Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 49 points and won a shootout with Donovan Mitchell as the host New Orleans Pelicans ended the Utah Jazz’s 10-game winning streak with a 138-132 overtime victory Thursday night.
Ingram made five free throws as the Pelicans outscored the Jazz, who lost for the second time in 17 games, 16-10 in overtime despite falling behind by five points midway through the period.
Former Jazz center Derrick Favors added 21 points and 11 rebounds as New Orleans won for the 10th time in 14 games. E’Twaun Moore scored 16 points, including a go-ahead layup in overtime, Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 12 and Frank Jackson had 10.
Mitchell tied his career-high with 46 points, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26, Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in overtime, Jordan Clarkson scored 15 and Joe Ingles had 12.
Milwaukee Bucks 128 – Boston Celtics 123
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and Khris Middleton added 23 as Milwaukee started fast and had just enough in the end, opening a double-digit lead five minutes into the game and earning a victory over visiting Boston.
Donte DiVincenzo scored a career-high 19 points and Brook Lopez added 16 as the Bucks extended their winning streak to five games while winning for the 10th time in their last 11 contests.
Kemba Walker scored 40 points with 11 rebounds and Marcus Smart added 24 as the Celtics fell for the second time in two nights and lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. The Celtics lost to Detroit on Wednesday night.
Denver Nuggets 134 – Golden State Warriors 131 (OT)
Mason Plumlee slammed down a pair of dunks and Will Barton nailed a back-breaking 3-pointer in an eight-point run in overtime as short-handed Denver outlasted host Golden State for a come-from-behind victory in San Francisco.
Playing the second night of a back-to-back without injured starters Paul Millsap, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, the Nuggets completed a two-day sweep despite trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, by 12 with 8:44 to play in regulation and on two separate occasions in the five-minute extra session.
Barton finished with a season-best 31 points and Malik Beasley had a season-best 27 for the Nuggets. Alec Burks led Golden State with 25 off the bench.
Los Angeles Clippers 122 – Orlando Magic 95
Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 32 points, and host Los Angeles rolled past Orlando.
Leonard, who scored at least 30 points for the fourth consecutive game, connected on 12 of 20 shots from the floor and 4 of 7 3-pointers. Montrezl Harrell had 21 points for the Clippers, who won for the fourth time in five games.
Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, while Aaron Gordon finished with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Evan Fournier, who sat out the Lakers’ win with a right quad contusion, scored 15 points.
Phoenix Suns 121 – New York Knicks 98
Devin Booker scored 29 points, and Phoenix seized control in the third quarter and pulled away for a rout of host New York.
Ricky Rubio returned from a one-game absence (personal reasons) and collected 25 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as Phoenix won for the sixth time in 10 games. Deandre Ayton also turned in a dynamic game, finishing with a season-high 26 points and career-high 21 rebounds.
Julius Randle scored 26 points to lead the Knicks. Marcus Morris Sr. returned from a neck injury that kept him out for five games, and he added 17 points, but the Knicks lost for the seventh time in eight games. New York also lost rookie RJ Barrett to a sprained right ankle in the third quarter.
–Field Level Media