Giddey close to fourth NBA double-double

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Australian young gun Josh Giddey has gone close to notching a third NBA double-double in four days as his Oklahoma City Thunder lost 111-105 to the Boston Celtics.

Teenage rookie Giddey scored 15 points, pulled in eight rebounds and had three assists in Saturday night's game in Boston.

He was backing up 24 hours after he had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a loss to reigning champions Milwaukee, the third double-double of his brief NBA career.

Two days earlier he had scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds in a 101-89 win over Houston.

"This is the most I've ever played before but the body feels great," Giddey said.

Teammates Lu Dort (16 points) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (14 points) also contributed strongly against the Celtics on Saturday but couldn't prevent the Thunder suffering the fourth loss in their past five matches.

"It was a good effort, we fought to the end," Giddey said.

Jayson Tatum scored 33 points and Dennis Schroder had 29 while Al Horford added 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Boston, who won for seventh time in 10 games.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Spencer Dinwiddie each scored 16 points and hit two 3-pointers during a crucial late stretch as the Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat 103-100. Jimmy Butler scored 29 points for the Heat.

In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 20 rebounds as his Bucks held off Orlando 117-108.

Former NBL player RJ Hampton had 19 points off the bench for the Magic.

In Atlanta, Clint Capela had 20 points and 15 rebounds while Trae Young scored 19 points as the Hawks beat Charlotte 115-105.

Miles Bridges scored 35 points for Charlotte, and LaMelo Ball had 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

In New York, Alec Burks scored 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Fournier added 19 and the Knicks handed Houston their 14th consecutive loss - 106-99.

In Indianapolis, Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Indiana's starters bounced back from being benched a night earlier to beat New Orleans 111-94.

In Minneapolis, D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points, Anthony Edwards added 23 and Minnesota routed Memphis 138-95 for their third straight victory.

Elsewhere, Damian Lillard scored a season-high 39 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 118-111.

And Mike Conley and Rudy Gay contributed 3-pointers to a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter as the visiting Utah Jazz broke open a tight game en route to a 123-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

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