Fox, Hield Lead Kings Over Lakers 141-137 In Triple OT – CBS Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 34 points, Buddy Hield had 13 of his 25 after regulation and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime Friday night.

In a game that saw 19 ties and 23 lead changes, the Lakers led 126-124 a minute into the third overtime when the Kings went on an 11-2 run to go up by seven with 1:54 remaining. Marvin Bagley III had five points during the spurt, including a three-point play to give Sacramento the lead.

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Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds remaining to get the Lakers within a basket, but Hield sank a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to put it away.

Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points for the Kings, who had seven players in double figures. They are 2-1 under interim coach Alvin Gentry.

The Lakers, who are 10-11 after dropping five of their last seven, had four players with at least 20 points with the first time this season. LeBron James led the way with 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 29, Anthony Davis 23 and Malik Monk 20.

The Lakers scored the first six points of the first overtime and were up 110-103 before the Kings scored seven straight, including Hield’s 3-pointer to tie it with 28 seconds remaining. Davis had a driving layup with 9.0 seconds remaining but Sacramento forced a second OT on Hield’s 18-foot jumper.

The largest lead anyone had in the second overtime was three points. James made a driving layup with 24 seconds remaining to tie it at 124. Sacramento had the final possession, but couldn’t get a shot off.

HOW WE GOT TO OVERTIME

Monk scored 11 points during a 24-8 second-half run that saw the Lakers turn a three-point deficit with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter into an 86-73 advantage with 10:02 remaining.

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The Kings would counter through with a 22-5 rally, including eight points from Alex Len, to seize a 98-93 advantage with 2:26 to go. Los Angeles, though, scored seven of the last nine points of regulation to send it to overtime.

After a layup by James gave the Lakers a 100-98 advantage, Fox tied it with a layup with 21 seconds to go. The Lakers had the final shot, but James missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime.

TIP-INS

Kings: It was Fox’s second game this season with at least 30 points. He scored 37 on Nov. 10 at San Antonio. … Terence Davis had 13 points before fouling out in overtime. … Harrison Barnes (right foot sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right eye contusion) were out of the lineup.

Lakers: Anthony (16 points) was 6 of 13 from the field after going 7 of 27 the past two games. … This was Monk’s third game with at least 20 points since joining Los Angeles during the offseason. … Davis reached 800 career steals when he stripped the ball from Fox during the first overtime.

UP NEXT

Kings: Travel to Memphis Sunday.

Lakers: Host Detroit Sunday.

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Josi’s goal, assist lead Predators over Devils 4-2


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi and Alexandre Carrier each scored and had an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Friday night.

Philip Tomasino and Mikael Granlund also scored and Juuse Saros made 23 saves for Nashville, winners of two of three.

“Our execution was strong, and that allowed us to be able to get to the game and be on the attack,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. “I thought some things we did in the offensive zone were much more purposeful than we did the other night. We were able to generate quality looks, quality zone time. That again went to some structural things. Guys were hard on pucks.”

Andreas Johnsson and Tomas Tatar scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves for New Jersey, losers of two straight.

“That’s probably the worst game I’ve seen us play,” New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said. “Didn’t win the compete battles early. Didn’t engage early. Conveniently second on a lot of plays. We wouldn’t have beat anybody tonight. It’s just the truth.”

Saros was relatively untested through the first 40 minutes, turning aside two New Jersey shots in the first and seven in the second.

“We weren’t ready and we’ve got to find a way,” Devils captain Nico Hischier said. “There’s no excuse there. We’ve just got to be ready. Everybody has to do that individually. There’s just no excuse. We’re not winning a game the way we played tonight.”

Josi scored the game’s first goal at 7:31 of the opening period. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Josi’s tough-angle wrist shot from the lower left circle squeezed between Blackwood’s pads.

Two days after falling 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Predators were happier with their effort Friday.

“Against Vegas, we gave them some goals, couple bad turnovers, didn’t really execute out of our zone, and I thought that was a lot better tonight,” Josi said. “Especially in the first. You could see we had a lot of pressure, a lot of zone time, a lot of shots.”

Tomasino made it 2-0 at 3:30 of the second.

From the left wall, Nick Cousins sent a centering pass to Tomasino in the slot, where he was able to get just enough of the puck to tip it past Blackwood for his fourth goal of the season.

