Jazz, Suns, Bucks stumble in NBA

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Australian veteran Joe Ingles was called on to play a big role as his NBA-leading Utah Jazz were beaten 127-115 after overtime by the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Ingles played 29 minutes, scoring 20 points and providing a career-high tying 14 assists for the Jazz (42-15), who were without starters Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert for the first of two clashes between two Western Conference big guns in as many days at Staples Center.

The Lakers were also undermanned - superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James watched in street clothes.

But they had Andre Drummond and Markieff Morris back in their line-up, along with Kyle Kuzma and Dennis Schroder.

Schroder hit the tying basket to force overtime at 110-110 and he finished with 25 points.

Drummond added 27 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 25 points for the Lakers (35-22), while Jordan Clarkson led Utah with 27 points against his former team.

"We're missing four pretty important guys," Ingles said.

"For most of the game, we did a pretty good job. We were one stop away from winning the game."

The Phoenix Suns missed the chance to move within one game of the Jazz after being thrashed 111-85 by the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

Aussie Patty Mills was rested but Rudy Gay (19 points) and Drew Eubanks (13 points, 13 rebounds) helped snap the Suns' 10-game home winning streak and Phoenix fell to 40-16 for the season.

The Milwaukee Bucks remain third in the Eastern Conference despite suffering a 128-115 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Grayson Allen shot 7 of 10 from three-point range for 26 points and Dillon Brooks 21 points for the visitors, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee (35-21).

Memphis have begun their longest road trip in two decades (seven straight games) by winning on back-to-back nights.

In Boston, Jayson Tatum scored 44 points to win a shootout with Stephen Curry, who had 47 - including 11 of 19 from outside the arc.

Kemba Walker (26 points) made a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to lead the Celtics to their sixth straight win, 119-114 over the Golden State Warriors.

"It was a hard-fought game ... Obviously they've got one of the best players in the world. He's (Steph Curry) incredible," Walker said.

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and Draymond Green had 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who had their four-game winning run ended.

"This was a real NBA game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"I told them how proud I was ... it was phenomenal to watch."

Elsewhere, Bradley Beal - the NBA's leading scorer - pumped in 37 points and the Washington Wizards pounded the visiting Detroit Pistons 121-100, while Nikola Vucevic had 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists as the Chicago Bulls defeated the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 106-96.