Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Hot-shooting Celtics rout Nets

BOSTON — Avery Bradley scored 21 and Isaiah Thomas added 18 points and nine assists to lead the Celtics over the Nets 120-95 Friday night.

The Celtics shot 62 percent in the first half and ran away with the game in the second quarter when they went 18-of-21 from the field (86 percent) and closed with a 26-7 run. Thomas scored all 14 of his first-half points —including four 3-pointers — during that stretch.

Jae Crowder had 19 points, Evan Turner 12 and David Lee 11 for the Celtics, who won for the fourth time in five games and pulled to 3-3 at home.

The margin of victory was Boston's largest of the season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Hornets put five players in double figures in a 113-88 victory over Philadelphia that kept the 76ers winless. The Sixers dropped to 0-13 and haven't won since March 27. They have lost 23 in a row overall and are three losses shy of tying the NBA record that they already share. The Hornets are 5-1 at home after winning their past five home games. Point guard Kemba Walker added 20 points and seven assists for Charlotte, which led by as much as 26. Nerlens Noel led the Sixers with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first game he has not started this season. The Hornets took an early dominating lead thanks to Jefferson's first-half performance. The 6-foot-10 center missed his first two attempts then sank six straight field goals.

LATE THURSDAY: With an NBA championship in their back pocket, the Warriors never feel as though they're out of a game. Even when trailing by 23 in the first half.

Stephen Curry scored 40 and Golden State made 8 of 9 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to beat the host Clippers 124-117 for their 13th straight victory to start the season.

"Obviously, you don't get a trophy for it, but it's just a nice story line and a nice way to start the season," Curry said. "We want to enjoy this."

Klay Thompson added 25 points, Harrison Barnes 21 and Draymond Green 19 for the Warriors, one of four teams in history to open 13-0. The defending champs improved to 6-0 on the road while completing the biggest comeback in the league this season.

"We just continued to fight and even when they were hitting everything, it still never felt like they were just controlling the game," Green said. "When it's like that, you've got a shot at winning."

The Warriors were 11-of-15 from the field in the fourth, when they made 9 of 10 free throws and outrebounded the Clippers 11-6.

"Those numbers are insane," said Clippers star Blake Griffin, who had 27 points but was limited to one free throw and three shots in the fourth. "They're the better team. We're trying to get to where they're at."

The Warriors withstood five turnovers, some of which allowed the Clippers to stretch their lead from three points to 10 with five minutes left.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Cavaliers said center Timofey Mozgov could miss the next two weeks with a strained shoulder, and guard Mo Williams is out for the next two games. Mozgov, who is still working himself into shape after having offseason knee surgery, left in the first half Thursday and did not return half. An MRI exam revealed a strained right deltoid, and the team said he will be out at least 10 days. Williams will miss tonight's game and Monday's with a sore right ankle. … Cavs guard J.R. Smith has been accused of choking a 19-year-old high school student in New York after the teen made a remark about Smith's trade from the Knicks, the New York Daily News reported. Smith, 30, has not been arrested in connection to the Nov. 13 incident. … Wizards forward Martell Webster is expected to miss the entire season after having surgery to repair the labrum and damaged cartilage in his right hip. … Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and center Omer Asik returned to the lineup. Davis injured his left shoulder Tuesday, and Asik missed the past two games because of a stomach illness.

Celtics 120, Nets 95

BROOKLYN (95): J.Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, T.Young 7-17 0-2 14, Lopez 5-9 4-4 14, Jack 3-8 4-4 11, Hollis-Jefferson 5-12 2-3 13, Robinson 2-7 2-4 6, Larkin 4-8 1-2 10, Karasev 2-4 0-0 5, Bargnani 2-8 1-1 5, Bogdanovic 3-7 1-2 9, Ellington 1-1 0-0 3, Brown 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 35-89 17-24 95.

BOSTON (120): Crowder 8-12 0-0 19, A.Johnson 4-6 0-0 8, Sullinger 3-6 2-2 8, Thomas 7-15 0-1 18, Smart 2-5 2-2 7, Bradley 10-13 0-0 21, Olynyk 2-5 0-0 4, Jerebko 0-3 1-1 1, Turner 5-7 2-2 12, Lee 5-5 1-2 11, Zeller 3-5 0-0 6, Hunter 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 51-87 8-10 120.

Brooklyn 19 23 25 28— 95

Boston 23 43 25 29— 120

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 8-19 (Bogdanovic 2-3, Ellington 1-1, J.Johnson 1-2, Jack 1-3, Larkin 1-3, Karasev 1-3, Hollis-Jefferson 1-4), Boston 10-29 (Thomas 4-9, Crowder 3-6, Bradley 1-1, Smart 1-4, Hunter 1-4, Turner 0-1, Olynyk 0-2, Jerebko 0-2). Fouled OutOlynyk. ReboundsBrooklyn 55 (Hollis-Jefferson 11), Boston 44 (Olynyk 10). AssistsBrooklyn 17 (Jack 5), Boston 39 (Thomas 9). Total FoulsBrooklyn 13, Boston 19. TechnicalsBrown. A18,361 (18,624).

Hornets 113, 76ers 88

PHILADELPHIA (88): Grant 6-9 0-2 12, Covington 1-7 7-7 9, Okafor 4-12 2-3 10, McConnell 2-8 0-0 5, Stauskas 5-12 2-2 15, Thompson 3-9 0-0 9, Noel 7-9 2-4 16, Canaan 3-7 1-2 8, Pressey 0-1 0-0 0, Sampson 1-4 2-2 4, Wood 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-79 16-22 88.

CHARLOTTE (113): Batum 4-9 3-3 14, Williams 3-7 3-3 11, Jefferson 11-19 4-5 26, Walker 7-12 4-4 20, Lin 3-8 2-2 9, Lamb 4-10 3-3 13, Kaminsky 4-4 0-0 9, Hawes 1-6 2-2 4, Roberts 1-3 0-0 2, Hansbrough 2-3 0-0 5, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-81 21-22 113.

Philadelphia 19 22 29 18— 88

Charlotte 30 32 23 28— 113

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 8-26 (Thompson 3-6, Stauskas 3-8, Canaan 1-3, McConnell 1-3, Sampson 0-2, Covington 0-4), Charlotte 12-25 (Batum 3-4, Williams 2-3, Lamb 2-4, Walker 2-5, Hansbrough 1-1, Kaminsky 1-1, Lin 1-3, Hawes 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 50 (Noel 9), Charlotte 45 (Jefferson 10). AssistsPhiladelphia 21 (McConnell 6), Charlotte 25 (Walker 7). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 18, Charlotte 21. A17,926 (19,077).

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