LaMarcus Aldridge scores 48 points, Spurs pound reeling Celtics

LaMarcus Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio ran past the Celtics 115-96 in Boston on Sunday, giving the shorthanded Celtics their fourth straight loss.

The Spurs have won 10 of 12 to strengthen their grip on a Western Conference playoff spot. San Antonio (43-31) is eighth in the conference, a half-game behind Oklahoma City and Utah.

Two nights after the Spurs had no answer for Houston’s James Harden, Aldridge assumed a similarly unstoppable role against the Celtics. Aldridge had his second-highest scoring output of the season. He scored 56 points against the Thunder on Jan. 10.

Marcus Smart led Boston with 14 points. Kyrie Irving had 11 points and 12 assists, but was 5-for-17 from the field. Irving left the game briefly and went to the locker room in the first quarter with an injury to his left hand, but returned and played the rest of the way with tape on his left ring finger.

Pacers 124, Nuggets 88: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half to lead Indiana to a home win. Denver fell a half-game behind the Warriors atop the Western Conference.

Rockets 113, Pelicans 90: James Harden scored 28 points in a little less than 29 minutes and Houston won in New Orleans. Chris Paul had 10 points and 13 assists as the Rockets moved a game ahead of Portland for the third seed in the Western Conference.

Clippers 124, Knicks 113: Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and Los Angeles won in New York for its fifth straight victory. Lou Williams had 29 points and fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell added 24 to provide their usual potent play off the bench for the Clippers.

Bucks 127, Cavaliers 105: Giannis Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by an ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift host Milwaukee.

Hornets 115, Raptors 114: Jeremy Lamb added a dose of March Madness to Sunday’s NBA action. He banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer as Charlotte won in Toronto.

Lakers 111, Kings 106: Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and host Los Angeles ended a five-game skid.

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