Chinese Olympian Sun Yue made his first NBA appearance for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, scoring four points in the Lakers’ 105-92 victory over Milwaukee.
NBA Most Valuable Player Kobe Bryant and all the other Lakers starters scored in double figures to deliver the victory.
Bryant led the way with 20 points and Derek Fisher chipped in 19 for the Lakers, who led from wire to wire for the second straight game.
Sun received a warm cheer from the Staples Center crowd when he took the court with 5:14 to play in the final period.
Sun, whose rookie NBA season has been hampered by glandular fever as well as a foot injury, had been activated by the Lakers for the first time only because Luke Walton was ill.
He learned only at the end of the pre-game shoot-around that he would be in uniform for the game.
Sun played 5:14 minutes and scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting with four fouls and two turnovers.
Blazers 98, Raptors 97
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and Steve Blake made a clutch 3-pointer with 8 seconds left as the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled Toronto coach Jay Triano’s home debut with a 98-97 victory on Sunday.
Jermaine O’Neal scored a season-high 24 and blocked six shots and Chris Bosh added 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to give Triano his first win.
A basket by Brandon Roy pulled the Blazers even at 95-95 with 48 seconds left, but Bosh stepped back to sink a 14-foot jumper with 27 seconds to go. Blake then drained his 3 over Jose Calderon, and Bosh missed his final shot. Blake finished with 19 points.
The 50-year-old Triano, a former Canadian national team player and coach, became the NBA’s first Canadian head coach on Wednesday when he replaced Sam Mitchell on an interim basis.
Celtics 122, Pacers 117, OT
At Indianapolis, Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points to lead Boston past Indiana and push the Celtic’s winning streak to 12 straight — their longest since 1986.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five steals, Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight rebounds and Eddie House had 15 points for Boston (20-2).
Knicks 104, Pistons 92
At New York, Chris Duhon had 25 points and nine assists, Quentin Richardson scored 23 and New York blew most of a 29-point lead before holding on to snap a three-game losing streak.
Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington hit key 3-pointers for the Knicks, who dropped the Pistons to 0-5 on Sundays.
Harrington finished with 18 points and Chandler had 17 for the Knicks, who avoided their first four-game skid of the season. David Lee had 12 points and 19 rebounds as all but nine points came from New York’s starters.