Thomas carries Celtics past Clippers in overtime
BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fadeaway jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Jared Sullinger added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jae Crowder finished with 19 points, and Avery Bradley added 18 points as the Celtics won their eighth in a row at home.
Boston played the second half without big man Kelly Olynyk. He left late in the first half because of a bruised right shoulder.
The Clippers led by five late in regulation, but went without a basket for more than three minutes.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 35 points and 13 assists. J.J. Redick added 27 points and DeAndre Jordan finished with 21 points.
The loss spoiled what might be Clippers' forward Paul Pierce's final game in the Boston Garden. The 38-year-old played 15 seasons with the Celtics and was facing his former team for the eighth time.
•LOVE HURTS: Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reinjured his surgically repaired left shoulder in the first half in a 120-111 victory over the visiting Lakers. Love came in averaging 15.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
•CURRY EARNS A REST: Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the visiting Warriors stormed into the All-Star break on an 11-game winning streak with a 112-104 victory over the free-falling Suns. Curry had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the defending NBA champions. At 48-4, the Warriors have the best record through 52 games in NBA history, one victory better than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers. Those Bulls finished the season with a league-record 72 wins. Klay Thompson added 24 points for Golden State.
•LEONARD TO THE RESCUE: Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and drilled a jumper from the top of the key with 0.9 on the clock to lift the Spurs to a 98-96 win over the host Magic. LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and Patty Mills added 17 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who won their fourth consecutive game. Evan Fournier, whose three-pointer tied the score with 13.3 seconds left, led Orlando with 28 points.
•PAYING THE PRICE: Kemba Walker scored 25 points as the suddenly surging Hornets rolled to a 117-95 victory over the Pacers. Six players scored in double figures for the Hornets (27-26), who won their third in a row — and their first at Indiana since November 2008 — but small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the second half.
•UGLINESS AVERTED: DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Darren Collison scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime to lead the Kings — going through a tumultuous week of rumors about coach George Karl's job security — to a 114-110 comeback victory over the host 76ers.
•MISSING PISTONS: Will Barton scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets held off the depleted Pistons 103-92 on Wednesday night in Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit was without starters Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova.
•DAVIS BRINGS 'EM HOME: Anthony Davis capped a 19-point night with a running lefthanded hook and three-pointer in the final minute, and the Pelicans beat Utah 100-96 to stop the Jazz's seven-game winning streak.
•FINDING ANOTHER WAY: Mike Conley scored 20 points, Jeff Green had 12 of his 18 in a 39-point third quarter, and the Grizzlies beat the host Nets 109-90 in their first game since losing Marc Gasol to a broken right foot.
•TRAGIC NEWS: The wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died Wednesday evening at a hospital from injuries suffered in a car crash, police said. The 44-year-old Ingrid Williams was involved in a crash Tuesday night. An oncoming car crossed the center line and hit her SUV just outside of downtown Oklahoma City