NBA roundup: Celtics continue hot streak in Brooklyn, Bulls comfortably clip Hawks

New York, New York - The short-handed Brooklyn Nets slumped to their 13th defeat from their past 15 NBA games as Jayson Tatum led the Boston Celtics to a 129-106 victory on Thursday.

Jayson Tatum starred against the Nets with 30 points.
Jayson Tatum starred against the Nets with 30 points.  © IMAGO / Icon SMI

Tatum scored 30 points, including four three-pointers along with seven rebounds and four assists for the Celtics, who have won 10 of their past 11 games.

The Celtics' hot form is in contrast to the Nets, who have slumped to a 31-29 record in the absence of the injured Kevin Durant, unavailable Kyrie Irving and unfit Ben Simmons.

Boston led from start to finish, opening up a 35-22 quarter-time lead, with good support from big men Robert Williams III (12 points and 11 rebounds) and Al Horford (11 points and 13 rebounds).

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Seth Curry top scored for the Nets with 22 points but only made two-of-seven from beyond the arc, while Patty Mills struggled with one point from 28 minutes, shooting none-of-nine from the field.

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Trae Young struggled in the Hawks' defeat against the Bulls.
Trae Young struggled in the Hawks' defeat against the Bulls.  © IMAGO / Icon SMI

Ja Morant airballed a game-tying three-point attempt in the dying seconds and had a third-quarter injury scare as the Memphis Grizzlies lost 119-114 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Morant finished with 20 points and eight rebounds but seemed to pick up a leg injury on a drive which impacted his final quarter. D'Angelo Russell scored 23 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter for the Timberwolves.

The ladder-leading Phoenix Suns had no issues without Chris Paul as they extended their winning streak to eight games with a 124-104 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker scored 25 points with five rebounds, 12 assists, and a career-high six steals.

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Stephen Curry was benched late after 18 points and 14 assists as the Golden State Warriors won 132-95 over the Portland Trail Blazers.

In Sacramento, Nikola Jokić had 25 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists in the Denver Nuggets' 128-110 triumph over the Kings.

Meanwhile, Trae Young struggled as the Atlanta Hawks went down 112-108 to the Chicago Bulls. The Hawks guard made three-of-17 from the field in his 14 points for the game.

For the Bulls, who have won six in a row, in-form DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points while Zach LaVine returned from injury with 20 points.

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