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Tatum scores 39, Celtics hold off Clippers in 2OT

BOSTON — Jayson Tatum didn’t want to smile. But sometimes the moment calls for it. The Celtics were trailing 124-123 in the final minute of overtime in their back-and-forth slugfest with the Clippers and Tatum found himself defended by Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Tatum hesitated, sidestepped Shamet, then spun around Harrell for a layup. …

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Lillard out of All-Star Weekend after suffering right groin strain

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard suffered a right groin strain in the second half of Portland’s 111-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday and will undergo an MRI on Thursday, coach Terry Stotts said. After the game, Lillard said he will not compete in the All-Star Game or the 3-point contest because of the injury. “Obviously, …

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James’ triple double, Davis lead Lakers past Nuggets

DENVER — LeBron James wasn’t about to coast into the All-Star break, and neither was Anthony Davis. “I could tell they were locked in pregame. LeBron had his jersey with like 80 minutes to go before the game,” guard Alex Caruso said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-116 overtime triumph in Denver on Wednesday night. James …

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Pacers pull away late to beat Bucks, snap 6-game skid

INDIANAPOLIS — Malcolm Brogdon flipped the script Wednesday night. Rather than watch another late lead slip away, the Indiana Pacers guard found his finishing touch. Brogdon thwarted Milwaukee’s charge with a nearly perfect fourth-quarter performance, helping the the Pacers hold on for a 118-111 victory while snapping a season-worst six-game losing streak. “I think …

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