BOSTON — Marcus Morris had 25 points and nine rebounds before getting ejected in the closing seconds, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors 110-99 on Saturday night.

Jayson Tatum added 24 points, six rebounds and four assists as Boston posted its sixth straight win and moved within two games of Toronto for the top seed in the East. Both teams have six games remaining, including a rematch Wednesday in Toronto.

Things got heated in the final seconds when four technical fouls were assessed. Morris was hit with two, and Toronto’s C.J. Miles and Serge Ibaka received one each.

For Morris, it was his fourth straight game with at least 20 points.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Ibaka added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

After giving up 24 points in the paint in the first half, the Celtics mixed in some zone in the second half to try to limit the Raptors’ opportunities. It was effective late, and helped ignite a 10-0 Celtics run that gave them a 104-94 lead with 3:27 left on a layup by Tatum.


There were 15 ties and 20 lead changes.

WIZARDS 107, HORNETS 93: John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists in his first game in two months, Otto Porter Jr. added 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Washington won at home to clinch a playoff berth.

Wall, who last played on Jan. 25 and had left knee surgery six days later, made his first shot – a 3-pointer from the top of the key – and played 33 minutes.

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and was 6 of 8 on 3-pointers as the Wizards tied a franchise high with 18 3-pointers.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets.

PISTONS 115, KNICKS 109: Andre Drummond narrowly missed a second straight 20-20 game with 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Detroit won in New York.


Drummond was 8 for 13 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. The All-Star center had 24 points and 23 rebounds in a victory over Washington on Thursday and leads the NBA with seven 20-point, 20-rebound games this season.


76ERS: All-Star center Joel Embiid had surgery to repair a broken bone around his left eye.

The team says there is no timetable for Embiid’s return. He is scheduled to have an examination late next week, and further updates will be provided then.

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