AROUND THE NBA
Celtics 109, Nets 102
Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing a mask, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets for their 13th straight victory. Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics. Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday. He made a jumper with 3:40 left after the Nets had closed within four points and drove for another basket about 35 seconds later. Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown’s alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96.
Raptors 129, Rockets 113
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a win over the Houston Rockets. James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.
Spurs 97, Mavericks 91
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks. Aldridge, a product of Dallas’ Seagoville High School, scored eight points during a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter. Patty Mills added a season-high 19 points for the Spurs. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with a career-high 27 points, and J.J. Barea and Harrison Barnes had 16 each. The Mavericks are 2-13 for the second straight season and fifth time overall. Just like in a loss to Cleveland on Saturday, the Mavericks cut a double-digit second-half deficit to one point, but couldn’t gain the lead. After Dallas got within 62-61 early in the fourth, Mills hit a long 3 and a driving layup, then Aldridge scored eight of his team’s next 13 points to put the Spurs up 82-71 with 5:03 to play. Dallas never got closer than four points down the stretch.