The Predators are 8-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.

Granlund extended Nashville’s lead to 3-0 at 6:45 of the third from the low slot after taking a pass from Matt Duchene, who was below the New Jersey goal line.

Duchene has 20 points in 20 career games against the Devils.

Johnsson spoiled Saros’ shutout at 11:58 of the third, scoring his seventh of the season.

Carrier scored an empty-net goal with 1:10 remaining, and that goal was quickly followed by Tatar, who scored on a breakaway in the final minute.

BASTIAN RETURNS

One day after being claimed off waivers from the Seattle Kraken, Nate Bastian returned to New Jersey’s lineup.

“I liked his play,” Ruff said. “That line gave us energy. They did the right thing. They were heavy on the puck. They got in first.”

The Devils selected Bastian 41st overall in the 2016 draft, and he was taken by Seattle in the expansion draft prior to this season. After playing 12 games with the Kraken, Bastian was placed on waivers Wednesday and claimed by New Jersey.

JOSI 700

Josi played his 700th career NHL game, all with the Predators. Selected 38th overall in the 2008 draft, Josi won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2020. He has served as Nashville’s captain since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“Time flies,” Josi said. “You obviously remember when you first came here, 10 or 11 years ago now. It’s 700 now. It’s pretty cool. I’m definitely grateful to be able to play that many games, play that many games in Nashville with the same team. It’s been an amazing ride. I’m definitely proud of it and I don’t take it for granted for sure.”

He is fourth in Predators franchise history for games played. Josi trails only David Legwand (956), Shea Weber (763) and Martin Erat (723).

Josi has recorded the most points by a Swiss-born player in NHL history with 466.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Predators travel to Colorado on Saturday.

New Jersey returns home Sunday to host the Flyers.

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Porzingis, Doncic lead Mavericks in rout over Spurs, 123-109


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-high 32 points, Luka Doncic had 32 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks routed the San Antonio Spurs 123-109 on Friday night.

“Playing with Luka is extremely easy,” Porzingis said. “He takes so much pressure off everybody else. Makes everybody else better and get more open looks.”

Dallas clinched the season series against its intrastate rival with its third consecutive win over San Antonio in the season’s first 12 games.

The Mavericks did not want a repeat of a loss Wednesday night, when the Chicago Bulls took control in the third quarter on their way to a 117-107 victory. Dallas accomplished that, outscoring San Antonio 34-20 in the third.

“Just trying to learn from our losses,” Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith said. “Last game we got punched in the mouth in the third quarter. This game, we wanted to come out and learn from our mistakes and come out and hit them in the face.”

Devin Vassell had 20 points, Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson had 15 points each and Doug McDermott added 14 for the Spurs. San Antonio has failed to win consecutive games this season.

“We can’t get too complacent after we get one win,” Spurs forward Doug McDermott said.

Dallas has won four of five overall.

The Spurs closed on a 20-9 run, but the game was out of reach after the first half.

The Mavericks were focused on protecting the ball after giving up 19 turnovers in their previous victory against the Spurs on Nov. 3. Dallas did so, committing only one turnover in building a 12-point lead in the first half and finished with a season-low five turnovers.

“They’re aggressive, they’re going to use their length and get out in passing lanes,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We felt we had to take care of the ball and we did that tonight in the first half as well as the second half.”

San Antonio was without starting center Jakob Poeltl, who remains under the league’s Health and Safety Protocols.

“We miss Jak,” Vassell said. “It’s evident, we’re playing small. As for right now, we’ve got to adjust.”

Dallas, especially Porzingis, also took advantage of San Antonio’s smaller lineup.

“I think we took advantage of the mismatches,” Porzingis. “Played big down there. We have that confidence in each other that we want to share the ball, we want to make the other team pay for those mismatches.”

Playing in just his fourth game since returning from an injured back, Porzingis has scored 54 points in his last two games. He finished 12 for 22 from the field and 3 for 9 on 3-pointers.

“When smalls guard us, both of us, we have to take advantage of that,” Doncic said.

POELTL’S STATUS

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Poeltl may travel with the team for its upcoming three-game road trip, which opens Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Popovich joked he was unclear when a reporter noted his own uncertainty with the protocols.

“You’re really not alone,” Popovich said. “Last word I got. Uh … Its 50-50. He’s got to take a test or two.”

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic emerged smiling and unscathed after diving headfirst into the second row after being fouled from behind by Drew Eubanks. Doncic leapt to avoid fans in the first row and planted headfirst into the laps of those in the second row. … Porzingis’ previous season-high was 22 points against Chicago on Nov. 10. … Dallas will not face San Antonio again until the season finale for both teams on April 10. … Maxi Kleber missed his sixth straight game with a strained left oblique. Kidd said the team will update Kleber’s status Monday.

Spurs: C Jock Landale missed the game due to the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. … F Keita Bates-Diop was a late scratch from the lineup with a bruised lower back. … San Antonio only had 10 players available due to injuries or illness along with G League assignments for Josh Primo and Joe Wieskamp.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Denver on Monday.

Spurs: At Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.



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Hoops Highlights: Baker builds big lead, holds off Barry Dunning Jr., McGill-Toolen


Baker jumped out to an 18-4 lead en route to a 62-53 win over McGill-Toolen on Thursday night on the second night of the Remax of Orange Beach Tip-Off Tournament at McGill.

Labaron Philon and Jayven Williams scored 22 points each as the Hornets raced out to a 36-18 halftime lead before the Yellow Jackets (1-1) started chipping away.

Barry Dunning Jr., who was held to two first-half points, scored 17 fourth-quarter points and finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hornets, however, knocked down 8 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter, including 3 of 4 from Charles Taylor.

Myles Murphy added 13 points for the Jackets, who host Mary Montgomery on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the final day of the Tip-Off Tournament.

McGill opened the tournament Wednesday with a 78-52 win over Faith Academy.

On the day he signed his letter of intent to play at University of Arkansas, Barry Dunning Jr. scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Myles Murphy scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half as the Jackets blew open a 30-23 halftime lead with 26 points in the third quarter.

Bennett Russ chipped in 12 points. The Jackets shot 60 percent from the floor, including 12 of 18 in the decisive 26-1, third-quarter run.

Ryan Van Beder led Faith with 16 points, while LJ Holifield added 14 points and Mike Pettiford chipped in 12 points.

OTHER SCORES FROM REMAX ORANGE BEACH TOURNEY

Cottage Hill 75, Mary G. Montgomery 62 (BOYS): Tyler Thomas had 20 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Warriors, while Josh Bell had 18 points and fie rebounds. Trent Thomas followed with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Shadrius Toodle chipped in 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Cottage Hill (3-0) plays Saraland at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cottage Hill 75, Spanish Fort 71 (OT) (BOYS): Trent Thomas scored 25 points for the Warriors, while Tyler Thomas had 22 and Josh Bell 20. Kolby Horace led the Toros with 33. Colby McAllister followed with 12.

McGill-Toolen 43, LeFlore 33 (GIRLS): Freshman Jayde Dempsey led the way with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Tillie Harper added 12 and Anna Reed McNeece 10. The team will host Daphne Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Jackson at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Faith Academy 68, Saraland 50 (BOYS): LJ Holifield had 18 points and Jadyn Maize added 16. Rob Frank’s and Davon Carter each added 10. Faith (2-1) plays Daphne at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Rams’ final game in the Remax of Orange Beach McGill Toolen Tip-off Classic.

BOYS

Bayshore Christian 42, Bayside Academy 41 (OT): Sophomore Collin Hester scored 11 points. Junior Jack Howley scored 10. Sophomore Carter Frego scored nine and grabbed 12 rebounds. Senior Conrad Krueger sank the eventual game winning free throws in overtime and finished the game with nine points and 6 rebounds. The Eagles (1-2) play Orange Beach on Saturday at Fairhope High School.

UMS-Wright 55, Baldwin County 20: Sims Druhan had 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for UMS. Bridges Simmons chipped in 17 points and five rebounds. Ben Cameron had 10 points and six rebounds. Arthur Chitty pulled down 11 rebounds. Tanner Durant led the Tigers with 23. UMS hosts Cottage Hill on Tuesday.

Hoover 78, Central-Tuscaloosa 42: The Bucs were led in scoring by Jaylen Carrington with 18 points on four 3-pointers. DeWayne Brown finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. TQ Richardson chipped in nine points and five rebounds.

Blount 62, Orange Beach 44: Blount’s Antonio Robinson-Jackson led all scorers with 19 points. Joey Robertson had 10 points. Trip Carter had 18 points for Orange Beach. Fairhope will host Blount at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday to conclude the Tip-Off Classic. Earlier this week, the Leopards beat Bayside 57-32. Trey Broadhead, Antonio Robinson-Jackson and Clarence Pearson led Blount in scoring with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively. In an earlier game, the Leopards defeated LeFlore 60-54. Robinson-Jackson, Broadhead and Pearson lead Blount with 17, 16 and 14 points respectively. Demir Smith and Joshua Hughley lead Leflore with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Prattville Christian 85, LAMP 33: Freshman Cade Segars led the Panthers with 20 points. Freshman PJ Evans added 17 points and five rebounds. Camron Coleman had 14 points and four steals. Carson Roberson added 10 points and four assists. Brady Hughes added 10 assists and five steals.

Davidson 53, Moss Point 48: Abrion Clemons led the Warriors with 32.

Williamson 52, Hattiesburg 46: Williamson opened the season with a win on the road. Justin Brown led the way with 16 points and six assists. Anthony Johnson followed with 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Williamson plays another road game at Pascagoula High School on Saturday.

Mobile Christian 58, St. Paul’s 55: Kam Battles scored 22 points and Michael Moore had 10 for the Leopards, who travel to J.U. Blacksher on Tuesday.

GIRLS

Satsuma 42, Elberta 21: Brianna Adams had 12 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Camyron Martin added 13 points.

Fairhope 66, Saraland 34: Reagan White had 22 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Lexie Grace Hunt with 21 Points.

Prattville Christian 56, LAMP 22: Ella Jane Connell led the Panthers with 16 points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists. Hannah Jones added 11 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Avery Rogers had 10 points, six rebounds, and four steals. CoCo Thomas added nine points, 10 rebounds and six steals.

St. Paul’s 36, St. Michael 23: Ella Vallas led the way with 20 points.

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Ball, LaVine lead Bulls past Mavericks 117-107


CHICAGO (AP) — There is no secret to Lonzo Ball’s improved 3-point shooting. He put the work in, and it’s paying off.

He has come a long way from long distance.

“It’s night and day now,” he said.

Ball made seven of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers and Zach LaVine scored 23 points, powering the Bulls to a 117-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Ball went 7 for 10 from deep and finished with 21 points. He is shooting 44.7% from beyond the arc in his first year with the Bulls, continuing his steady rise from shooting 30.5% from 3 during his rookie season in 2017-18 with the Lakers.

“He deserves a lot of credit,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s put in an incredible amount of work to get himself to that level.”

Five players scored in double figures for Chicago during its second consecutive victory. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points.

Dallas had won three straight and four of five overall, but couldn’t keep up with LaVine and Chicago in the second half. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, and Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

“I should take better shots,” said Doncic, who was 6 for 18 from the field. “I know I always say this, but honestly, I’ve got to do it, not just say it. I’ve got to be better.”

Dallas trailed by seven in the third quarter before Doncic wrapped the ball around his back and then lobbed to Dwight Powell for a jam over Vucevic with 3:29 left. The play drew an “ooohhh” from the United Center crowd of 20,910, but the rest of the period belonged to Chicago.

Alex Caruso converted a three-point play and made a jumper to give the Bulls a 95-80 lead after three. The reserve guard finished with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

“I just tried to be aggressive when I had the ball and shots went in,” Caruso said.

Chicago was never seriously threatened in the fourth, and LaVine punctuated the win when he got an overhead pass from Ball and finished a 360-degree dunk with 1:50 remaining.

“The Bulls are back, man. That’s all I can say,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 21 points for Dallas.

Doncic’s free throw gave the Mavericks a 51-48 lead with 4:46 left in the second quarter, but the Bulls closed the first half with a 13-3 run. LaVine opened the spurt with a 3-pointer and a dunk.

“Right there before half, with two minutes left, they went on a run, and we just couldn’t recover from that,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber (left oblique strain) missed his fifth straight game. Kidd said Kleber is doing better. “I don’t think we’ve got to the seven- or 10-day mark yet,” Kidd said. “But once we get there, I think I can give you a better update.”

Bulls: G Coby White (offseason left shoulder surgery) practiced with the team’s G League affiliate Tuesday. Donovan said White will have another workout on Thursday. “If things progress we’re hopeful at some point maybe on that West Coast swing that he’d be available to play,” Donovan said. The Bulls open a five-game trip at Golden State on Friday night. … F Patrick Williams (left wrist) will not travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, Donovan said.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the San Antonio Spurs on Friday for their third meeting already this season. The Mavericks took the first two, winning 104-99 on Oct. 28 and 109-108 last week.

Bulls: At Golden State on Friday night. The Bulls have dropped eight in a row against the Warriors.

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McCollum scores 27 to lead Blazers past Pacers, 110-106


PORTLAND — CJ McCollum scored 27 points, making five 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 110-106 on Friday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

Robert Covington added a season-high 19 points, including a key 3-pointer with 14.7 seconds left.

“He shot it tonight, made the extra pass when he needed to, defended. He was aggressive,” McCollum said. “He was the hero tonight. He hit some big shots for us.”

Damian Lillard continued to struggle with his shot, going 2 for 13 from the field and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. He had four points and 11 assists.

T.J. McConnell had 19 points for the Pacers, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

Portland led by as many as 16 points in the opening half, but the Pacers closed the gap before halftime and held a narrow lead going into the final period.

The Pacers went on an 11-0 run to go up 97-90 but it was snapped by Jusuf Nurkic’s layup. McCollum and Covington each made 3-pointers to pull Portland within 101-98 with 3:55 left.

Norman Powell’s free throws and McCollum’s layup put the Blazers in front 102-101. After Nurkic dunked, Domantas Sabonis’ layup kept the Pacers close.

Covington hit a 3-pointer to extend Portland’s lead, but Myles Turner answered with a 3 to narrow it to 107-106. Covington’s 3 as the seconds ticked down sealed it.

Indiana was without starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who leads the Pacers with 22.3 points per game, because of a non-COVID illness. McConnell started in his place.

Caris LeVert, who missed the start of the season with a stress fracture in his back, averaged 18.5 points in the Pacers’ past two games. He finished with 12 against the Blazers.

“I really like our team. I think we have a lot of talent on this team, but we don’t have the kind of talent to win on talent alone,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “I mean, we’ve got to really be tied together. And our compete level has got to be way up there.”

Lillard was averaging 19.5 points, well off his average last season. Going into Friday game, Portland’s All-Star had hit just 18 of 77 3-point attempts, or about 23%. However, he is among the league leaders with 8.5 assists a game.

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups praised Lillard’s floor game, saying he was finding guys for the right shots. Asked if he was concerned about Lillard, Portland’s new coach was emphatic.

“No. Why would I? He’s one of the greatest of all time. He’s still in his prime. He’s not 38 or 39,” Billups said. “I played this game for a long time, I went through that myself.”

Portland led by as many as 13 points early but Indiana closed the gap to 24-22 on Justin Holiday’s 3-pointer early in the second.

McCollum made back-to-back 3-pointers to push Portland’s lead to 40-28 but the Pacers went on a 10-0 run to close the half and got within 59-53.

“It’s easy to lay down and just let the chips fall where they may. But I don’t think we did that. We got off to a slow start and we were able to fight back. But it just wasn’t enough,” Turner said. “We can go and make all the excuses in the world — it’s the West Coast, travel, and all that — but you’ve got to find a way to get it done.”

Powell finished with 25 points.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis, son of former Trail Blazers great Arvydas Sabonis, wore special shoes customized by King’s Way Christian High School teacher/artist Justin Tigner that pays homage to both father and son. … Pacers coach Chauncey Billups played under Pacers coach Rick Carlisle in Detroit. “It’s a proud moment for me,” Carlisle said about coaching opposite former players. “I always thought Chauncey could do anything he wanted in basketball.”

Trail Blazers: McCollum led all scorers in the first half with 19 points. … Powell has had three straight games with 20 or more points. … Blazers owner Jody Allen was at the game.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers play the second of a back-to-back against the Lakers on Saturday.





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Beal, Dinwiddie lead Wizards past Celtics, 115-112 in 2 OTs


Bradley Beal scored 36 points, Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards outlasted the Boston Celtics 115-112 in two overtimes Saturday.

