BOSTON: Joel Embiid scored a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Boston Celtics their first home loss 115-109 on Thursday night.
Tobias Harris added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Mike Scott scored 15 on five 3-pointers as the 76ers won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in their last nine. Philadelphia narrowed the list of undefeated teams at home to itself and Miami.
Kemba Walker had 29 points, and Enes Kanter (20) and Daniel Theis (16) each enjoyed season-high scoring nights for the Celtics, who dropped their second straight.
Al Horford (knee, hamstring) missed his first game back in Boston since joining the 76ers as a free agent in the offseason. A Celtic for three seasons, he received a standing ovation when shown on the jumbotron.
Doncic posts triple-double
Luka Doncic recorded the first triple-double at an NBA neutral site in 46 years in Dallas Mavericks 122-111 victory over Detroit Pistons in Mexico City. Doncic dazzled NBA fans south of the border with 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. His triple-double was the 16th of his career, with his 41 points coming up one shy of his personal record in a triple-double, which he set last month against San Antonio.
Seth Curry matched his teammate with six 3-pointers en route to 30 points, one off his career-best. Andre Drummond registered a 23-point, 15-rebound double-double for Detroit, which was the designated home team in the contest.
Jokic, Grant shine
Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Jerami Grant also scored 20 points and host Denver Nuggets beat Portland Trail Blazers 114 -99, ending the Nuggets’ three-game skid.
Will Barton finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Gary Harris also scored 15 and Jamal Murray scored 12 points for Denver.
Hassan Whiteside had a game-high 33 points to go with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Trail Blazers. Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and nine rebounds in his first game against his former team since joining Portland.
LOVE NETS 30
Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, and pulled down 17 rebounds as visiting Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted San Antonio Spurs 117-109.
The Cavaliers snapped an eight-game losing streak on the second night of a home-road back to back. It was the third straight overtime game for the Spurs.
Collin Sexton added 28 points, with Jordan Clarkson hitting for 25 off the bench for Cleveland. DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 21 points while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and took 10 rebounds. — Reuters