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The Boston Celtics rallied for a 140-129 overtime triumph over the host Charlotte Hornets on Monday night, with Jayson Tatum scoring 41 points and Jaylen Brown adding 30

After Dennis Schroder’s 3-pointer knotted the game at 129 with 2:41 left in overtime, Brown responded with a three of his own and a thunderous slam at the 1:21 mark. Schroder hit four more free throws in a row, and Tatum added two more to put the game out of reach.

Brown had nine rebounds and Tatum had eight assists. Boston Celts had lost two in a row to start the season before winning 107-97 against Houston on Sunday. Schroder had 23 points, eight assists, and six rebounds.

The Hornets were led by Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball, who both scored 25 points. Bridges, who had been selected Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier in the day, also had 10 rebounds. The ball dished out nine assists.

Butler scores 36, Heat pull away to top Magic 107-90

Jimmy Butler kept getting to the rim, and predictably, scoring suddenly became pretty easy.

Butler scored 36 points on 15-for-21 shooting, Bam Adebayo added 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 107-90 on Monday night.

Bam Adebayo scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double to start the season. The Heat got 16 points from Markieff Morris, who came off the bench. Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs each scored 15 points to lead the Magic.

Bucks defeated Pacers 119-109.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and handed out nine assists, while Khris Middleton added 27 points to help Milwaukee beat Indiana in Indianapolis.

Milwaukee led by double digits for most of the second half thanks to an 11-2 run that started at halftime and continued into the early third quarter. The chasm widened to as much as 18 points.

With 25 points and seven assists, Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers, but he also had seven turnovers. Domantas Sabonis had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Nets defeated the Wizards by a score of 104 to 90.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Brooklyn led virtually the entire way in a victory over Washington in New York.

Durant shot 9 of 17 from the field in 35 minutes after scoring 38 points the night before. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Patty Mills, a Nets reserve, ended with 21 points and five 3-pointers.

With 19 points, Bradley Beal led the Wizards. Washington, which shot 34.7 per cent from the field, was led by Daniel Gafford with 13 points.

Bulls 111, Raptors 108

DeMar DeRozan led visiting Chicago to win with 26 points, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter. After Toronto had narrowed the margin to two points late in the fourth quarter, DeRozan, a former Raptor, nailed three crucial jump shots.

Fred VanVleet of Toronto missed a last-second 3-point effort that would have knotted the game.

Toronto’s Fred VanVleet missed a 3-point attempt in the final second that would have tied the game.

For the Bulls, who have won four games in a row to start the season, Zach LaVine added 22 points. OG Anunoby led the Raptors with 22 points, while VanVleet had 15 points and 17 assists.

Cavaliers defeated Nuggets 99 to 87

Jarrett Allen had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Kevin Love scored 22 points and visiting Cleveland won at Denver.

For the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton had 14 points, Lauri Markkanen had 12 points, and Evan Mobley had 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Nuggets, who had 22 turnovers, were led by Nikola Jokic, who had 24 points and 19 rebounds.

Pelicans defeted Timberwolves 107 to 98

New Orleans defeated Minnesota in Minneapolis, with Brandon Ingram scoring 27 points and Jonas Valanciunas contributing 22 points and 23 rebounds.

The Pelicans rebounded from a 96-89 loss in Minnesota on Saturday with 21 points from Devonte’ Graham and 17 points from Nickeil Alexander-Walker. They turned the ball over 20 times, which was a major improvement after the franchise-record-tying 30 turnovers they had in the previous game.
For the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds, Anthony Edwards had 28 points, and Patrick Beverley had 13.

Hawks defeted Pistons 122 to 104

Trae Young rebounded from a poor shooting effort to lead Atlanta to a season-high 32 points and a win over Detroit.

Cam Reddish scored 17 points off the bench for Atlanta, including three 3-pointers, while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter each had 14 points.

Kelly Olynyk and Saddiq Bey both scored 21 points for Detroit, a season-high for each, while Josh Jackson added 18 points. The Pistons were without Jerami Grant for the game (left elbow infection).

Clippers defeted Trail Blazers 116 to 86

Los Angeles rolled to an easy victory over Portland because of Luke Kennard’s 23 points off the bench. Los Angeles won its third game of the season as Kennard hit 8 of 10 field-goal attempts, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Clippers beat the Trail Blazers for the sixth time in a row, with Reggie Jackson scoring 18 points and Paul George adding 16 points and a career-high eight steals.

CJ McCollum scored 20 points for Portland, which lost for the second time in three games under new coach Chauncey Billups after making 30 turnovers. Damian Lillard scored 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting, missing all eight of his three-point attempts.

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