NBA 2022-23: Heroic DeRozan, Lavigne help Chicago Bulls beat Boston Celtics

DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Zach LaVine added 22 as the host Chicago Bulls beat the Celtics 121-107 on Monday, ending Boston’s nine-game winning streak.

Chicago ended a four-game slump while improving to 2-1 against the Celtics this season. Patrick Williams scored a season-high 17 points for the Bulls, Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Andre Drummond grabbed 12 boards.

Boston’s Jason Tatum collected 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, Malcolm Brogdon had 23 going 5-for-6 from 3-point range, and Grant Williams had 13 points.

Taking a 21-point lead in the second half, the Bulls saw their advantage go to eight on Brogdon’s triple-double with 6:38 to play. Chicago recovered, pushing the lead to 15 before ending the game.

Saber 128, Warriors 83

Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 34 points as New Orleans hosted depleted Golden State.

Graham added Devonte’ season-high 19 points off the bench for the Pelicans, who completed a 4-2 Homestand. Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence due to a bruised foot, with nine points and four assists in 23 minutes.

The Warriors, who won on the road for the first time this season before one night in Houston, didn’t play Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Andrew Wiggins because of their health preservation. Jordan Ball led Golden State with 26 points.

Cavaliers 114, Hawks 102

Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland combined for 55 points as Cleveland edged past home Atlanta for their third consecutive win.

Mitchell contributed 29 points, nine assists and three steals. Garland scored 26 points and had nine assists for the Cavaliers, who trailed by five in the third quarter before catching up and later pulled away in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks were led by Trae Young, who had 25 points and 10 assists, but was 1-for-8 on 3-point attempts. Onyeka Okongwu came off the bench for 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Timberwolves 105, Heat 101

Karl Anthony Towns produced 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead Minnesota against Miami in Minneapolis.

Towns fouled with 1:37 remaining in the fourth quarter as Kyle Lowry made a charge. However, Rudy Gobert went 4-for-4 on 4 free throws after Towns was knocked out. Those were Joubert’s only points of the game, but it helped the Timberwolves win their fourth straight game.

Minnesota rebounded from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter. The Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards had a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a career-high four steals. Lowry led Miami with 21 points and nine assists. Max Stross scored 19 points, Bam Adebayo added 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Bucks 119, Blazers 111

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points despite persistent problems at the free throw line, and Milwaukee used a big push late in the third quarter to beat visiting Portland.

Junior Holiday and Grayson Allen scored 17 points each for the Bucks, who won for only the third time in their past seven games. Portland led by as many as five points in the first half and hung to within 77-73 past the point midway through the third period before Antetokounmpo buried back-to-back jumpers to ignite a 16-6 lead in the quarter that opened the game open.

Playing without an injury to Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers scored 29 points off Anfernie Simmons en route to their third straight defeat. Jeremy Grant, 18 points.

Pacers 123, Magic 102

With Benedict Mathurin hitting a game-high 22 points, Indiana scored 71 points off the bench and dominated the quarterback en route to a victory over Orlando in Indianapolis.

The Pacers reserves helped Indiana take control with a 27-17 second quarter lead, then a 32-22 third quarter lead. Indiana scored its fifth straight win and seventh in the past eight games.

O’Shea Brissett finished with 18 points for the Pacers, TJ McConnell had season-highs with 19 points and 10 assists while Tyrese Haliburton had 18 points and 14 assists. Franz Wagner led the Magic in scoring with 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Knicks 129, Thunder 119

Jalen Bronson shot 14-of-20 from the floor and scored a season-high 34 points as New York beat Oklahoma City. His point total tied a career high in the regular season, and he also contributed nine assists.

RJ Barrett and Julius Randle each scored 25 points for the Knicks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Randle added 11 rebounds and Barrett has eight boards.

Shay Gilgos-Alexander led the Thunder with 30 points and added seven assists, while Luguentz Dort had a season-high 24 points. Josh Gede added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

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