Celtics fall in Philly
Grizzlies' Parsons expected to miss remainder of season
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UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Celtics have fallen 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the battle for the top record in the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Robert Covington and Nik Stauskas each hit 3-pointers down the stretch as Philadelphia rallied to beat Boston, 105-99. Dario Saric provided a team-high 23 points and scored key baskets to extend the lead after Covington hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:37 to play. Covington finished with 16 points to help the 76ers overcome Al Horford's season-high 27 points.

The Celtics carried a three-point lead into the final period before they were outscored 29-20.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers erased an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a 125-120 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Kyrie Irving poured in 46 points, LeBron James had 34 and Kevin Love chipped in 21 and 15 rebounds against the last-place Lakers.

 Also in the NBA:
  • DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in three quarters as Toronto slammed Indiana, 116-91 to get within three games of the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics. Serge Ibaka had 16 points, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Raptors' second straight win.

  • The Spurs ended a two-game skid as Pau Gasol dropped in 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 in a 118-102 rout of Sacramento. Kawhi Leonard had 12 points in 27 minutes before sitting out the final period with the Spurs up by as many as 28.

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points and the Pistons turned a 12-point, third-quarter deficit into a 112-95 rout of Phoenix. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, which is tied with Miami for the final Eastern Conference playoff slot.

  • The Heat lost for just the second time in their last 17 home games as Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points to lead Portland past Miami, 115-104. Lillard tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, and Jusef Nurkic added 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers get within one game of Denver for the last Western Conference playoff slot.

  • Dallas was a 111-104 winner at Brooklyn as Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds. J.J. Barea hit nine straight Mavericks points in the final five-plus minutes and finished with 20.

  • New Orleans was a 123-109 winner over Minnesota behind 28 points and 12 boards from Anthony Davis. DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return from a one-game absence because of left knee and rib soreness.


 Grizzlies' Parsons expected to miss remainder of season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons will undergo knee surgery Monday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Parsons was diagnosed with a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee. Parsons signed a four-year, $94 million contract last summer as the Grizzlies' biggest free-agent acquisition, but he averaged just 6.2 points and played only 34 games this season.

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