(NBA) Isaiah Thomas ties team record with 20-point game

Sports | 16 Feb 2017 11:57 am

Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and the surging Boston Celtics held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-108 on Wednesday night in the US National Basketball Association league. 

It was the 40th straight 20-point game for Thomas, tying the team record set by John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season. Marcus Smart added 21 points and eight steals for the Celtics. 

Boston have won four in a row and 11 of 12. Philadelphia had won three straight. 

Dario Saric led the 76ers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Robert Covington added 18 points. 

CAVALIERS 113, PACERS 104 

LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26, Kyle Korver made six 3-pointers and Cleveland beat Indiana to roll into the All-Star break with a seventh win in eight games. 

Irving and Korver combined to make four 3s in the first 2:50 of the fourth quarter _ Korver finished with 22 points and became the seventh player with 2,000 career 3s _ as the NBA champions improved to 7-1 in February following a drama-and-distraction filled January. 

Glenn Robinson III scored 17 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost five straight. 

BUCKS 129, NETS 125 

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in his final game before making his All-Star debut, Greg Monroe added 25 and Milwaukee sent Brooklyn Nets to the break on a 14-game skid. 

Khris Middleton finished with 20 points in his strongest game since returning from a ruptured left hamstring that forced him to miss the first 50 games. Monroe was 12 for 16 from the field after going 12 for 15 on Monday in a victory over Detroit. Brook Lopez scored a season-high 36 points for the Nets. 

RAPTORS 90, HORNETS 85 

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and Toronto overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Charlotte. 

Norman Powell had 17 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Raptors. Frank Kaminsky had a 27 points, and Kemba Walker added 24 points and nine assists for Charlotte. 

SPURS 107, MAGIC 79 

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading San Antonio past short-handed Orlando. 

San Antonio's frontcourt took advantage of a Magic team that was down a key player after newly acquired swingman Terrence Ross was unable to suit up because Serge Ibaka didn't complete his physical in Toronto time. The Magic sent Ibaka to Toronto for Ross and a first-round draft pick Tuesday. 

PISTONS 98, MAVERICKS 91 

Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and Detroit beat Dallas. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, and Tobias Harris 13. Dirk Nowitzki had 13 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help the Mavericks rally.-AP

 



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