BACK FROM IN­JURY, THOMAS SCORES 25 IN CELTICS’ WIN

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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.

MON­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

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.

FOOT­NOTE

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.

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