Knicks hold off Celtics in overtime, Pistons top Nets


New York's Julius Randle scored 37 points Thursday as the Knicks handed the NBA-leading Celtics a third straight defeat with a 120-117 overtime victory in Boston.

Randle added nine rebounds and Jalen Brunson scored 29 points with four rebounds, seven assists and a crucial block as time expired as the Knicks thwarted Boston's comeback bid.

Boston's Jayson Tatum celebrated his selection as an All-Star starter with 35 points and 14 rebounds. Jaylen Brown scored 22 points with nine rebounds.

But Boston's star duo also combined for six key turnovers, and Brown missed two free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining to hurt Boston's cause.

Randle, meanwhile, drained a pair of clutch free throws with 21.2 seconds left and RJ Barrett added another two foul shots before Brunson swatted away a potential game-tying three-pointer by Malcolm Brogdon as time ticked off in overtime.

"We've been in these games before," Randle told broadcaster TNT after the Knicks squandered a late 12-point lead but managed to hang on for their first win in Boston since January of 2021.

"All year we've been in up and down games. We've lost those games at the end, we've won them at the end, so there's a sense of being comfortable in those positions and knowing how to execute whether you're up or down."

Tatum scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, but he missed a potential game-winner and when teammate Robert Williams grabbed the rebound Boston's Jericho Sims blocked his put-back attempt.

The Detroit Pistons, owners of the worst record in the Eastern Conference, sprung a surprise in Brooklyn, where Kyrie Irving's 40 points weren't enough for the Nets in a 130-122 defeat.

Saddiq Bey scored 25 points to lead eight Pistons players in double figures -- despite the absence of star guard Cade Cunningham, backup point guard Cory Joseph and center Marvin Bagley.

Alec Burks scored 20 points for the Pistons, who ended a four-game losing streak as they rebounded from an embarrassing loss to Milwaukee on Monday in which they gave up 150 points.

The Pistons capitalized on their size advantage against the short-handed Nets, who were again without star Kevin Durant and saw Ben Simmons depart early with a sore left knee.

In Charlotte, the Hornets celebrated LaMelo Ball's return from a three-game injury absence with a 111-96 come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Terry Rozier scored 28 points, Mason Plumlee added 21 and 12 rebounds and Ball, despite a tough shooting night, chipped in 15 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

DeMar DeRozan led Chicago with 28 points but Charlotte, who trailed 55-47 at halftime, effectively shut down the Bulls in the latter stages.

The Hornets, who had lost seven of their previous nine games, limited the Bulls to 17 points on 21.7% shooting in the fourth quarter.