Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, 16 rebounds and six assists to put host Milwaukee Bucks past the Philadelphia 76ers 124-117.
Thursday night NBA results
|Phoenix Suns 86 – 99 Boston Celtics|
|Philadelphia 76ers 117-124 Milwaukee Bucks|
|New Orleans Pelicans 135-100 Orlando Magic|
|Detroit Pistons 91-106 San Antonio Spurs|
|Charlotte Hornets 91-108 Chicago Bulls|
|Los Angeles Lakers 110 – 115 Dallas Mavericks|
Philadelphia 76ers 117-124 Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton added 24 points, Bobby Portis had 23 and Brook Lopez 16 for the Bucks, who ended a two-game losing streak. Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 11 assists for the Bucks (36-22).
The Bucks hit their first 10 shots of the game, got a 20-point advantage and were leading 77-60 at halftime. Milwaukee sank 13 of 21 3-point attempts in the first half and was led by Middleton with 21 points on a 9-for-11 shot. Embiid punctuated the Sixers with 17 at the break.
Philadelphia reduced the deficit to 94-85 at the end of the third, but the Bucks finished strong and held onto a 108-87 advantage at the end of the quarter. Portis scored Milwaukee’s last nine points on three 3-pointers to help build a 21-point lead. A late 14-1 inning closed Philly in six hours, 123-117 in the dying seconds.
Ben Simmons (sick) from Philadelphia did not make it to Milwaukee, missing a third straight game. Reserve Furkan Korkmaz also sat down after tweaking his ankle on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers (39-20) with 24 points. Shake Milton added 20 and Tobias Harris had 18 in his first game after missing the previous three with knee pain. Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey and Mike Scott contributed 11 each.
The Sixers have now lost three in a row without Simmons. The Bucks, who have made 20 treys in 40 attempts, will host the Sixers again on Saturday.
Los Angeles Lakers 110 – 115 Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 115-110 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Mavericks (32-26) won their second in a row to tie Portland for sixth in the Western Conference. Dallas moved less than 2.5 games behind the Lakers (35-24) for fifth place. The teams will play in Dallas again on Saturday night.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers, who have lost three of their last four games, with 29 points. Dennis Schroder finished with 25 points and 13 assists before fouling with 18.3 seconds left.
Anthony Davis played for the first time since Feb. 14 due to calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg, but only played 16 minutes and 40 seconds – all in the first half. Davis scored four points in shooting 2 for 10.
The Mavericks prevailed despite defeating Kristaps Porzingis with 2:32 left in the third quarter when he sprained his left ankle. Porzingis, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes, played the second night in a row for just the fourth time this season.
Phoenix Suns 86 – 99 Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker tied his season record with 32 points to lead the struggling Boston Celtics past the visiting Phoenix Suns 99-86.
Walker shot 11 of 17 from the field for the Celtics (32-27), who have won for the ninth time in their last 11 games. Jayson Tatum had 15 points and 11 rebounds on a 3-for-17 shot as he continues to heal a left ankle injury.
Boston played without Jaylen Brown (shoulder), Evan Fournier (health and safety) and Robert Williams III (knee).
Chris Paul had 22 points with eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Suns (42-17), who have lost only for the third time in their last 16 games. Devin Booker had 15 points before he fouled.
Phoenix only shot 6 of 35 (17.1%) from a distance of 3 points and was held at the team’s second lowest score at the end of a back-to-back.
New Orleans Pelicans 135-100 Orlando Magic
Brandon Ingram scored 29 points, Zion Williamson added 23 and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans took a 22-point lead at halftime and routed the Orlando Magic 135-100.
Ingram had 11 of 17 field goal attempts and Williamson sank 9 of 12 as the Pelicans (26-33) ended a four-game losing streak.
Willy Hernangomez had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 15 points for New Orleans, making 5 of 7 from 3 points. Steven Adams had 12 points and nine rebounds before sitting down in the second half to rest a sore ankle, and Jaxson Hayes scored 10.
Mo Bamba had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Devin Cannady scored 17 and Cole Anthony had 14 points for the Magic (18-41), who lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Gary Harris contributed 11 points while RJ Hampton 10 and Chasson Randle had 10 each.
New Orleans led by just two points after the first quarter, but beat Orlando 45-25 in the second quarter to take a 74-52 halftime lead. The Pelicans tied their highest point total in the first half of the season.
The Pelicans led by no less than 42 points.
Charlotte Hornets 91-108 Chicago Bulls
Nikola Vucevic, Coby White and Thaddeus Young all scored 18 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Charlotte Hornets 108-91.
Lauri Markkanen recorded 11 points and Tomas Satoransky provided 10 points for Chicago, who led by double digits for most of the game. The Bulls (25-34) have won for the third time in their last four games.
Graham de Devonte had 16 points and Miles Bridges added 13 points for the Hornets (28-30), who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Terry Rozier and Brad Wanamaker each finished with 11 points.
Vucevic also had 16 rebounds to bolster the Bulls’ 49-39 advantage on the boards. His six assists were one short of Satoransky’s team total. Vucevic had scored at least 16 points in his first 14 games with the Bulls until a nine-point outing Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Detroit Pistons 91-106 San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White scored 26 points, including 11 in the third quarter, to help the San Antonio Spurs secure a 106-91 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons in a shorthanded battle.
The game was the second in a row for both teams, and play was irregular.
The Spurs lost at home to the Miami Heat on Wednesday as Detroit fell on the road to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Spurs (29-29) were up 12 heading into the fourth quarter, but Detroit recovered to 84-81 after a face-off by Hamidou Diallo with 7:20 to go.
San Antonio responded with a 13-1 push that was capped by a 3-point Keldon Johnson with 4:24 left, which was more than enough to bring Spurs to the finish line.
Lonnie Walker IV contributed 18 points for Spurs, who have won three of their last four games. Jakob Poeltl added 17 points and 11 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Johnson scored 10 for San Antonio.
Spurs have rested Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills, and they announced just before the prediction that DeMar DeRozan, their season-leading scorer, would remain seated due to a right quad contusion.