The Boston Celtics (49-14) secured a hard-fought 117-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns (37-27), despite a 45-point performance from Kevin Durant.

Celtics, the current leaders in the NBA standings, bounced back from a rare two-game losing streak, which included defeats against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown spearheaded the Celtics’ offensive charge, combining for 56 points to lead their team to victory.

In absence of Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday contributed 15 points, while Luke Kornett added 14 off the bench for Boston.

The absence of injured All-Star Devin Booker posed a challenge for the Suns, but Durant and Bradley Beal (25 points) stepped up to fill the scoring void.