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Mikal Bridges scored 25 points and Dario Saric had 14 with 13 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 106-94 victory over Boston. The NBA-leading Celtics lost for the fourth time in six games. Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul added 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Phoenix. The Suns had a 20-point, second-quarter lead trimmed to one by the end of the third. The Suns opened the fourth with eight straight points to turn back Boston’s rally. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics. Boston was coming off a 43-point victory over Brooklyn.

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Jaylen Brown scored 37 points, completing a tying 3-point play with 4.1 seconds left in regulation and adding 11 more in overtime as the NBA-leading Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the archrival Los Angeles Lakers 125-121. Brown added nine rebounds, and Jayson Tatum had 30 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James had 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Anthony Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Patrick Beverley scored 15 points, twice giving the Lakers the lead in the final minute of the fourth, but he also missed a foul shot that might have clinched it and was called for a technical foul on the contentious last play of regulation.

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Jayson Tatum scored 32 points, Jaylen Brown added 19 as the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 107-99 Monday night and reached the midway point of their season with the NBA’s best record. Grant Williams added 20 points and Al Horford had seven rebounds and eight points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play that helped seal the win for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who are 29-12 after the first 41 games. Zach LaVine led Chicago with 27 points, scoring 15 in the fourth quarter while leading the Bulls’ furious comeback bid. Chicago, which had won three straight, lost DeMar DeRozan in the third quarter with a strained right quadriceps.

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Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 33 seconds left, Jaylen Brown added 29 and the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-116. Boston maintained the NBA’s best record by winning for the sixth time in eight games. Tatum was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants late in the first half while attempting a free throw. The All-Star rewarded the Celtics fans in attendance with his highest-scoring game since dropping 38 points against Houston on Dec. 27. San Antonio had eight players score in double figures, including 18 points each from Josh Richardson, Zach Collins and Tre Jones.

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Jayson Tatum had 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his second career triple-double, and the Boston Celtics beat Dallas 124-95, ending the Mavericks’ seven-game winning streak. Jaylen Brown scored 19 points for the NBA-leading Celtics. They bounced back from a 150-117 loss in Oklahoma City when the Thunder were missing 30-point scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Luka Doncic scored 23 points after averaging 44.5 points the previous five games. The Mavs superstar didn’t play in the fourth quarter, which started with Boston leading by 24.

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Sebastian Aho scored a goal for the fourth straight game and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Sunday. Paul Stastny scored on a second-period power play, Seth Jarvis posted a goal in the third, and Jordan Staal added a short-handed empty-netter as the Hurricanes won their fifth game in a row and extended their points streak to eight games (7-0-1). Frederik Andersen, playing for the first time since he left Wednesday night’s game in Dallas with an upper-body injury, made 24 saves. Pavel Zacha scored for the Bruins, who lead the NHL with 81 points but have lost three games in a row for the first time this season. Linus Ullmark stopped 32 shots.

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Victor Hedman scored the go-ahead goal with 6:31 remaining and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a team record with their 11th straight home victory by defeating the NHL-best Boston Bruins 3-2. The Lightning matched the franchise mark for consecutive home wins, set in 2019-20. They ended Boston’s six-game winning streak and the Bruins’ run of seven road victories in a row. Brandon Hagel and Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay, which defeated the Bruins for the first time in three tries this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves. Brad Marchand and Pavel Zacha had the goals for the Bruins, who fell to 38-6-4. Ullmark stopped 32 shots.

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Jeremy Swayman earned his first shutout of the season Monday to help the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0. David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha scored two goals apiece and David Krejci had three assists in his 1,000th NHL game. Boston won for the sixth time in seven games. The Bruins are 21-1-3 at home this season and have the best record in the NHL. Carter Hart stopped 14 shots before he was replaced midway through the second period by Samuel Ersson, who made nine saves the rest of the way. The Flyers snapped a three-game winning streak and lost for just the second time in nine games.

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Matt Grzelcyk scored the tiebreaking goal with 76 seconds left to give Boston a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and prevent the Bruins from losing back-to-back games for the first time all season. Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and A.J. Greer also scored for Boston. Linus Ullmark stopped 18 shots. The Bruins have the NHL’s best record — 11 points ahead of Atlantic Division rival Toronto. The Maple Leafs had beaten Boston four straight, dating to before the pandemic. Michael Bunting, Pierre Engvall and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs. Matt Murray made 30 saves.

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Martin Jones stopped 27 shots for his second straight shutout to lead the Kraken to a 3-0 victory over Boston. Seattle matched its franchise record with a seventh straight victory while sending the Bruins to their first regulation loss at home all season. Brandon Tanev, Eeli Tolvanen and Jaden Schwartz scored for Seattle. The Kraken also won seven straight earlier this season. It's Seattle's second season since joining the NHL as an expansion franchise. Jones saved David Pastrnak breakaway in the second period, Boston’s best chance at a goal. Linus Ullmark made 28 saves for the Bruins. They had been 19-0-3 at home this season.

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