Celtics_Wizards_Basketball_95330 Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, passes the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Washington.

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Celtics_Wizards_Basketball_11057 Boston Celtics forward Jabari Parker (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Washington.

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Celtics_Wizards_Basketball_95730 Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Washington Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Washington.

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Celtics_Wizards_Basketball_64059 Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33), guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Washington.

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Celtics_Wizards_Basketball_38725 Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Washington.

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Celtics_Wizards_Basketball_34786 Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell (6) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Washington.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 36 points, Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards outlasted the Boston Celtics 115-112 in two overtimes Saturday.

Montrezl Harrell added 20 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime for Washington, which improved to 5-1 with its second victory over Boston in three games.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and sank the final Washington basket as the Wizards overcame 36.5% shooting (38 of 104) for their second overtime win of the season.

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, who lost for the second time in three overtime games this season to drop to 2-4.

Jayson Tatum added 27 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Boston, but made just 10 of his 32 shots. He missed all five of his 3-point attempts on a night the Celtics shot just 2 of 26 beyond the arc as a team.

The night may have yet gone Boston’s way without a pivotal moment with 1:14 remaining in the second overtime.

Officials originally called a foul on Deni Avdija, but ruled his play a clean block of Tatum’s shot following video review.

Beal hit a runner high off the glass off the ensuing possession, Tatum missed a difficult runner on the other end, and then Dinwiddie got his pull-up to fall to make it 115-112 with 20 seconds left in the second extra period.

After the teams traded turnovers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stripped Brown trying to attempt a tying 3-pointer.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Payton Pritchard made Boston’s first 3 with 9:05 left to close it to 83-82 … G Romeo Langford (calf tightness, non-COVID illness) returned after three games out. … G Marcus Smart (non-COVID illness) did not travel.

Wizards: C Daniel Gafford (thigh bruise) missed a second game in a move designed to “give him another day, day-and-a-half to get his strength back,” said coach Wes Unseld Jr. … Kuzma hit a free throw for his 10th point with 8:05 left in the third quarter to seal his double-double.

HARRELL STORM

Harrell hit a high-arching, rainbow-shaped 3-pointer from 3 feet behind the midcourt stripe that banked in to give the Wizards a 53-47 lead at the halftime buzzer. It was Harrell’s first 3 since March 2019.

KANTER’S SNEAKERS SPEAK (AGAIN)

Celtics C Enes Kanter wore sneakers adorned with messages asking for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from China.

They read “No Rights, No Games,” “Move the Games” and “No Beijing 2022,” according to photos from a tweet he posted earlier Saturday.

It was his latest in a series of visual sneaker demonstrations against perceived human rights abuses by the government of Chinese president Xi Jingpin.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host Chicago on Monday.

Wizards: Visit Atlanta on Monday.

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Beal, Dinwiddie lead Wizards past Celtics, 115-112 in 2 OTs


WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 36 points, Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards outlasted the Boston Celtics 115-112 in two overtimes Saturday.

Montrezl Harrell added 20 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime for Washington, which improved to 5-1 with its second victory over Boston in three games.

“We’re just having fun, man” Beal said of a team that was dramatically restructured in the offseason. “We embrace each other on the daily. And it’s amazing to be where we are. But … we have that humble and hungry mentality. We haven’t scratched the surface yet.”

Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and sank the final Washington basket as the Wizards overcame 36.5% shooting (38 of 104) for their second overtime win of the season.

“It just shows our resilience,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I keep using that word, but it’s who we are and who we have to be. And every night somebody else finds a way to step up and make a play for us.”

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, who lost for the second time in three overtime games this season to drop to 2-4. The Celtics, who are in a similar period of transition to Washington without the early success, played only four overtime periods in all of the previous season.

“I think it shows how we’re a good team and we’re almost there,” reserve Josh Richardson said of all the overtime games. “That once we get some more continuity on the offensive side of the ball, I think that hopefully we’ll be able to finish these games out a little quicker.”

Jayson Tatum added 27 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Boston, but made just 10 of his 32 shots. He missed all five of his 3-point attempts on a night the Celtics shot just 2 of 26 beyond the arc as a team.

The night may have yet gone Boston’s way without a pivotal moment with 1:14 remaining in the second overtime.

