Kyrie Irving (11)
Kyrie Irving (11)
BOSTON – Marcus Morris made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining as the Boston Celtics snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder’s winning streak with a 100-99 decision Tuesday night in Boston. Russell Westbrook missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have given Oklahoma City its seventh straight victory, one shy of its season high.
Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Morris added 21 points as the Celtics bounced back from a 108-89 loss in New Orleans on Sunday to win for the fourth time in eight March games. It was Tatum’s first-career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Westbrook had 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to lead Oklahoma City, but his streak of games with a triple-double ended at five. Paul George added 24 points and 13 rebounds, Steven Adams had 14 points and seven boards, and Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points for the Thunder.
Greg Monroe contributed 17 points and six rebounds, Terry Rozier added 14 points and Shane Larkin had 13 points for the Celtics, who had lost three of their last four coming in and were short-handed on Tuesday.
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving missed his fourth consecutive game with soreness in his left knee, and he is set to receive a second opinion on his knee. Boston’s Jaylen Brown (concussion) sat out for the fifth straight game while Marcus Smart (right thumb sprain) missed his fourth in a row.
Shane Larkin’s 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer brought the Celtics within 75-73 entering the fourth.
Westbrook hit a pair of free throws with 24.7 seconds remaining to put Oklahoma City up 98-92. Tatum answered with a finger roll layup with 17.6 ticks left before Westbrook made 1 of 2 at the foul line with 16.8 left to make it 99-94.
Rozier hit a 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds to go and Anthony missed both of his free throws with 8.4 seconds left, setting up Morris’ heroics after a Boston timeout.
The Thunder were up 48-45 at halftime after leading by as many as 10 in the first half.
Before the game, the NBA announced it had fined Morris $15,000 for his verbal abuse of a game official following the loss to the Pelicans.
Oklahoma City hosts the Miami Heat on Friday. Boston opens a four-game road trip Friday in Portland.
–Field Level Media
BOSTON – The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed the challenge of facing the top two teams in the Eastern Conference in back-to-back games and already knocked off one with a 132-125 win at the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The Thunder will try to make it a 2-0 trip and run their overall winning streak to seven in a row when they visit the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook notched his fifth straight triple-double with 37 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds on Sunday and scored 17 of his team’s final 19 points. “They were trying to shade me one way. That’s fine,” Westbrook told reporters. “It doesn’t really matter which way I go. So, whichever way, I just take what the defense gives me.” The Celtics have their own All-Star point guard capable of putting up big numbers but Kyrie Irving (knee) sat out his third straight game on Sunday as Boston fell at the New Orleans Pelicans 108-89 — its third setback in the last four games. Irving, who leads the Celtics in scoring (24.4 points), assists (5.1) and field-goal percentage (.491), has already been ruled out for Tuesday.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, FS Oklahoma
ABOUT THE THUNDER (43-29): Oklahoma City is sitting in fourth place in the West and had all five starters score in double figures on Sunday, including 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting from center Steven Adams. “(Adams) does so many things and (scoring’s) a part of his game obviously that people overlook because of all the other great things he does,” Westbrook told reporters. “His success rate is very, very high when he gets the ball where he wants, and he can get to any spot, move anybody. I’m just lucky and happy he’s on our team.” The 25 points matched a season high for Adams, who added eight rebounds and four assists in the win.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (47-23): Irving isn’t the only player on a growing injury list for Boston, and second-leading scorer Jaylen Brown (14.1 points) missed the last four games while going through the league’s concussion protocol and is also not expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday. The Celtics averaged 90.5 points in the last two games without Brown and Irving and shot 40.2 percent from the floor in Sunday’s setback at New Orleans. “We’re going to have to figure out how to score as long as Jaylen and Kyrie are out,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters.
1. Thunder PF Carmelo Anthony is 16-of-29 from 3-point range over the last four games.
2. Celtics PG Terry Rozier is starting in place of Irving and is averaging 17 points in the last three games.
3. Boston got 25 points from Irving in a 101-94 win at Oklahoma City on Nov. 3.
NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis had 34 points and 11 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a slow start and routed the shorthanded Boston Celtics 108-89 on Sunday at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The Pelicans, playing the second half of a back-to-back, started slowly but outscored the Celtics 61-40 in the second half.
