BOSTON (AP) — Hoping to avoid a 28th straight loss that would match the longest losing streak in NBA history, the Detroit Pistons forced overtime against the league-best Boston Celtics on Thursday night before Boston recovered to win 128-122.
Despite making it to overtime for the first time in the skid, Detroit matched the “Trust the Process” Philadelphia 76ers with 28 consecutive losses. The Pistons need a victory at home against Toronto on Saturday night to avoid breaking the record.
Detroit opened a season-high 21-point lead in the first half only to trail 106-100 in the final two minutes of regulation. Jaden Ivey scored six straight points to erase the deficit, then Bojan Bogdanovic made a putback with 4.6 seconds left to send it to OT.
But Derrick White scored 10 of his 23 points in the extra period and Kristaps Porzingis had six in the overtime — dunking after a full-court pass from Jayson Tatum and then sinking a pair of free throws to make it 125-117. Porzingis had 35 points — 11 in the fourth quarter, and eight of those during a 10-0 run that turned a four-point deficit lead into a 106-100 lead.
Tatum had 31 points 10 assists for Boston, which won their fourth straight and their ninth in the last 10 games. Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 31 points and nine assists. Ivey had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jalen Duren had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Pistons set the NBA record for most consecutive losses in a season Tuesday night with their 27th in a row, a 118-112 loss to Brooklyn. The Sixers’ streak stretched over two seasons, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
NUGGETS 142, GRIZZLIES 105
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists on a perfect shooting night and Denver Nuggets had their highest-scoring game of the season to rout short-handed Memphis Grizzlies.
Jokic made 11 field goals, including a 3-pointer and three throws without a miss. He has 11 triple-doubles this season and 116 overall.
Memphis played without Ja Morant because of an illness. Morant missed his first game since returning from a 25-game suspension at the start of the season. The Grizzlies had won all four games in which Morant has played since making his season debut.
Desmond Bane led Memphis with 23 points,
TIMBERWOLVES 118, MAVERICKS 110
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored a season-high 44 points and Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 11 rebounds in Minnesota Timberwolves’ victory over Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic on the second night of back-to-back games. Dallas fell at Cleveland 113-110 on Wednesday night. Doncic missed his third game of the season with left quadriceps soreness, while Kyrie Irving missed his 11th straight with a right heel contusion.
Minnesota improved to 13-1 at home. The Timberwolves trailed by one point midway through the third period before going on a 15-3 run to gain control.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 points for Dallas.
LAKERS 133, HORNETS 112
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 17 points and 11 assists two days before his 39th birthday, Anthony Davis had 26 points and eight rebounds and Los Angeles Lakers sent Charlotte Hornets to their ninth straight loss.
Rui Hachimura scored 17 points and Austin Reaves had 16 for the Lakers, who won for just the third time in nine games since winning the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament nearly three weeks ago. Los Angeles pulled away from the struggling Hornets with a blazing 41-point third quarter led by Hachimura and James, who scored 12 points apiece.
Miles Bridges scored 20 points for Charlotte.
PACERS 120, BULLS 104
CHICAGO (AP) — NBA assists leader Tyrese Haliburton had a career-high 20 without a turnover and scored 21 points to help Indiana Pacers hold off Chicago Bulls.
Questionable to play before the game because of a sore lower back, Haliburton became the fifth player in NBA history to have 20 or more assists without a turnover, following Kevin Porter (1978), John Lucas (1983), Rickey Green (1984) and Chris Paul (2016).
Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points, and Buddy Hield added 19 points. Haliburton made three late 3-pointers to quell a furious Bulls rally, which had seen them take a 93-90 lead with eight minutes remaining after trailing by as much as 25.
Patrick Williams led Chicago with 22 points.
HEAT 114, WARRIORS 102
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tyler Herro had 26 points and seven rebounds to help short-handed Miami Heat beat Golden State Warriors for their fourth straight victory.
Star forward Jimmy Butler sat out his fourth straight game because of strained left calf, while Kyle Lowry (soreness), Caleb Martin (sprained right ankle) and Josh Richardson (back discomfort) also were unavailable for the Heat.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 13 points each for Golden State. The Warriors dropped back under .500 overall at 15-16.
SPURS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 105
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Victor Wembanyama had 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and seven blocks and San Antonio Spurs beat Portland Trail Blazers to snap a five-game losing streak.
Wembanyama had 30 or more points for the third time this season. The No. 1 pick in the draft had 30 in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 13 and 38 in a win over Phoenix on Nov. 2.
Scoot Henderson had 25 points, four assists and six turnovers for Portland.
PELICANS 112, JAZZ 105
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram highlighted a 26-point performance with a 3-pointer that sparked an 8-2 run in the final 2:35 and New Orleans Pelicans held off Utah Jazz.
Collin Sexton scored 26 points for Utah, which had won their previous three during a five-game trip that ended in New Orleans.
CJ McCollum added 22 points for New Orleans, and Zion Williamson had 21 points and 10 rebounds.