Bucks Outlast Nets, 117-114
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 49 points, Khris Middleton had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks edged Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets 117-114 on Sunday.
Antetokounmpo also had eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. He went 21 for 36 from the field, helping Milwaukee overcome a terrific performance by Durant. Antetokounmpo finished three points shy of his career high, set against Philadelphia in March 2019.
RAPTORS 121, LAKERS 114
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 37 points and 11 assists, Pascal Siakam had 39 points and 13 rebounds and short-handed Toronto defeated Los Angeles.
LeBron James had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists before going back to the locker room with 6:42 to play. It was the second game back for James after missing 20 because of a sprained right ankle.
Toronto ended a three-game losing streak despite not having Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher or Gary Trent Jr. available because of injuries or to rest after losing at Utah on Saturday. DeAndre’ Bembry had 14 points off the bench and the Raptors led by as many as 21 to hand the defending NBA champion Lakers another baffling defeat.
DALLAS (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 27 points, Marvin Bagley III had 23 points and nine rebounds and Sacramento completed a season sweep of Dallas.
76ERS 113, SPURS 111
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Joel Embiid had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Philadelphia held on to beat undermanned San Antonio.
Ben Simmons tipped in the game-winner off a miss from Embiid as time expired. Embiid had four points in overtime, all on free throws.
Seth Curry scored 22 points and Dwight Howard added 14 as Philadelphia won its fourth straight to remain atop the Eastern Conference. Simmons finished with five points, six rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.
TRAIL BLAZERS 129
BOSTON (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 10 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Portland extended its winning streak to four.
Damian Lillard had 26 points and 13 assists for Portland. Carmelo Anthony finished with 13 points — including a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining to help seal it after Boston pulled within two points.
SUNS 123, THUNDER 120
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Devin Booker scored 32 points and Phoenix held off Oklahoma City.
KNICKS 122, ROCKETS 97
HOUSTON (AP) — Julius Randle scored 31 points in three quarters to lead New York to the victory.
Randle, who had seven rebounds and six assists, scored 15 points in the third quarter to pad the lead and spent the fourth quarter on the bench with the game out of reach. He scored at least 30 points for the fourth time in five games. It’s the 13th time this season that he’s finished with 30 points or more.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jimmy Butler added 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and surging Miami moved into sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Miami’s win combined with Boston’s 129-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers leaves the Heat (35-30) a full game ahead of the Celtics with seven games remaining.
Kendrick Nunn added 19 points and Goran Dragic had 18 for the Heat, who have won four of their last five.
P.J. Washington had 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Hornets (31-33), while rookie LaMelo Ball finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in his second game back from a broken wrist.