Cheick Diallo added a season-high 17 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and 10 rebounds and E’Twaun Moore scored 11 for the Pelicans, who had lost four of their previous five games and dropped to eighth place in the Western Conference.
Pelicans forward Solomon Hill made his season debut and played eight minutes. He had been sidelined due to surgery to repair a torn hamstring last August.
Five Celtics were sidelined by injury, including Kyrie Irving, who missed his third straight game because of left knee soreness, and Marcus Smart, who missed his third straight game because of a sprained right thumb.
Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, Marcus Morris added 17, Terry Rozier had 13 and Greg Monroe 12 for Boston.
The Pelicans shot 50 percent (41 of 82) from the floor, and the Celtics shot 40.2 percent (35 of 87).
The Celtics led by two at halftime, but the Pelicans started the third quarter with an 11-3 run to take a 58-52 lead.
New Orleans took its biggest lead, 76-65, before Shane Larkin made a 3-pointer that started a run to bring Boston within 82-76 after three quarters.
Six different Pelicans scored two points each and the Celtics managed just a 3-pointer by Semi Ojeleye as New Orleans opened a 94-79 lead.
Morris made a jumper for the Celtics’ second basket in 5 1/2 minutes, but Moore made a 3-pointer and Davis had a layup to help New Orleans build a 101-81 lead.
Boston scored the first eight points of the game and Morris finished with 11 as the Celtics held a 28-20 lead after the first quarter.
Diallo came off the bench to score 10 points and Davis had nine as New Orleans closed within 49-47 at halftime.
–Field Level Media
Ray Allen met President Obama as a member of the champion Miami Heat
NEW ORLEANS – The Boston Celtics got back one of several injured players while snapping a two-game slide in Orlando, but they figure to remain short-handed when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Kyrie Irving (knee) has missed two straight contests while fellow starting guard Jaylen Brown (concussion) has no timetable for a return, and with the Celtics comfortably in second place in the Eastern Conference, there is no rush for either player to come back.
All-Star Al Horford did manage to return from an illness to produce 15 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s 92-83 win over the Magic as Boston won its third straight on the road. “It wasn’t pretty,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after his team held Orlando to 39.1 percent shooting. “We obviously didn’t make a ton of shots, but our defense was pretty darn good.” Despite receiving 26 points and 13 rebounds from Anthony Davis, the Pelicans dropped a 107-101 home decision to Houston on Saturday and remain in a tight eight-team race for six playoff spots in the Western Conference. Davis scored 45 points to lead New Orleans to a 116-113 overtime triumph at Boston on Jan. 16, evening the all-time series at 17 wins apiece.
TV: 6 p.m. ET, NBCS Boston, FS New Orleans
ABOUT THE CELTICS (47-22): Terry Rozier has made the most of his opportunities when Irving has been out this season and is averaging 19.4 points in five starts after scoring 17 at Orlando. “I’m just not even thinking about it,” Rozier told reporters. “I’m going out there and having a lot of fun and just playing the right way. My coaches and my teammates do a great job of just giving me that confidence and letting me build off of it.” Shane Larkin also has seen his playing time increase with Irving out and is averaging 10.5 points while making 3-of-4 3-pointers over his last two games.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (39-30): Alvin Gentry became the latest coach to criticize the officiating after railing against the referees following Saturday’s loss – particularly as it relates to Davis, who attempted just four free throws in 36 minutes. “AD, he never gets a call,” Gentry told reporters. “You know why? Because he doesn’t (moan) and complain about it … You can’t guess on plays when teams are playing for playoff spots.” Gentry chose to rest point guard Rajon Rondo, who registered 17 assists and five steals against Charlotte on Tuesday, in the opener of New Orleans’ back-to-back set.
1. Celtics C Greg Monroe has averaged 16.5 points over his last two contests while making 14-of-17 shots.
2. Davis has recorded at least a double-double in 10 of his last 11 games.
3. Boston rookie SF Abdel Nader has scored in double digits in each of his last two games after doing so just once in his first 33 contests.
The statement noted Smart underwent “successful surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.”
BOSTON – Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris hit 3-pointers and Bradley Beal capped a 34-point performance with a three-point play, helping the Washington Wizards run away from the shorthanded Boston Celtics in the second overtime Wednesday night before holding on for a 125-124 victory at TD Garden in Boston.
