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Kyrie Irving scores season-high 38 points, Nets beat Bucks

February 27, 2022 GMT
Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 38 points and the Brooklyn Nets stopped their recent slide by beating the slumping Milwaukee Bucks 126-123 on Saturday night.

Bruce Brown made a 3-pointer to put the Nets ahead for good 118-116 with 1:38 left.

Brooklyn ended a two-game skid and won for just the third time in 16 games. Milwaukee has dropped four of its last five.

The Bucks had one last chance with 2.1 seconds and no timeouts remaining. Wesley Matthews threw a long inbounds pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had a clean look at a game-tying 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim.

Bobby Portis had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Khris Middleton added 25 points.

GRIZZLIES 116, BULLS 110

CHICAGO (AP) — Ja Morant scored a career-high 46 points and Memphis hung on to beat DeMar DeRozan and Chicago.

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The Grizzlies hung on after letting a 17-point lead shrink to one and came away with the win after losing two in a row. They also stopped Chicago’s six-game winning streak.

Morant surpassed his previous high of 44 points. He scored 20 points in the third quarter and made 15 of 28 shots.

Steven Adams added 12 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Grizzlies frustrated DeRozan even though the five-time All-Star scored 31 points.

That gave DeRozan 10 straight 30-point games, the longest such streak by a Bulls player since Michael Jordan did it in 10 straight from Dec. 25, 1990, to Jan. 14, 1991. But he was 10 of 29 from the field, ending his NBA-record run of eight games of scoring at least 35 while shooting 50% or better.

HAWKS 127, RAPTORS 100

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young returned to his All-Star form by scoring 41 points and Atlanta rode a dominant third quarter to rout Toronto.

Young was 17 of 24 from the field, 6 of 6 from the line and had 11 assists in his strong bounce-back game. He shot only 3 of 17 from the field in Atlanta’s 112-108 loss at Chicago on Thursday night, his first game after starting in the All-Star Game.

Young rebounded by making his first four shots against the Raptors in his fifth game of the season scoring more than 40 points. He set a career high with 56 points at Portland on Jan. 3.

Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 24 points and nine assists after being listed as questionable with right knee soreness. Precious Achiuwa added a season-high 21 points.

HEAT 133, SPURS 129

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 36 points, Tyler Herro added 27 off the bench and Miami overcame an early 16-point deficit to beat San Antonio.

Jimmy Butler scored 27 points in 30 minutes to help Eastern Conference-leading Miami improve to 40-21. Butler didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich remained at 1,334 regular-season wins, one victory behind Don Nelson — one of his former bosses — on the NBA’s career list.

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Devin Vassell had a career-high 22 points for the Spurs.

NUGGETS 115, KINGS 110

DENVER (AP) — Monte Morris hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, Nikola Jokic had 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebound and Denver.

It was Jokic’s 16th triple-double of the season and the 73rd of his career. His rebound with 19 seconds remaining finished the triple-double and helped Denver to its second win over the Kings in three nights.

He spent most of the night battling Domantas Sabonis, who finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox had 26 points and 10 assists for Sacramento.

CAVALIERS 92, WIZARDS 86

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points, and All-Star center Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Cleveland beat Washington.

Washington matched the largest lead of the game at 84-75 on Daniel Gafford’s follow shot with 6:39 remaining, but Cleveland answered with 12 straight points, capped by two free throws by Allen to pull in front for good.

Kyle Kuzma made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 34 points for Washington.

CELTICS 113, PISTONS 104

DETROIT (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 27 points, and Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Boston beat Detroit.

The Celtics have won 11 of 12 games, the blemish a 112-111 home loss to Detroit on Feb. 16.

Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 25 points. Pistons guard Hamadou Diallo was ejected in the second quarter for pushing official Suyash Mehta when they nearly collided in transition.