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La Jornada – Celtics beat Wolves and lead the NBA Eastern Conference

Boston. With 34 points from Jayson Tatum and 31 from Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-112 on Sunday to add th


Boston. With 34 points from Jayson Tatum and 31 from Jaylen Brown, the beat the 134-112 on Sunday to add their sixth straight win and take the lead in the NBA Eastern Conference.

The Celtics won for the 24th time in their last 28 games and, combined with the 76ers’ loss on the day to Phoenix, took the top spot in the East for the first time this season.

Anthony Edwards scored 24 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 for the Timberwolves, who opened a four-game road trip.

The Celtics opened with 13 points in the second quarter to emerge with a double-digit lead that they never relinquished. They went into the intermission up 72-49.

At the time, everyone was waiting to see if Tatum would move into the NBA’s scoring lead and he did, as he totaled 1,923 points on the season after the game to pass Atlanta’s Trae Young (1,915) for the top spot.

The Celtics star already has one of the 15 best scoring seasons in team history and has seven games left to go to become the seventh player to top 2,000 points in a season. He would join John Havlicek, Paul Pierce, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin McHale and Sam Jones.

Suns still on

In Phoenix, Devin Booker scored 35 points, point guard Chris Paul had 19 points and 14 assists and the NBA-leading host Suns won their eighth straight game with a 114-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

It was a white-hot matchup between two teams with their sights set on the NBA Finals.

The Suns sit as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the league, while the 76ers battle Milwaukee, Boston and Miami for the top spot in the East.

For their part, the Sixers saw their winning streak of three straight games broken despite another great game by Cameroon’s Joel Embiid, who finished with 37 points and 15 rebounds.

Philadelphia’s other star, James Harden, had a tough game, shooting just 2-for-11 from the field. He scored a total of 14 cartons, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Suns took a 91-86 lead in the fourth quarter. They pushed that lead to 101-90 midway through the quarter, but the Sixers scored 10 straight points, highlighted by two 3-pointers by Tyrese Maxey, to rally a bit.

However, Booker responded by taking another shot from range as Danny Green fouled him and the Suns pulled away to ultimately get the win.

Sunday results in the NBA:

NY Knicks 104-102 Detroit

Boston 134-112 Minnesota

Phoenix 114-104 Philadelphia

Washington 123-115 Golden State

New Orleans 116-108 LA Lakers

Dallas 114-100 Utah

Charlotte 119-110 Brooklyn