Bucks top Pistons 115-105, improve to 13-0 after a loss
DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight losses.
The NBA-leading Bucks improved to 13-0 after losing a game.
Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points because he sat about half the quarter with two fouls.
Eric Bledsoe had 20 points, reserve Pat Connaughton scored 16 points, Khris Middleton had 15 points and Tony Snell added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight.
Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points, Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five.
PELICANS 121, ROCKETS 116
HOUSTON (AP) — Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and short-handed New Orleans overcame a big early deficit to beat the Houston in its first game since Anthony Davis’ agent said the five-time All-Star wanted to be traded.
James Harden scored 37 points for Houston to extend his streak of 30-point games to 24, but he had a tough shooting night, making 11 of 32 overall and going 6 for 18 from 3-point range. He had 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Jrue Holiday had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks for New Orleans. Davis sat out his fifth straight game with sprained left index finger.
The Pelicans snapped a three-game skid amid the Davis drama.
SPURS 126, SUNS 124
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rudy Gay hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer and San Antonio overcame Devin Booker’s 38 points to escape with a 126-124 victory, extending Phoenix’s losing streak to nine games.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which is 2-0 on a four-game homestand despite playing without injured DeMar DeRozan. Gay finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Suns lost their 11th straight in San Antonio.
After losing its previous four games by an average of 23 points, Phoenix tied this one with 19.6 seconds remaining.
With time winding down, Gay was isolated and hit a jumper as the clock expired to help San Antonio avoid an upset.
THUNDER 126, MAGIC 117
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Paul George had 37 points, Russell Westbrook posted another triple-double, and Dennis Schroder scored 18 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally Oklahoma City past Orlando for its sixth straight victory.
Westbrook had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in his fourth consecutive triple-double.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier scored 17 and Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross added 16 apiece for the Magic, who lost their fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.
76ERS 121, LAKERS 105
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler added 20 and Philadelphia cruised past Los Angeles.
Brandon Ingram had a career-high 36 points for the short-handed Lakers, who were missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) along with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball.
Embiid, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, had his NBA-leading 34th game with at least 20 points and 10 boards. He appeared to hurt his back early in the fourth quarter when he fell on an alley-oop attempt but returned later in the game.
Butler was back after missing three games due to a sprained wrist. Ben Simmons scored 19 points and Mike Muscala had 17 for the Sixers, who ran off 12 straight points to take control early.
NETS 122, BULLS 117
NEW YORK (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points, Shabazz Napier had 24 off the bench and Brooklyn beat Chicago for its ninth straight win at home.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and Joe Harris had 17 for the Nets, who have won 13 of their last 14 at Barclays Center and seven of eight overall.
Zach Levine had 26 points and Jabari Parker added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11.
Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 116, WIZARDS 113
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points, Cedi Osman had 26 and Cleveland held off Washington’s fourth-quarter comeback.
Cleveland matched a season high with 15 3-pointers and built a 25-point lead in the fourth before Washington’s reserves roared back. Jordan McRae’s two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining cut the margin to three.
Ante Zizic had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Nance added 13 points with 11 rebounds.
The Cavaliers won back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Bradley Beal scored 31 but Washington lost in Cleveland for the second time this season.