Celtics tie their 6th victory, Horford scores 9

NEW YORK — Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart scored 22 points apiece as the Boston Celtics clinched their sixth win, thrashing the underdog Brooklyn Nets 126-91 on Tuesday.

Dominican Al Horford finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the 22 minutes he was on the court.

Without Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the Nets were not competitive and suffered their ninth straight loss. Boston took a 28-2 lead in a game where the outcome was never in doubt.

Harden missed his third straight game with a tight left hamstring problem. Durant remains out with a sprained knee ligament and Irving cannot play at home because he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and the Celtics continued their strong run, passing the Nets for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

PELICANS 110, ROCKETS 97

NEW ORLEANS — Brandon Ingram scored 26 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Houston Rockets 110-97 on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to four.

Rookie Herb Jones had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double for the Pelicans, who led for much of the game and even led by as much as 19 points in the fourth quarter when Ingram scored and put the score 106-87.

Hours before the game, New Orleans agreed to a trade for CJ McCollum. Although the point guard was not yet available to play, the deal forced the Pelicans to play without two regular starters, Josh Hart and Nickell Alexander-Walker, who were traded to Portland.

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MAVERICKS 116, PISTONS 86

DALLAS.- Luka Doncic had 33 points and 11 assists, although he was three rebounds away from what would have been his third consecutive triple double, in the meeting that the Dallas Mavericks won this Tuesday by beating the Detroit Pistons 116-86 .

Jalen Bruson scored 21 points for the Mavs, who won their third straight and never trailed after Reggie Bullock’s 3-pointer broke the tie at 21 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

That ignited a 15-5 run for the rest of the quarter. Doncic scored the next six points for Dallas, before Trey Burke hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

NUGGETS 132, KNICKS 115

DENVER .- Rookie Bones Hyland scored 22 points, Nikola Jokic added 21 and the Denver Nuggets defeated the New York Knicks 132-115 on Tuesday, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss and the 10th in their last 12 games.

JaMychal Green and Will Barton each added 20 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 for Denver, which has won consecutive games after losing three in a row. It was his ninth straight victory against the Knicks and his 14th against New York at Denver.

Julius Randle had 28 points for the Knicks. Evan Fournier chipped in 21 and RJ Barrett added 18.

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