Jayson Tatum misfired on a potential game-winning 3-point attempt with 3.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime, concluding a valiant effort by a Celtics team missing starters Kyrie Irving (sore left knee), Al Horford (illness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion).
The Celtics appeared on their way to victory both in the final seconds of regulation play and the first overtime. After forcing a Wizards turnover on an inbounds play, Boston tied the game 115-all on a layup by Tatum with 3.1 seconds to go in the first overtime. Tatum, fouled on the play, had a chance to put the Celtics ahead, but missed the free throw, sending the game to a second overtime.
The Celtics likewise were in good shape after Marcus Morris’ 3-pointer put them up 103-99 with 44.5 seconds to play in regulation time.
But Tatum missed one of two free throws with 32.4 seconds to go, and Jodie Meeks converted a brilliant Porter assist into a game-tying hoop with 2.4 seconds remaining, forcing the first extra session.
Beal had a team-high nine assists to complement his 34 points for the Wizards, who were playing a 21st straight game without star guard John Wall.
Porter recorded an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double, and Markieff Morris, squaring off with his twin brother Marcus, added 20 points for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Marcus Morris poured in a team-high 31 points for the Celtics, who lost for just the third time in their last nine games.
Terry Rozier had 21 points and nine assists, Tatum finished with 19 points and Greg Monroe compiled a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double for Boston, which will play eight of its next 10 games on the road.
The Celtics seemed well in command early on, bolting out to a 21-6 lead in the first six minutes of the game behind Marcus Morris’ two 3-pointers.
The Wizards then spent the next 27 minutes chipping away at the deficit, which was 20 at one point. Washington rallied within 59-52 by halftime and completed its comeback on a floater by Tomas Satoransky that put it up 77-76 with 3:35 remaining in the third period.
–Field Level Media
Washington’s Otto Porter
The Boston Celtics will be severely shorthanded on Wednesday when they host the Washington Wizards. Star guard Kyrie Irving is among the four players who will miss the contest while power forward Al Horford is questionable due to illness.
Irving continues to deal with left knee soreness that will cause him to sit out for the second time in four games while point guard Marcus Smart (thumb), shooting guard Jaylen Brown (concussion) and forward Daniel Theis (knee) will also be in street clothes for a team that has dealt with injuries since losing small forward Gordon Hayward to a broken ankle in the season opener. “We are equipped and we will battle on, I think is the way you got to look at it,” Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “I’ve never been in a season that’s been like this. Obviously it started right out of the gate this way with Gordon.” Washington is struggling with five losses in its past seven games after losing 116-111 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday and coach Scott Brooks was dismayed over his club’s interior defense after allowing 64 points in the paint. “You can’t expect your bigs to protect you every time. You got to guard, you got to guard the ball,” Brooks told reporters. “You can’t keep saying the same things every game. It’s been four games now, and we’ve given up over 60 points in the paint. It’s a personal pride.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, NBCS Boston
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (38-30): All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal is aware of Boston’s injury issues and feels there is no excuse for not winning Wednesday’s contest. “We need it, we need to win,” Beal told reporters after Tuesday’s setback. “It’s plain and simple. It’s not anything we need to pinpoint on doing, we know who we’re playing, we know what environment we’re going to be in, so there should be nothing new for us. Just go out there and get a win, whatever it takes.” Beal scored 19 points against the Timberwolves on a night in which power forward Markieff Morris stood out with a season-high 27 points.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (46-21): Theis was ruled out for the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, an injury that occurred during the final minute of Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. The 25-year-old rookie from Germany has been a key member of the rotation with averages of 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while recording 48 blocked shots and 30 steals. “I appreciate the way that he approached every day, and he’ll approach the rehab the same way,” Stevens told reporters. “But you really feel for him. He was a guy that came in knowing he could play, but maybe not even expecting to have the type of season he had.”
1. The squads have split two meetings this season with the visiting team prevailing on both occasions.
2. Washington PG Tomas Satoransky continues to play well in place of injured All-Star John Wall (knee) and recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals against Minnesota.
3. Boston rookie SF Jayson Tatum scored 19 points versus Indiana for his best scoring effort since a 27-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 2.