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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) Stephen Curry had 27 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 114-100 on Friday night.

Draymond Green added a season-best 23 points with eight assists, while Ian Clark scored 10 points to help the Warriors improve to an NBA-best 58-14. Golden State has won six straight since its season-high three-game losing streak.


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

Wilson Chandler scored 12 of his 24 points in the opening quarter, and Danilo Gallinari added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.


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.


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.


Lakers honor Shaq with bronze statue

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Lakers honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days outside Staples Center on Friday.

With his youngest son pulling a gold braided cord to drop a shiny gold curtain, O'Neal laid eyes upon something bigger than the big man himself. The statue of him completing a monster dunk with his legs in the air is 9 feet and weighs 1,200 pounds. It is suspended 10 feet in the air, attached to the arena's side. O'Neal is 7-foot-1 and was 325 in his playing days.