Tatum, Smart propel Celtics
Jayson Tatum had 39 points and the host Celtics pulled away from the Clippers in the second overtime to win 141-133 on Thursday night.
Marcus Smart added 31 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine rebounds. Tatum and Smart combined for 16 of the Celtics’ 27 points in the overtime periods.
The Clippers played most of the game without Paul George, who left in the second quarter with a left hamstring strain. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 35 points.
Before the game, the league fined George $35,000, two days after he was critical of the officiating after his team lost to the 76ers.
Gallinari leads Thunder: Danilo Gallinari scored 29 points, Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Thunder beat the host Pelicans 123-118.
Zion Williamson scored 32 points for the Pelicans, but Gallinari’s clutch shooting — he had 11 points in the fourth quarter — kept the Pelicans at bay.
LeBron, Davis power Lakers: LeBron James posted a triple-double and Anthony Davis scored seven of his 33 points in OTto push the Lakers past the Nuggets 120-116 in Denver. James had 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds as the Lakers headed into the All-Star break with a four-game lead over second-place Nuggets in the West.