Derrick White has scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Boston Celtics to a 117-107 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in a matchup of the early pacesetters in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 29 points and Jrue Holiday added 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for the Celtics (9-2), who were missing Jaylen Brown (non-COVID illness) and Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion).
"Everyone has to step it up a little bit," said White. "Obviously, guys like J.B. and K.P., you can't do what they do. But you have to step it up just a little bit and I think that a lot of guys stepped up tonight."
Philadelphia (8-3), playing their second game in a back-to-back and third game in four nights, got 20 points apiece from Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. That total was well below the season-scoring average for both.
The Sixers played most of the night seemingly with tired legs and struggled to adjust defensively as the Celtics whipped the ball around.
In Los Angeles, LeBron James scored 28 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double of the season but it wasn't enought to prevent the Lakers losing to the Sacramento Kings 125-110.
In Phoenix, Devin Booker scored 31 points in his return from a calf injury and Kevin Durant also scored 31 to lead the Suns past the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-115, snapping the visitors' seven-game winning streak.
It was expected to be the first game of the season that all three Suns stars - Durant, Booker and Bradley Beal - played together, but Beal was a late scratching with a sore back.
The Magic led by as much as 19 in the third quarter. Banchero led Orlando with 17 points - nine in the fourth quarter.