NBA: Dario Saric soars as Philadelphia 76ers dump Boston Celtics in late charge

Los Angeles (AFP) - Croatian forward Dario Saric scored 23 points and Robert Covington sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3min 41sec to play on Sunday, sparking the Philadelphia 76ers over the visiting Boston Celtics 105-99.

Covington, who finished with 16 points, and Saric combined for nine points in the National Basketball Association (NBA) contest's final 5min 27sec as the 76ers rallied from what had been a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to win for the third time in four games.

Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points and contributed eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Celtics, who fell to 44-26, two and a half games behind Eastern Conference leader Cleveland.

The Celtics, whose three-game win streak ended, were without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who rested a sore right knee. He is expected to return Monday against Washington, third in the East Conference at 42-27.

With the score knotted at 91-91, Covington sank his crucial 3-pointer and 76ers guard TJ McConnell sank a jumper that triggered a 9-2 Philadelphia flurry to seal the win.

The Memphis Grizzlies' title hopes took a blow Sunday as they announced forward Chandler Parsons will undergo left knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Parsons, 28, will undergo a procedure to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus. He had signed a four-year contract worth $94 million with the Grizzlies in the off-season but has averaged only 6.2 points in 34 games this season, nagged all season by knee injuries.

Parsons has undergone two surgeries on his right knee in two years.