Officials originally called a foul on Deni Avdija, but ruled his play a clean block of Tatum’s shot following video review.

Beal hit a runner high off the glass off the ensuing possession to give the Wizards the lead back, Tatum missed a difficult runner on the other end, and then Dinwiddie got his pull-up to fall to make it 115-112 with 20 seconds left in the second extra period.

After the teams traded turnovers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stripped Brown trying to attempt a tying 3-pointer.

“We wanted to get a 3 somewhere in there,” Richardson said. “But I think the Wizards guarded the play pretty well.”

Richardson scored 18 points.

“We stayed composed, we stayed within each other, and we got the job done,” Caldwell-Pope said.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Payton Pritchard made Boston’s first 3 with 9:05 left to close it to 83-82 … G Romeo Langford (calf tightness, non-COVID illness) returned after three games out. … G Marcus Smart (non-COVID illness) did not travel.

Wizards: C Daniel Gafford (thigh bruise) missed a second game in a move designed to “give him another day, day-and-a-half to get his strength back,” said coach Wes Unseld Jr. … Kuzma hit a free throw for his 10th point with 8:05 left in the third quarter to seal his double-double.

HARRELL STORM

Harrell hit a high-arching, rainbow-shaped 3-pointer from 3 feet behind the midcourt stripe that banked in to give the Wizards a 53-47 lead at the halftime buzzer. It was Harrell’s first 3 since March 2019.

KANTER’S SNEAKERS SPEAK (AGAIN)

Celtics C Enes Kanter wore sneakers adorned with messages asking for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from China.

They read “No Rights, No Games,” “Move the Games” and “No Beijing 2022,” according to photos from a tweet he posted earlier Saturday.

It was his latest in a series of visual sneaker demonstrations against perceived human rights abuses by the government of Chinese president Xi Jingpin.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host Chicago on Monday.

Wizards: Visit Atlanta on Monday.



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Beal, Dinwiddie lead Wizards past Celtics, 115-112 in 2 OTs


WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 36 points, Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards outlasted the Boston Celtics 115-112 in two overtimes Saturday.

Montrezl Harrell added 20 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime for Washington, which improved to 5-1 with its second victory over Boston in three games.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and sank the final Washington basket as the Wizards overcame 36.5% shooting (38 of 104) for their second overtime win of the season.

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, who lost for the second time in three overtime games this season to drop to 2-4.

Jayson Tatum added 27 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Boston, but made just 10 of his 32 shots. He missed all five of his 3-point attempts on a night the Celtics shot just 2 of 26 beyond the arc as a team.

The night may have yet gone Boston’s way without a pivotal moment with 1:14 remaining in the second overtime.

Officials originally called a foul on Deni Avdija, but ruled his play a clean block of Tatum’s shot following video review.

Beal hit a runner high off the glass off the ensuing possession, Tatum missed a difficult runner on the other end, and then Dinwiddie got his pull-up to fall to make it 115-112 with 20 seconds left in the second extra period.

After the teams traded turnovers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stripped Brown trying to attempt a tying 3-pointer.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Payton Pritchard made Boston’s first 3 with 9:05 left to close it to 83-82 … G Romeo Langford (calf tightness, non-COVID illness) returned after three games out. … G Marcus Smart (non-COVID illness) did not travel.

Wizards: C Daniel Gafford (thigh bruise) missed a second game in a move designed to “give him another day, day-and-a-half to get his strength back,” said coach Wes Unseld Jr. … Kuzma hit a free throw for his 10th point with 8:05 left in the third quarter to seal his double-double.

HARRELL STORM

Harrell hit a high-arching, rainbow-shaped 3-pointer from 3 feet behind the midcourt stripe that banked in to give the Wizards a 53-47 lead at the halftime buzzer. It was Harrell’s first 3 since March 2019.

KANTER’S SNEAKERS SPEAK (AGAIN)

Celtics C Enes Kanter wore sneakers adorned with messages asking for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from China.

They read “No Rights, No Games,” “Move the Games” and “No Beijing 2022,” according to photos from a tweet he posted earlier Saturday.

It was his latest in a series of visual sneaker demonstrations against perceived human rights abuses by the government of Chinese president Xi Jingpin.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host Chicago on Monday.

Wizards: Visit Atlanta on Monday.



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