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Australians in the NBA – Reath stars

The Boston Celtics’ winning run goes on, with Jayson Tatum’s 32 points helping his NBA-leading team to a 10th successive victory with a 138-110 thumping of Dallas. 

Mavericks guard Dante Exum (knee) had his first action since January 26, the Australian scoring four points in 15 minutes on court.

His countryman Duop Reath enjoyed a night to remember, scoring 18 points as his Portland Trail Blazers won 122-92 in Memphis.

Matisse Thybulle, another Boomer, added 13 points for the Trail Blazers. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated with 46 points and 16 rebounds as Milwaukee beat the Bulls 113-97 for their fifth straight victory.

Chicago’s six-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan scored 12 as he became the 35th player in NBA history with 23,000 points. 

In New Orleans, the Pelicans tied a franchise record with 48 points in the first quarter of their 129-102 win over Indiana.  

Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 34 points for the Pelicans, who went 20 of 22 from the field as they led 48-26 at quarter time.

Their 90.9 per cent shooting was the highest field-goal percentage by any team in a quarter this season – and the highest in a first quarter since Dallas shot 94 per cent against Utah in 2014.

The Pelicans neutralised Tyrese Haliburton, holding the All-Star guard scoreless for the first time since November 2021. 

Stephen Curry scored 25 points and Jonathan Kuminga added 24 as Golden State beat Toronto 120-105 for an eighth straight road victory.

RJ Barrett scored 23 points for Toronto, whose All-Star Scottie Barnes broke his left hand late in the first half.

Short-handed Cleveland, second in the Eastern Conference, held off the Pistons to win 110-100 in Detroit. 

Playing without Donovan Mitchell (knee) and Caris LeVert (elbow), Cleveland were led by Darius Garland, who hit eight 3s and scored 29 points.

The 76ers won for only the second time in six games, beating Charlotte 121-114 on the back of 33 points from Tyrese Maxey and 31 from Tobias Harris. 

Despite the ongoing absence of last season’s MVP Joel Embiid, the 76ers remain in the hunt for a top-four spot in the East. 

Malik Monk scored 35 of his 39 points in the second half and overtime as Sacramento outlasted Western Conference leaders Minnesota to win 124-120.

Rock-bottom Washington slumped to a 14th straight defeat, losing 140-115 to the Los Angeles Clippers in a game marred by the loss of Russell Westbrook to a fractured left hand.