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Tatum scores 51 as Celtics rout Wizards

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WASHINGTON (AP) This was quite a way for Jayson Tatum to break out of his shooting slump.

Tatum scored 51 points - 48 in the first three quarters - to help the Boston Celtics breeze to a 116-87 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Tatum made nine 3-pointers and shot 18 of 28 from the field. That was after he shot 0 for 17 beyond the arc in his previous three games.


Bucks' Allen banned 1 game for hard foul

NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen was suspended by the NBA for one game on Sunday for his hard foul on Alex Caruso that resulted in a broken right wrist for the Chicago Bulls guard.

Allen will serve his suspension Wednesday when the Bucks visit the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Warriors withstand rally to edge Jazz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry has been around long enough that he can be playful when it comes to his rare, recent shooting funk.

Are his hands healthy after a couple of recent minor injuries?


Heat hold on, push Lakers below .500

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat knew the run was coming. Even early in the fourth quarter, with a 23-point lead, Heat players were telling each other that the game wasn't over.

They were right. And they handled the moment - then moved atop the Eastern Conference.


Towns helps Wolves pull away from Nets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards scored 25 points, D'Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Brooklyn Nets 136-125 on Sunday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns overcame a poor shooting night, scoring 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolves put the game away, winning for the third time in four games.


Doncic, Porzingis carry Mavs by Memphis

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic had 37 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Kristaps Porzingis had 15 points, eight rebounds and a season-best six blocks as the Dallas Mavericks shut down the Memphis Grizzlies to win 104-91 on Sunday night.

The Mavericks never trailed and led by as many as 22 points in winning for the 11th time in their last 13 games. They took the season series 3-1 and pulled within four games of the Southwest Division-leading Grizzlies.


Wagner brothers put Magic over Bulls

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Moritz Wagner scored 23 points, younger brother Franz Wagner added 18, and the Orlando Magic defeated the short-handed Chicago Bulls 114-95 on Sunday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points for Chicago, while Coby White had 22 points. Nikola Vucevic hit two of Chicago's five 3-pointers and scored 13 points to go with his 13 rebounds before fouling out.


Barrett's big game lifts Knicks by Clips

NEW YORK (AP) RJ Barrett had 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-102 on Sunday.

Julius Randle had 24 points and nine rebounds, helping New York stop a three-game slide. Evan Fournier made four of the Knicks' 16 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.


Embiid has 38-12 as 76ers hold off Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Joel Embiid had 38 points and 12 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a late rally to beat the San Antonio Spurs 115-109 on Sunday night.

It was Embiid's 14th straight game with at least 25 points.


Jokic's run ends but Nuggets top Pistons


Nikola Jokic scored 34 points, including four free throws in the closing seconds, and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 117-111 Sunday night.

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