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Irving has 43, sparks Celtics to OT win

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BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving had 11 straight Boston points down the stretch and scored 17 in all in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter.

Then in overtime, he really turned it on.

The Celtics guard made or assisted on every basket in the extra period, finishing with 11 assists and a season-high 43 points on Friday night to lead Boston to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors.


Pelicans rally behind Davis' 43 and 17

NEW ORLEANS (AP) If not for Anthony Davis' determination to dominate inside for most of his 40 minutes on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans could have been blown out by the New York Knicks.

Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and New Orleans overcame an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat New York 129-124 on Friday night.


Butler has 28 in home debut as 76ers win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jimmy Butler had the sellout crowd chanting his name and singing his favorite theme song.

Butler scored 28 points in his home debut, Joel Embiid had 23 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 113-107 on Friday night.


Bucks score 46 in 3rd, rally past Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was seething over what he perceived as a lackadaisical effort in the first half Friday night and unloaded on his team at halftime.

Message delivered.


Nuggets add WNBA's Bird to front office

DENVER (AP) WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets' front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.

Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' president of basketball operations, said Bird's new title is basketball operations associate.


Wolves beat Blazers, 3-0 without Butler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Garnett showed up courtside, and that wasn't the only surprise in Minnesota on Friday night.

In their first week without erstwhile defensive stalwart Jimmy Butler, the new-look Timberwolves locked down one of the Western Conference's top teams.


Jackson, Gasol lead Grizzlies over Kings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) On a night that veteran Marc Gasol became Memphis' career rebound leader, it was the Grizzlies' youngster who showed off his offensive skills.

Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, Gasol added 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento Kings 112-104 on Friday night.


Reserve Evans sparks Pacers past Heat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tyreke Evans came off the bench and provided the spark that Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan knew he was capable of.

Evans hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points in leading the Pacers to a 99-91 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.


Nets end 3-game skid, snap Wizards' run

WASHINGTON (AP) Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson thinks the Nets can succeed without Caris LeVert.

They took the first step toward proving it Friday night.


Pelicans G Payton fractures finger

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say point guard Elfrid Payton has a fractured finger on his left hand.

Payton injured his finger in the first quarter of his first game back on Friday night after he'd missed New Orleans' nine previous games with a right ankle sprain.

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