LOS ANGELES, Jan 3 — Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 50 points and the Boston Celtics wanted all of them in a 116-111 NBA extra time victory over the Orlando Magic on (*50*).
Brown scored 21 points within the fourth quarter, serving to the Celtics rally from 14 down with 4:20 left in regulation.
He opened extra time along with his fifth three-pointer of the competition, including 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a blocked shot.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to be aggressive your entire time,” mentioned Brown, whose earlier career-high was 46 towards the New York Knicks on October 20. “My teammates inspired me to take the photographs. I really feel like I took some attractiveness they usually went down tonight.”
Brown’s layup with 38 seconds left in regulation knotted the rating at 98-98.
He scored once more to put Boston up 100-98 with 30 seconds left, however Tim Frazier scored for Orlando to power extra time.
Boston had led 45-42 at halftime after main by as many as 14 earlier than the break.
But the Magic surged within the second half, outscoring Boston 35-20 within the third quarter to take a 77-65 lead into the ultimate body.
Marcus Smart added 17 points, seven assists and 7 rebounds for Boston and Dennis Schroder scored 21.
Both groups had been lacking their main scorers. Orlando’s Cole Anthony was sidelined by a sprained proper ankle and Boston’s Jayson Tatum missed a fourth straight recreation due to Covid-19 issues.
Suns sting Hornets
The Phoenix Suns, making an attempt to maintain tempo with the Golden State Warriors atop the Western Conference regardless of having 4 gamers and coach Monty Williams in Covid protocols, thrashed the Hornets in Charlotte 133-99.
Devin Booker scored 24 points and Jalen Smith tied his career-high with 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns improved to 28-8 — half a recreation behind the Warriors for the very best file within the league.
Phoenix, who had misplaced three of their earlier 4 video games, drained 17 three-pointers and outrebounded the Hornets 52-35.
LeBron James cooled off a bit in Los Angeles, scoring a comparatively modest 26 points within the Lakers’ 108-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James’s streak of seven straight video games of 30 points or extra — together with a 43-point outburst in a New Year’s Eve win — ended. So did Russell Westbrook’s run of 4 successive triple-doubles.
But Malik Monk contributed 22 points, Westbrook chipped in 20 and Avery Bradley and Carmelo Anthony scored 14 apiece to assist the Lakers maintain on for the win.
Naz Reid led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 11 rebounds, however Minnesota couldn’t handle a 3rd win in as many conferences with the Lakers this season.
Doncic again for Dallas
Dallas star Luka Doncic, coming back from a 10-game absence, got here up simply shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds within the Mavericks’ 95-86 victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
Doncic missed 5 video games with an ankle damage, then missed 5 extra over Covid.
“My chest was burning,” mentioned Doncic, who performed 31 minutes in his return. “It was a bizarre feeling, however completely satisfied. Very completely satisfied.”
Oklahoma City rookie Josh Giddey, again after three video games in Covid protocols, grew to become the youngest NBA participant to put up a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.
Giddey, at 19 years, two months and 23 days outdated surpassed LaMelo Ball as the youngest participant with a triple-double and got here up with 4 steals as properly.
Elsewhere, rookie Evan Mobley scored 24 points and All-Star Kevin Love added 20 to assist the Cleveland Cavaliers finish a three-game skid with a 108-104 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
“It feels good simply to be again within the win column,” mentioned Love, who famous the Cavs had felt an “emotional hangover” in dropping guard Ricky Rubio to a season-ending knee damage final week.
Jarrett Allen added 18 points and Lamar Stevens chipped in 15 for the Cavs, who trailed 84-73. — eNM