NBA wrap: LaMarcus Aldridge powers Spurs over Celtics to continue hot streak

LaMarcus Aldridge exploded against the Celtics on Sunday night.

The Spurs big man totaled 48 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in San Antonio’s 115-96 win. He showcased his signature mid-range game along the way.

San Antonio has now won 10 of its last 12 games. The Spurs are eighth in the Western Conference, but are just a half game behind the Thunder and Jazz and only one game behind the fifth-place Clippers so they have a great chance to move up in the standings.

Boston, which has lost four straight games, is fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics had a cold outing offensively, as Marcus Smart led the team with 14 points.

Studs of the Night

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 35 points in the Pacers’ 124-88 win over the Nuggets.

Lou Williams tallied 29 points and seven assists to help the Clippers top the Knicks 124-113.

James Harden’s 28 points led Houston to a 113-90 victory against New Orleans.

Dud of the night

Malik Monk scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting in the Hornet’s 115-114 win over the Raptors in Toronto. 

Highlights

Jeremy Lamb knocked down a ridiculous half-court buzzer beater to seal the deal for Charlotte.

Giannis Antetokounmpo eluded Larry Nance Jr. with a spin move and finished with authority in the Bucks’ 127-105 thrashing of the Cavaliers.

What’s Next?

Nets (38-36) at Trail Blazers (45-27) 10 p.m. ET — This matchup features two All-Star point guards in D’Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard. Brooklyn and Portland are both in the playoff picture. Each team has dangerous backcourts that can fill it up in a hurry.