The Washington Post
Quickley lifts New York to ninth straight victory
Immanuel Quickley scored a career-high 38 points, playing 55 minutes in place of injured starter Jalen Brunson, and the visiting New York Knicks outlasted the Boston Celtics, 131-129, in two overtimes Sunday night for their season-high ninth straight victory.
Quickley had seven points in the second overtime and added eight rebounds and seven assists with Brunson sidelined because of soreness in his left foot.
Julius Randle had 31 points and nine rebounds and RJ Barrett finished with 29 points and 11 boards for the Knicks, who held on when Boston’s Al Horford front-rimmed a three-pointer from the right corner just before the final buzzer.
Jayson Tatum led Boston with 40 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Jaylen Brown scored 29 points, and Horford finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Celtics were also missing a couple of key players in starting center Robert Williams III (left hamstring tightness) and reserve guard Malcolm Brogdon (right ankle soreness).
SUNS 130, MAVERICKS
126: Kevin Durant scored 37 points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 11 seconds to go, to lift visiting Phoenix.
The first meeting between Durant and Dallas’s Kyrie Irving since they were traded by Brooklyn before the deadline last month was even when Durant pulled up over Tim Hardaway Jr. and Irving for the lead.
Luka Doncic had 34 points for Dallas, but his point-blank shot for a tie rimmed out before he fouled Durant after the rebound with 3.5 seconds remaining.
LAKERS 113, WARRIORS
105: Anthony Davis scored 39 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles held on for a victory at home despite Stephen Curry’s 27 points.
The Lakers led most of the game, but a three-pointer by Golden State’s Anthony Lamb tied it at 91 with 5:37 remaining. Los Angeles ran off seven straight points and went up 103-95 before threepointers by Klay Thompson and Curry made it a two-point game with 1:46 remaining. That was as close as the Warriors would get.
PACERS 125, BULLS 122: In Chicago, Tyrese Haliburton scored 29 points, including a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left after Zach Lavine missed a free throw that would have given the Bulls the lead with 22.6 seconds remaining.
Lavine, who scored 42 points, was fouled on a three-point attempt by Bennedict Mathurin and converted the first two free throw tries.
TRAIL BLAZERS 122,
MAGIC 119: Damian Lillard scored eight of his 41 points from the foul line in the final three minutes for visiting Portland.
Jerami Grant added 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Blazers.
Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 26 points.
NETS 102, HORNETS 86:
Mikal Bridges went 9 for 9 in a 19-point first quarter, finishing with 33 for host Brooklyn.
Two nights after coming from 28 down to beat Boston in the biggest comeback in the NBA this season, the Nets led by as much as 37 after the highest-scoring quarter of Bridges’ career.
Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 points and Mark Williams added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets.
THUNDER 129, JAZZ 119:
Shai Gilgeous-alexander had 38 points and seven rebounds in his return from a five-game absence as the host Thunder led all the way.
Rookie Jalen Williams added a career-high 32 points on 12-for-15 shooting and Josh Giddey just missed a triple-double with 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Oklahoma City.
ROCKETS 142, SPURS 110: Jalen Green scored 31 points, and Houston beat visiting San Antonio in a matchup of the Western Conference’s worst teams.