Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Celtics hold Thunder to season lows in victory

OKLAHOMA CITY — Marcus Smart scored a career-high 26 to help the Celtics beat the Thunder 100-85 Sunday.

Smart, who played college ball at nearby Oklahoma State, also guarded All-Star Russell Westbrook effectively as the Celtics won their third in four games. He was part of a collective effort that held the reigning scoring champion to 5 for 20 shooting. Westbrook still scored 27 and carried a larger load with Kevin Durant out with a hamstring injury.

The Thunder had a season-low point total and its worst shooting effort (28-of-77) as its three-game winning streak was snapped.

Game highlights: Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Knicks beat the Pelicans 95-87. The Pelicans have lost nine of 10 to begin the season. … Derrick Favors scored 23 and the Jazz beat the host Hawks 97-96 to end a three-game skid. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was back with the team after missing one game because of his wife's undisclosed medical emergency.

Warriors stay PERFECT: Stephen Curry scored 21 of his 34 after halftime, Andre Iguodala hit a tying 3 at the end of regulation and the host Warriors improved to 11-0 by beating the Nets 107-99 in overtime late Saturday. Brook Lopez missed a short jumper at the buzzer that would've won it for Brooklyn in regulation. "We were fortunate to have a shot down the stretch the way we played for 36 minutes," Curry said. "We really didn't have much going for us, and they played well. And then Andre came up huge." Iguodala finished with 18, including his 3 with 5.9 seconds left in regulation. "He plays his best when you need him to," interim coach Luke Walton said. "When he hit the 3, he ran by and said 'I got you, Coach.' "

Around the league: Bulls guard Derrick Rose downplayed coach Fred Hoiberg's comment that Rose's double-vision issues could last up to three months. Rose suffered a fractured left orbital bone Sept. 29.

Celtics 100, Thunder 85

BOSTON (100): Crowder 4-9 1-1 10, Johnson 3-5 1-2 7, Sullinger 3-12 2-3 8, Thomas 8-17 1-1 20, Smart 9-14 5-8 26, Bradley 6-12 1-3 14, Olynyk 3-5 0-0 7, Turner 1-5 0-0 2, Jerebko 1-1 0-0 2, Lee 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 39-82 13-20 100.

OKLAHOMA CITY (85): Roberson 3-5 0-0 7, Ibaka 8-16 0-0 16, Adams 0-0 6-8 6, Westbrook 5-20 15-17 27, Morrow 0-4 0-0 0, Waiters 3-11 0-0 7, Augustin 1-5 0-0 2, Singler 3-5 0-0 8, Collison 1-3 2-2 4, Kanter 4-7 0-2 8, McGary 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-77 23-29 85.

Boston 24 21 27 28— 100

Oklahoma City 24 28 22 11— 85

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-23 (Smart 3-5, Thomas 3-9, Olynyk 1-1, Bradley 1-2, Crowder 1-3, Sullinger 0-3), Oklahoma City 6-25 (Singler 2-4, Westbrook 2-10, Roberson 1-2, Waiters 1-2, Payne 0-1, Ibaka 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Morrow 0-3). Fouled OutOlynyk. ReboundsBoston 58 (Sullinger 15), Oklahoma City 47 (Ibaka 10). AssistsBoston 25 (Thomas 8), Oklahoma City 18 (Westbrook 5). Total FoulsBoston 26, Oklahoma City 20. TechnicalsSmart, Waiters, Westbrook.

Jazz 97, Hawks 96

UTAH (97): Hayward 3-9 1-2 7, Favors 11-20 1-1 23, Gobert 3-4 5-7 11, Neto 1-2 0-0 2, Hood 8-17 0-0 20, Booker 2-4 0-0 4, Burke 3-6 2-2 10, Burks 7-13 3-5 18, Withey 0-0 0-0 0, Ingles 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-76 12-17 97.

ATLANTA (96): Bazemore 6-7 2-2 16, P.Millsap 10-18 7-8 28, Horford 7-16 0-0 16, Schroder 3-10 4-6 11, Korver 5-7 0-0 11, Splitter 1-4 0-0 2, Mack 3-7 1-1 7, Sefolosha 2-6 0-0 5, Holiday 0-1 0-0 0, Muscala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-76 14-17 96.

Utah 27 20 27 23— 97

Atlanta 24 28 22 22— 96

3-Point GoalsUtah 7-21 (Hood 4-9, Burke 2-3, Burks 1-3, Favors 0-1, Neto 0-1, Hayward 0-4), Atlanta 8-22 (Bazemore 2-2, Horford 2-6, Schroder 1-2, Korver 1-3, Sefolosha 1-3, P.Millsap 1-4, Mack 0-1, Holiday 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 47 (Gobert 11), Atlanta 37 (Sefolosha, Schroder, P.Millsap 6). AssistsUtah 21 (Burke 5), Atlanta 26 (Schroder 9). Total FoulsUtah 15, Atlanta 16. TechnicalsGobert.

