BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker matched his season high with 32 points and the Boston Celtics rolled to a 99-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
Walker was 11 of 17 from the field, hitting five 3-pointers. The Celtics were without Jaylen Brown because of a sore left shoulder, and Jayson Tatum struggled shooting for the second straight game, going 3 of 17. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics led by 21 points in the second half. They have won nine of their last 11.
Coming off a victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the Suns (42-17) dropped two games behind idle Utah Jazz for the best record in the NBA. Phoenix has the NBA’s best road record at 19-8.
Chris Paul had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Devin Booker finished with 15 points before fouling out with 4:37 left.
BUCKS 124, 76ERS 117
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, Khris Middleton had 24 and Milwaukee beat Philadelphia to end a five-game home losing streak.
Bobby Portis added a season-high 23 points for the Bucks.
Joel Embiid scored 24 points for the 76ers.
PELICANS 135, MAGIC 100
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Zion Williamson scored 23 points in 23 minutes in his first game against Orlando, and New Orleans beat the Magic to snap a four-game losing streak.
Brandon Ingram added 29 points for the Pelicans.
Mo Bamba had 17 points and 12 rebounds for for Orlando. Rookie Devin Cannady scored a career-best 17 points.
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