Celtics' Brown bags 40 in NBA win v Lakers

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Jaylen Brown scored four of his 40 points in the final minute, and the Boston Celtics blew most of a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on for their fifth straight victory, 121-113 over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Brown made 13 of his first 14 shots and hit a treble of three-pointers while falling two points shy of his career high for the Celtics (30-26), who have won eight of 11.

Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart added 15 points apiece for Boston, who never trailed despite committing 21 turnovers. The visitors also won with just 14 points from Jayson Tatum, whose streak of scoring 20 points in 11 consecutive games ended.

Talen Horton-Tucker scored 19 points and Marc Gasol had a season-high 18 for LA, who were missing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Markieff Morris.

"The Celtics-Lakers matchup is a matchup that kids dream about, so regardless of who's on the floor, I'm excited to play," Brown said.

"Having that energy with those Lakers fans (1,915) back in the arena, it feels good to get a win."

In Phoenix, Deandre Ayton scored 26 points on 10 of 11 shooting and collected 11 rebounds to lead the red-hot Suns to a 122-114 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Devin Booker added 23 points as the home side won their fourth straight and 14th out of 16 games. The Suns (40-15) became the second NBA team to reach 40 victories this season, following the Utah Jazz (41-14).

In Atlanta, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in his return to the Milwaukee line-up as the Bucks cooled off the surging Hawks 120-109.

Antetokounmpo had missed six games with an ailing left knee and played 25 minutes, hitting seven of 12 shots to go along with five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. He didn't have to carry too much of a load as the Bucks (35-20) had seven players in double figures, led by Jrue Holiday with 23 points.

"He's our best player," Holiday said.

"Seeing Giannis out there, he's so dominant, he attracts so many people. He makes the game easier for everybody else."

Stephen Curry scored 33 points in Cleveland - topping 30 for a career-best ninth consecutive game - and the Golden State Warriors pulled away for a 119-101 victory over the Cavaliers.

Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Juan Toscano-Anderson had 20 and Draymond Green added five points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Golden State.

"I just try to bring the team joy and a competitive fire," Curry said.

"We've got a ways to go, but developing different ways to win games is a good thing."