Jayson Tatum had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Jaylen Brown scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Toronto Raptors 116-110. Marcus Smart scored 18 points after sitting out Sunday’s win at Brooklyn because of a bruised left hip. Blake Griffin scored 13 points and Luke Kornet had 11 for the Celtics, who own the NBA’s best record at 20-5. Pascal Siakam scored 29 points, Scottie Barnes had 21 and Gary Trent Jr. 20 but Toronto lost for the first time in four home games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored five of his 34 points in the final two minutes Monday night to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold off a late Orlando rally in a 109-102 win over the Magic. Bobby Portis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, and Jrue Holiday added 17 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. Franz Wagner led Orlando with 25 points. Markelle Fultz and Paolo Banchero added 20 points each. Banchero also had 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their ninth straight.
Jalen Green scored 27 points and Kevin Porter Jr. added 24 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 132-123 double-overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as James Harden struggled through his return from injury. Harden had 21 points but shot 4 for 19 from the field in his first game since Nov. 2. Coach Doc Rivers said Harden, who spent just more than eight seasons with the Rockets before being traded to Brooklyn in January 2021, would be on a minutes restriction in his return. But Harden didn’t seem to be limited much, and played 39 minutes.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points, Josh Giddey had 12 of his 17 points in the final period, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks 121-114. Dejounte Murray finished with 24 points and Trae Young had 23 points and 10 assists for the Hawks (13-11), who have squandered six double-digit leads this season. They began the night tied for second-most in the NBA in that category. In winning its third straight, Oklahoma City (11-13) has outscored its last three opponents 106-68 in the fourth. The Thunder trailed 88-84 entering the final period.
Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s disappointing 101-93 loss to the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies (15-9) on Monday night at FedExForum to close its four-game trip at 2-2. The Heat (11-13) now returns to Miami to begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons (6-19) (7…
The Philadelphia Phillies have landed Trea Turner, agreeing to a $300 million, 11-year contract with the dynamic shortstop. The deal includes a no-trade clause, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no immediate announcement. Turner joins a Philadelphia team that made it to the World Series this year before losing to the Houston Astros. He also reunites with slugger Bryce Harper after the two played together with the Washington Nationals from 2015-18.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is having issues at the foul line again. Not with his accuracy. It's his timing. For the second time in his team's last three games, the Milwaukee Bucks’ star had a free throw taken away because he didn’t shoot it within the allotted 10 seconds. That's a problem that has dogged him at various times throughout his career. For the season, Antetokounmpo is shooting a career-worst 62% from the foul line.
Philadelphia Phillies executive Kevin Gregg has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Major League Baseball made the announcement Monday at the winter meetings. Gregg, son of late National League umpire Eric Gregg, is the vice president of baseball communications for the Phillies. Gregg has worked full-time in MLB for 16 seasons. He started in 2003 while interning with the Phillies and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Gregg spent nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox and returned to the Phillies in 2022. The Fishel Award is named for the former executive with Cleveland, the St. Louis Browns, the New York Yankees and the American League Office. Former Fishel winners and MLB officials vote on the award.
BOSTON (AP) — Reilly Smith scored the only goal of the shootout in the fifth round to give Vegas a 4-3 win in coach Bruce Cassidy's return to Boston on Monday night, snapping the Bruins' NHL-record 14-game home win streak to open the season.
Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has re-signed with the team in a one-year deal worth $20 million. The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium. Last April, Kershaw became the Dodgers' all-time strikeout leader and he ranks 24th all-time with 2,807. For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn't extend a qualifying offer to Kershaw in order to give him additional time to mull his future.
Luka Doncic scored 33 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 21 and the Dallas Mavericks preserved a big lead against the Phoenix Suns this time in a 130-111 victory. The Mavericks ended a 10-game regular-season losing streak against the Suns. Dallas squandered a 22-point lead in the second half of a 107-105 loss at Phoenix in the season opener between teams that met in the West semifinals last season. Dallas won that series last spring with a Game 7 rout on the Suns’ home court. Deandre Ayton scored 20 points for the Suns.