Celtics 110, Pistons 98
Kyrie Irving scored 18 points and rookie Daniel Theis added a career-high 19 to lift host Boston over Detroit on Thursday.
Jayson Tatum scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half for the Celtics, who went into the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak but returned with a solid win on the road. Boston outscored the Pistons 38-21 in the second quarter.
Blake Griffin scored 17 points for the Pistons but shot just 5-of-19 from the field. Ish Smith made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points for the Pistons.
Bucks 122, Raptors 119
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Milwaukee snapped host Toronto’s seven-game win streak.
Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton each scored 21 points as the Bucks won the opener of an eight-game stretch against teams in playoff contention. Jason Terry scored 14 points.
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka had 18 points, and Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each scored 17.
Jonas Valanciunas’ buzzer-beating dunk for Toronto sent the game to overtime. He finished with 10 points.
Pacers 116, Hawks 93
Thaddeus Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and host Indiana never trailed in a rout of hapless Atlanta.
The 11th-year pro had 10 points by the end of the opening quarter and the Pacers led by 17 by halftime. They were ahead 83-66 entering the final quarter.
The Pacers (34-25) won their fourth in a row and improved to 15-6 since Jan. 6, the league’s best winning percentage (.714) in that span.
The Hawks (18-42), who have the NBA’s worst record, are 5-25 on the road and have dropped three in a row overall.
Rockets 120, Timberwolves 102
James Harden scored 31 points as Houston beat visiting Minnesota for its 11th straight victory.
The Timberwolves lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to an apparent right knee injury.
Butler left the game late in the third quarter. After grabbing a rebound late in the third quarter, he pivoted and planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee.
Clint Capela had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets. Chris Paul added 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Hornets 122, Wizards 105
Frank Kaminsky had a season-high 25 points, Kemba Walker had 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and Charlotte beat host Washington.
Charlotte jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half and matched its season high with 17 3-pointers in its third consecutive win. Marvin Williams scored 15 points, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14.
Washington returned from the All-Star break with a rousing 110-103 win at Cleveland on Thursday, but could not keep the momentum going despite All-Star Bradley Beal scoring 33 points.
The loss dropped the Wizards (34-25) into a fourth-place tie with Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
Pelicans 124, Heat 123 (OT)
Anthony Davis had 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots and five steals, and host New Orleans beat Miami for its fourth consecutive win.
Goran Dragic scored 30 points and Dwyane Wade hit two runners to give the Heat the lead twice in the last 36 seconds of overtime, but Davis responded to the first with a layup as he was fouled, and Jrue Holiday answered the second with a runner in the lane with seven seconds left.
Holiday finished with 29 points and nine assists. Ian Clark scored 21 points.
NBA: Kyrie Irving scores 18 as Celtics beat Pistons 110-98; Bucks defeat Raptors 122-119
Celtics 110, Pistons 98