PHILADELPHIA — Dario Saric scored 23 points and Robert Covington nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:41 left as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Sunday afternoon.
Saric and Covington, who finished with 16 points, combined for nine in the final 5:27 as Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to win for the third time in four games.
Boston’s Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points and had eight rebounds and six assists. Jae Crowder added 15 points as the Celtics saw a three-game winning streak end. They played their second straight game without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who rested a sore right knee. He is expected to return Monday night against Washington.
Mavericks 111, Nets 104
NEW YORK — J.J. Barea scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas never trailed but was forced to hold on against Brooklyn.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 23 points but was not on the floor when Berea scored nine straight points in a span of 2:31. Nowitzki had 20 points in the first three quarters when the Mavericks took an 82-72 lead. He became the sixth NBA player to score at least 31,000 career points.
Despite Barea’s clutch baskets, Dallas did not seal the game until the final minute. The Nets were within 103-101 after two free throws by Randy Foye with 80 seconds left, but consecutive hoops by Harrison Barnes secured the win.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 27 points. Jeremy Lin exited the game with a sprained right ankle.