Hornets 106, Trail Blazers 94

PORTLAND (94): Aminu 2-5 2-2 7, Vonleh 3-6 3-4 9, Plumlee 2-6 4-4 8, Lillard 9-25 4-5 23, McCollum 5-18 4-4 16, Harkless 1-3 2-2 4, Alexander 2-4 0-0 4, Crabbe 8-11 0-0 17, Davis 3-7 0-0 6, Henderson 0-3 0-0 0, Connaughton 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-89 19-21 94.

CHARLOTTE (106): Hairston 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 3-8 1-2 7, Jefferson 13-17 3-4 29, Walker 5-12 2-2 14, Batum 11-19 6-7 33, Zeller 0-4 1-2 1, Lamb 6-10 0-0 13, Hawes 0-2 2-2 2, Lin 2-9 0-0 5, Roberts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-83 15-19 106.

Portland 27 18 21 28— 94

Charlotte 35 36 18 17— 106

3-Point GoalsPortland 5-21 (McCollum 2-6, Crabbe 1-1, Aminu 1-2, Lillard 1-9, Vonleh 0-1, Harkless 0-1, Henderson 0-1), Charlotte 9-31 (Batum 5-10, Walker 2-5, Lin 1-4, Lamb 1-5, Hawes 0-1, Hairston 0-1, Zeller 0-2, Williams 0-3). Fouled OutDavis. ReboundsPortland 53 (Plumlee 13), Charlotte 49 (Williams 8). AssistsPortland 20 (Lillard 5), Charlotte 29 (Batum 6). Total FoulsPortland 25, Charlotte 16. TechnicalsWalker.

Grizzlies 114, Wolves 106

MEMPHIS (114): Allen 4-6 0-0 8, Randolph 6-8 2-2 14, Gasol 7-10 2-2 16, Conley 7-14 2-4 20, Je.Green 7-12 6-6 21, Lee 3-7 0-0 7, Ja.Green 4-6 3-3 12, Chalmers 2-4 10-10 16, Barnes 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 40-71 25-27 114.

MINNESOTA (106): Prince 1-3 0-0 2, Garnett 4-4 0-0 8, Towns 5-11 4-4 14, LaVine 8-15 5-6 25, Wiggins 8-14 4-5 21, Miller 4-8 0-0 8, Bjelica 2-5 0-0 4, Dieng 2-3 4-4 8, K.Martin 3-11 2-2 8, Muhammad 4-8 0-0 8. Totals 41-82 19-21 106.

Memphis 22 33 26 33— 114

Minnesota 23 26 30 27— 106

3-Point GoalsMemphis 9-17 (Conley 4-6, Chalmers 2-3, Lee 1-1, Ja.Green 1-1, Je.Green 1-3, Allen 0-1, Barnes 0-2), Minnesota 5-16 (LaVine 4-7, Wiggins 1-2, Towns 0-1, Miller 0-1, Muhammad 0-1, K.Martin 0-2, Bjelica 0-2). Rebounds—Memphis 38 (Randolph 8), Minnesota 38 (Towns 9). AssistsMemphis 21 (Conley 7), Minnesota 20 (Miller 8). Total FoulsMemphis 16, Minnesota 24.

Knicks 95, Pelicans 87

NEW ORLEANS (87): Gee 1-4 0-0 2, Davis 14-26 6-7 36, Asik 0-0 0-0 0, Holiday 2-8 3-4 7, Gordon 5-11 0-0 11, Anderson 5-11 4-4 16, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Cunningham 3-3 0-0 6, Douglas 0-3 4-4 4, Babbitt 1-2 0-0 3, Ajinca 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-71 17-19 87.

NEW YORK (95): Anthony 11-21 6-7 29, Porzingis 4-15 1-2 10, Lopez 0-3 0-0 0, Calderon 4-5 0-0 8, Afflalo 2-7 0-0 4, Amundson 1-3 1-2 3, O'Quinn 0-2 0-0 0, Galloway 5-6 4-4 15, Grant 3-6 1-2 7, Thomas 2-8 2-2 7, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Vujacic 0-2 0-0 0, Seraphin 6-8 0-0 12. Totals 38-88 15-19 95.

New Orleans 27 17 21 22— 87

New York 23 19 26 27— 95

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 6-21 (Davis 2-4, Anderson 2-5, Babbitt 1-2, Gordon 1-5, Holiday 0-1, Douglas 0-2, Gee 0-2), New York 4-18 (Galloway 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Porzingis 1-4, Anthony 1-5, Grant 0-1, Afflalo 0-1, Vujacic 0-1, Calderon 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 43 (Davis 11), New York 52 (Anthony 13). AssistsNew Orleans 16 (Smith 5), New York 18 (Anthony, Calderon, Lopez, Grant 3). Total FoulsNew Orleans 22, New York 20.

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