BACK FROM INJURY, THOMAS SCORES 25 IN CELTICS’ WIN
boston» Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Wizards in another testy matchup Monday night between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Avery Bradley added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jae Crowder and Al Horford each scored 16 with nine boards for Boston, which moved 2½ games ahead of the Wizards for second place in the East. The Celtics trail first-place Cleveland by two games.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 19 points, and John Wall had 16 points with eight assists.
Klay Thompson scored 34 points to help the Warriors beat the Thunder 111-95 in a heated matchup filled with trash talking, physical play and technical fouls. It was Golden State’s second visit to Oklahoma City since former Thunder star Kevin Durant signed a free-agent contract with the rival Warriors last summer. Durant has been out since February with a left knee injury and sat on the bench with his team. Even with Durant out, the negative energy from the first meeting was still there. Stephen Curry exchanged shoves with Oklahoma City’s Semaj Christon just before halftime, and both were issued technical fouls. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Golden State’s Draymond Green also got technical for their roles in the skirmish. The Warriors controlled the game, leading by as many as 27 points. … Jeff Teague scored 21 points, Paul George added 19 and the Pacers beat the Jazz 107-100. Former Butler star Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with a career-high 38 points. … Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Hornets handed the slumping Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90. … Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Magic beat the 76ers 112-109 in overtime.
Two games in China get dates. The Warriors and Timberwolves will play two preseason games in China in October. The league said the games will be in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and Shanghai on Oct. 8 as part of the NBA’s Global Games China series.