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Booker scores 70 in Suns' loss at Boston

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BOSTON (AP) Devin Booker is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just a few others in NBA history.

Booker scored 70 points , becoming the sixth different player to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.

David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor are the NBA's only other 70-point scorers. Baylor also held the previous record against the Celtics with 64 points in Minneapolis for the Lakers on Nov. 8, 1959.


James hurts eye as Cavs bounce back

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LeBron James sat at his locker dabbing his right eye with a wet compress while having difficulty keeping it open.

A battle scar from a rough night.


Wizards beat Nets, clinch playoff spot

WASHINGTON (AP) After waking up with a migraine headache on Friday, John Wall could at least go to bed knowing his Washington Wizards are back in the playoffs.

Wall overcame his symptoms to score 22 points, Bradley Beal added 19, and the Wizards defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 on Friday to help secure their third postseason berth in four years.


Curry, Green help Warriors' run hit 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) On a night when the Warriors were uncharacteristically off while shooting from the perimeter, they made up for it with the type of ball movement that has become the norm for coach Steve Kerr's team.

With the regular-season winding down, it's just another encouraging sign for a Golden State squad trying to secure home-court advantage through the playoffs.


Harden has 38, leads Rockets by Pelicans

HOUSTON (AP) After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night.

However, they weren't celebrating it.


Surging Bucks extend Hawks' slide to 6

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't waiting for the playoffs to play with postseason intensity.

The young All-Star threw down a windmill dunk, drew defensive attention to open up lanes for teammates and contorted his athletic, 6-foot-11 frame along the sideline to save a late possession for the Milwaukee Bucks.


Jokic's 31-17 help Nuggets down Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Nikola Jokic did a little bit of everything to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers.

Jokic had 31 points, 17 rebounds and a big 3-pointer to turn back a late Indiana rally, and Denver won 125-117 on Friday night.


Magic roll behind Payton's triple-double

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The late-season shift to a smaller and quicker lineup has seemed to benefit all of the remaining Orlando Magic players, especially Elfrid Payton.

The third-year player has been on an impressive run since Frank Vogel made the change to small ball just before All-Star break, and his latest impressive performance further damaged Detroit's playoff hopes.


Clarkson's 35 lead Lakers to OT victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) Credit Shaquille O'Neal with an unofficial assist in a rare Lakers victory.

The big man caused a scene when he ambled into Staples Center in the second quarter Friday night, fist-bumping fans before taking a courtside seat near his old team's bench.


Saric, Long spark 76ers' win over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) With many of his fellow high draftees sidelined, Dario Saric has turned into the leader for whatever is left of the Philadelphia 76ers.

He even deferred credit on his career night to one of his less-heralded teammates.

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