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.
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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.