir Johnson and Kelly Olnyk finished with 11 apiece.
Boston outscored Indiana 29-9 in the second quarter, turning a ninepoint deficit into a 51-40 halftime lead. The Pacers pulled within four late in the game, but were unable to catch the Celtics down the stretch.
Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Warriors turned an ugly start into an easy finish in a 117-101 victory over the Nets. … Derrick Rose scored 19 points, Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the Knicks beat the Magic 106-95. … Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside each finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Heat rallied from 19 points down to beat the Lakers 115-107.
Heat retires Shaq’s jersey. Thursday was a night to celebrate Shaquille O’Neal at the arena he called home for parts of four seasons. The Heat raised O’Neal’s No. 32 to the rafters, a distinction the team has only previously awarded to Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway.