Celtics make it 10 straight wins

Thunder coach, 2 players fined

UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Celtics now own a double-digit winning streak after knocking off an old rival from the NBA's Western Conference.

Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points and Kyrie Irving added 19 as the Celtics downed the Lakers 107-96. Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists for the Celts, who saw a 20-point, first-half lead shrink to two in the third quarter before improving to an NBA-best 10-2.

Boston played without big man Al Horford after he was placed in concussion protocol earlier Wednesday.

Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson each had a team-high 18 points for the Lakers, who also got 16 points and 12 boards from Julius Randle.

 Also in the NBA:
  • Minnesota's five-game winning streak is over after Klay Thompson hit six 3-pointers while scoring 28 points in the Warriors' fifth consecutive win, 125-101 over the Timberwolves. Stephen Curry had 22 points, eight assists and eight rebounds to help Golden State win easily without the injured Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala had 11 points for the Warriors, who led by just one before torching Minnesota for 74 points in the second half.

  • Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and Evan Fournier delivered 23 as the Magic sent the Knicks to just the second loss in their last eight games 112-99. Jonathan Simmons helped Orlando close out the win by scoring 15 of his 16 points in the second half, including 11 straight early in the fourth quarter.

  • The Pistons won for the sixth time in seven games as Tobias Harris contributed 23 points to a 114-97 win against the Pacers. Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Central Division-leading Pistons, who sent Indiana to its fourth consecutive loss.

  • Former Phoenix guard Goran Dragic scored a season-high 29 points in the Heat's 126-115 victory over the Suns. Hassan Whiteside added 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for Miami, which shot 53 percent and nailed 12 3-pointers.


 Thunder coach, 2 players fined

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has fined Oklahoma Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, forward Paul George and guard Russell Westbrook $15,000 apiece for publicly criticizing game officials following Sunday's loss to Portland.

The three were angry after Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected for a flagrant-2 call on a play in which a foul was called on Jusuf Nurkic. Donovan said after the game that he thought the play should have been reviewed before Anthony was tossed.

The league says Anthony's flagrant 2 foul from Sunday's game will stand, but the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in last night's loss to Sacramento has been rescinded.