Suns nip Knicks; Jokic drops 39 points as Nuggets rout Spurs
LOS ANGELES – Phoenix guard Devin Booker starred in New York, drilling a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining as the Suns kept their streak going with a 116-113 victory over the Knicks on Sunday (Monday Manila time).
Booker scored 28 points and handed out 11 assists for the Suns, who were without superstar Kevin Durant for a second straight game because of a sore right foot.
Jalen Brunson scored 35 points with six rebounds and eight assists for the Knicks, but his 3-point attempt as time expired rimmed out.
In Orlando, Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 30 points apiece to fuel the Magic's 130-117 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Paolo Banchero added 23 points and eight assists for the Magic, who outscored the Hornets 74-60 in the paint and parlayed 18 Charlotte turnovers into 28 points.
Up 61-57 at halftime, the Magic didn't trail in the second half. Anthony scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Orlando extend their lead to as many as 16.
Miles Bridges led Charlotte with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Hornets ultimately had no answer for a Magic team on its longest winning streak since a nine-win run in the 2010-11 season.
In Boston, Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, Jaylen Brown added 21 to propel the Celtics to a 113-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
The Celtics were without injured Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday, but after a lackluster loss to the Magic on Friday the short-handed hosts hustled for the victory.
Boston pulled down a season-high 58 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive glass.
Brown's rebound of teammate Derrick White's miss set Brown up for the highlight of the night -- a thunderous dunk over Atlanta's Clint Capela that brought the TD Garden fans to their feet.
Brown said holding the high-scoring Hawks to 103 points was key.
"If you play defense and hold a team to a reasonable amount (of points) it's always going to give you a chance to win," he said. "But also I think we won a lot of the hustle plays."
The NBA champion Denver Nuggets bounced back from a disappointing loss to Houston with a 132-120 victory over rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs.
Nikola Jokic scored 39 points with 11