Boston over Washington in Key Eastern Conference Faceoff
BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Avery Bradley added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jae Crowder and Al Horford each scored 16 with nine boards for Boston, which moved 2½ games ahead of the Wizards for second place in the East. The Celtics trail first-place Cleveland by two games.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 19 points, and John Wall had 16 points with eight assists.
In other games: —Jeff Teague scored 21 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 107-100 Indiana continued its trend of following a loss with a win — failing to do either in consecutive games since Feb. 16. The win helped the Pacers maintain the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
—Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.
—Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime. Orlando overcame a 17-point second-half deficit. Fournier led the way in OT with eight points, and Terrence Ross had four points in the extra session and 15 overall.
—Klay Thompson scored 34 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 111-95 victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook was held to 15 points for the home team on 4 of 16 shooting.
— James Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124. Harden had 39 points, 11 assists and was three rebounds shy of his 20th triple-double of the season.
— Blake Griffin scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 13 points and 13 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 114-105. The Clippers (42-29) pulled to within one game of the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference. The fading Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis' 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Derek Rose had 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 16. Largely using their bench, they cut the 25-point deficit to seven points in final minutes.