Morant soars for NBA's streaking Grizzlies

Ja Morant has provided 23 points, 10 assists and another ferocious dunk as his Memphis Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers 130-112 to extend the NBA's longest current winning streak to nine games.

Desmond Bane scored 25 points in Saturday's match to lead the Grizzlies, who tied Denver for the Western Conference's best record at 29-13.

Neither Bane nor Morant was needed in the fourth quarter. Morant's soaring slam over Jalen Smith made it a 20-point game with 4:20 left in the third, and Memphis led by as much as 34 in the fourth.

Asked if the dunk was his best, Morant said, "Yeah, easy" because of the difficulty, then added, "It's what everybody has been waiting for. I finally made it."

Added Bane: "I ain't seen nothing like that one. That's probably going to go down as dunk of the year."

Morant has averaged 28.7 points during the winning streak.

"We're not playing perfect basketball," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said of the streak. "I'm just glad our guys are finding different ways to win, whether we're playing with a lead or playing from behind."

In Charlotte, Jayson Tatum scored 17 of his 33 points in a pivotal third quarter to help the league-leading Boston Celtics (32-12) beat the Hornets 122-106, pushing their winning streak to six.

The Hornets shot 57.8 per cent in the first half and led by 16 before the Celtics came storming back late.

The crowd at Charlotte's Spectrum Center periodically erupted into chants of "MVP! MVP!" after Tatum wowed with a variety of special plays, including deep 3-pointers, driving dunks and fall-away jumpers.

LaMelo Ball finished with 31 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Charlotte. Terry Rozier added 21 points for the Hornets, who've lost seven of eight games.

Again without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the high-flying Milwaukee Bucks fell to a second loss in two days to the Miami Heat in Miami.

Gabe Vincent scored 27 points and Bam Adebayo led the charge down low, finishing with his 21st double-double of the season by collecting 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Heat's 111-95 victory.

Victor Oladipo scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 16 for the Heat, who also beat the Bucks 108-102 on Thursday.

Antetokounmpo missed the two games against Miami because of left knee soreness but the Heat (24-20) were also shorthanded again as Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson were all unable to play.

Milwaukee (27-16) had six players scoring in double figures, including all five starters.

Coming off the bench Australian veteran Joe Ingles had five points and five assists in 35 minutes of court time for the Bucks.

In other matches, Atlanta beat Toronto 114-103 and Minnesota beat Cleveland 110-102.

There were also wins for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers.