NBA Roundup: Celtics cruise past Knicks for eighth straight win

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo, center left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Peter K. Afriyie/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 30 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 22 and the NBA-leading Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 116-102 on Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory.

Jayson Tatum had 19 points and Derrick White added 13 to help the Celtics sweep the four-game season series. They have won 10 of their last 11.

Jalen Brunson had 34 points for New York.


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DETROIT (AP) — Paolo Banchero broke a tie with a three-point play with 0.8 seconds left and finished with 15 points in Orlando’s victory over NBA-worst Detroit.

Orlando has won three straight and eight of its last 10.

Cade Cunningham had a tying layup with 12.4 seconds to go and, with a chance to send the game to overtime, he hit the rim on 70-plus-foot shot at the buzzer. Cunningham had 26 points for the Pistons.


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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and Minnesota beat Brooklyn to regain sole possession of the Western Conference lead.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points to help Minnesota rebound from a loss to Milwaukee on Friday night. The Timberwolves moved a half-game ahead of idle Oklahoma City.

Cam Thomas led Brooklyn with 18 points.

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