Devin Booker poured in 12 of his team-high 30 points during a 48-point, first-quarter explosion Sunday night that sent the host Phoenix Suns to a 140–111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in a matchup of possible first-round playoff opponents.
Deandre Ayton also contributed 10 points to the first-quarter flurry that put the Lakers in a 26-point hole and paved the way to a seventh loss in their last nine games despite a game-high 31 points from LeBron James.
Ayton finished with 23 points for the Suns, who successfully rebounded from a 117–112 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. In beating the Lakers for the third straight time this season by a total of 57 points, the Suns went from a 6–2 deficit to a 16–6 lead behind a pair of Booker 3-pointers.
Pelicans 130, Rockets 105Jonas Valanciunas had 32 points and 10 rebounds as host New Orleans ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Houston.
Jaxson Hayes added 21 points, Naji Marshall had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jose Alvarado had 16 points, 10 assists and six steals, Willy Hernangomez scored 12 points and Devonte' Graham 10 for the short-handed Pelicans.
Nets 110, Knicks 107Kevin Durant highlighted a season-high 53-point performance by hitting the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 56.3 seconds remaining as host Brooklyn edged New York.
Durant made 19 of 37 shots and his biggest hoop snapped a 103–103 tie. After Goran Dragic's defense forced New York's Julius Randle into a turnover, Durant spotted up from the left wing opposite New York's bench and cleanly hit a 3-pointer over RJ Barrett.
76ers 116, Magic 114 (OT)Joel Embiid had 35 points and 16 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer late in overtime, and Philadelphia overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat host Orlando.
James Harden finished with 26 points, making 13-of-15 free throws, on 5-for-19 shooting. He also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals as Philadelphia improved to 6–1 with Harden wearing a Sixers uniform.
Clippers 106, Pistons 102Marcus Morris Sr. fired in 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds and visiting Los Angeles rallied from 18 points down to defeat Detroit.
Ex-Piston Luke Kennard supplied 16 points off the bench for the Clippers, who have defeated Detroit in their last six meetings. Another ex-Piston, Reggie Jackson, contributed 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Ivica Zubac had 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Isaiah Hartenstein chipped in 12 points.
Mavericks 95, Celtics 92Spencer Dinwiddie hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds remaining to lift visiting Dallas over Boston. Luka Doncic had a game-high 26 points for the Mavericks, who have won seven of their last eight games and broke Boston's five-game winning streak.
Doncic, who was subbed out briefly due to left hamstring tightness, had 17 in the second half after scoring or assisting on 14 of the Mavericks' 18 first-quarter points. He hit a game-tying pull-up 3-pointer with 1:21 to play. Dorian Finney-Smith had 19, Dinwiddie added 18 and Jalen Brunson rounded out the double-digit scorers for Dallas with 14 points.
Hawks 131, Pacers 128Trae Young scored 47 points and Atlanta survived a late rally by visiting Indiana.
Young was 13 of 20 from the field, including seven 3-pointers, and was 14-for-14 on free throws, including four in the final 28.8 seconds to help nail down the win. It was the second-most points scored by Young and the seventh time he's scored 40-plus.
Grizzlies 125, Thunder 118Desmond Bane scored 21 points to lead Memphis to a road win over Oklahoma City.
The Grizzlies won their third consecutive game, while the Thunder have dropped five straight games and nine straight at home. Ja Morant finished with 17 points and 10 assists in the win.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points to lead the Thunder while Darius Bazley added a season-high 29.