Celtics Roll Past Knicks
BOSTON (Dispatches) - Kyrie Irving scored 22 points before leaving the game in the final minutes nursing his right shoulder, Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the New York Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night.
Jaylen Brown returned after missing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a season-high 21 points.
Jayson Tatum added 17 for Boston, which won its fourth straight game and exacted a bit of revenge for a Nov. 21 loss to the Knicks.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games.
Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Noah Vonleh had 12 and 10.
The Celtics scored the first three baskets of the game and never trailed.
They led by eight after one, by 11 after two and by 15 points after scoring eight straight to make it 97-82 near the end of the third quarter.
Irving started rubbing his right shoulder and swinging it around while grimacing in pain with about four minutes left in the game.
He raised his hand for Coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his attention.
He walked to the bench at the next whistle. The shoulder was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game.
Aron Baynes limped off in the last two minutes of the first quarter. The team said he had a left ankle injury and he did not return. Meanwhile Derrick Favors recorded a double-double off the bench, and Joe Ingles helped shoulder the early load on offense as the Utah Jazz continued their strong play with a 118-91 demolition of the Houston Rockets on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Favors finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes while Ingles totaled 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Utah has won five of its past seven games while Houston has dropped six of its past eight.
The Jazz lost starting center Rudy Gobert to an ejection at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter and received only six points from Donovan Mitchell yet coasted to victory against the listless Rockets, leading by as many as 37 points.
James Harden paced the Rockets with 15 points but shot 5 of 16 from the floor and recorded seven turnovers. Chris Paul had five turnovers and five assists to go along with his 12 points, and Clint Capela added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
Trail Blazers 108, Suns 86
Damian Lillard scored 25 points and dished out eight assists despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter as Portland rolled past visiting Phoenix.
Jake Layman came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting and grab seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Troy Daniels scored 15 points for Phoenix, which has lost seven in a row. Josh Jackson had 14 points, and Deandre Ayton added 11 points and eight boards for the Suns.