Celtics welcome Hayward back with win

Associated Press Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) looks on during Wednesday's game.

TORONTO (AP) - Boston's Jaylen Brown celebrated Christmas with something he had never enjoyed before: a road win at Toronto.

Brown scored 30 points, Kemba Walker had 22 and the Celtics beat the Raptors 118-102 Wednesday in the first Christmas Day NBA game played in Canada.

"It was good to get a win here on Christmas," said Brown, who made five 3-pointers and shot 10 for 13 from the field. "I've never won here period, so it was great to just get one."

Enes Kanter had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics snapped an eight-game losing streak north of the border and became the first Atlantic Division opponent to win in Toronto in more than four years.

The Celtics have won four straight to improve to 8-2 in December.

Boston's Gordon Hayward returned to the starting lineup after missing the past three games because of a sore left foot. He scored 14 points in 26 minutes.

"It's still a little sore but it's playable," Hayward said. "It's good, it's good."

Fred VanVleet scored 27 points in the Raptors' second straight loss, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 24.

"We weren't quite physical enough, I thought, for most stretches of the game," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

The Raptors are 2-2 since losing center Marc Gasol (left hamstring), guard Norman Powell (left shoulder) and forward Pascal Siakam (groin) to injuries. Nurse had no update on the status of the trio, but acknowledged their absence is making life difficult.

"Scoring is not very easy for us right now," Nurse said. "It's tough."

• PELICANS 112, NUGGETS 100: In Denver, Brandon Ingram scored 31 points, Derrick Favors grabbed 13 rebounds and the Pelicans surprised Denver to halt the Nuggets' seven-game winning streak.

The 9-23 Pelicans are now 2-0 against the Nuggets this season. They spoiled the festive mood at the Pepsi Center as the Nuggets played at home on Christmas for the first time in 25 years.

New Orleans sprang the upset despite committing 19 turnovers. The Pelicans pulled away late courtesy of the long-range shooting of Lonzo Ball and Ingram. They also out-rebounded the Nuggets, including 14 offensive boards.

New Orleans finished a four-game trip with a 3-1 mark, which includes consecutive wins for the first time in a month.

Jrue Holiday had 20 points in the last of five Christmas games where the home teams went 2-3.

• WARRIORS 116, ROCKETS 104: In San Francisco, Draymond Green scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, Damion Lee had 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and Golden State beat Houston.

D'Angelo Russell added 20 points, and Glenn Robinson III had 18 to help the Warriors win their third straight and end the Rockets' four-game winning streak. Injury-ravaged Golden State improved to 7-24.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds for Houston. James Harden had 24 points and 11 assists, and Danuel House Jr. had 18 points.