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Giannis dominates; Celtics win 11th in a row; Pistons, Magic keep surging

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Celtics (11-2) 90; Hornets (5-7) 87

Kyrie Irving (0/0/0) caught an errant elbow from teammate Aron Baynes (4/7/2) just two minutes into the game and did not return. Oddly enough, the Hornets outscored the Celtics 26-11 in the first quarter and Boston outscored Charlotte 26-11 in the fourth quarter to earn the comeback victory. Both teams struggled mightily offensively, as Boston went 35.7 percent from the field and Charlotte went 38.8 percent. Kemba Walker (20/5/11) had a double-double and was one of three Hornets to score in double-figures. The Celtics extended their NBA-best record with their 11th-straight victory.

Pistons (9-3) 111; Hawks (2-10) 104

Despite strong efforts by Kent Bazemore (22/5/5), Dennis Schroder (17/4/11) and rookie John Collins (16/8/1), Andre Drummond (16/20/7), Reggie Jackson (22/3/6) and Avery Bradley (20/4/0) led the Pistons to their ninth victory of the season. Detroit held a 57-41 lead at halftime and held on in the second half and Pistons starters combined to shoot 10-for-20 from beyond the arc.

Pacers (6-7) 105; Bulls (2-8) 87

Chicago had a sloppy offensive game, scoring 16 and 19 points in the first and second quarters respectively. The Bulls’ starting five combined for just 33 points and went 2-of-15 from three-point range in the losing effort. Bobby Portis (20/11/1) had a double-double off the bench in his second game of the season. Victor Oladipo (25/6/6) went 11-for-20 from the field to lead Indiana to the victory as Bojan Bogdanovic (22/7/1) was on fire from three, going 6-for-9. The Pacers shot 51.2 percent compared to Chicago’s 39.8 percent mark.

Thunder (5-7) 120; Clippers (5-6) 111

Despite a valiant effort by Lou Williams (35/7/3), who went 13-for-22, including 6-of-12 from three, the Clippers couldn’t slow down Paul George (42/9/7), who also went 13-of-22 shooting and 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. Russell Westbrook (22/3/8) went 8-of-16 shooting for the Thunder, who picked up a much-needed victory, snapping a four-game losing streak. Blake Griffin (17/6/5) shot just 5-for-19 in the loss for LA.

Bucks (5-6) 94; Spurs (7-5) 87

Giannis Antetokounmpo (28/12/5) put on a show yet again, going 12-for-24 shooting with four blocks on the defensive end as well. Eric Bledsoe (13/4/7) went 6-for-15 shooting in his Bucks debut. LaMarcus Aldridge (20/12/4) was sensational for the Spurs, going 8-of-14 from the floor while also blocking two shots. Milwaukee held onto a narrow lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Spurs by a low-scoring 18-17 margin to earn the win.

Magic (8-4) 128; Suns (4-9) 112

Aaron Gordon (22/7/3), Nikola Vucevic (19/7/2), Terrence Ross (17/4/2) and Jonathon Simmons (17/3/1) all scored 17-or-more points for Orlando, who won their eighth game of the season on the road. Alex Len (21/13/1) posted a double-double and surprisingly played 40 minutes for the Suns, likely due to Tyson Chandler’s absence. Devin Booker (9/4/5) came into the game averaging 22.3 points per game, but he disappeared in this one, going just 3-of-10 shooting for nine points.

Heat (6-6) 84; Jazz (5-7) 74

After scoring 49 points in the first half, the Jazz scored just 25 in the second half, including an eight-point showing in the third quarter. Miami erased a 12-point halftime deficit to pick up the road victory. Dion Waiters (21/2/1) led the Heat in scoring and Hassan Whiteside (8/20/0) had 20 boards, three steals and three blocks in a defensive-oriented showing. Rudy Gobert (12/12/0) posted a double-double for Utah and Rodney Hood (19/4/1) led the team in scoring despite going just 5-for-19 from the field.

Nets (5-7) 101; Trail Blazers (6-6) 97

D’Angelo Russell (21/4/9) led the Nets in scoring and was clutch down the stretch, hitting a number of shots late in the fourth quarter to ice the game for Brooklyn. Jusuf Nurkic (21/5/1) went 10-of-20 shooting to lead Portland, but Damian Lillard (19/9/6) and CJ McCollum (17/3/4) were surprisingly held in check by the previously-porous Nets defense. Brooklyn had 25 assists compared to 10 turnovers on 39 made field goals while Portland had 17 assists compared to 10 turnovers on 40 made field goals.

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