In a duel between NBA championship contenders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers, 105-100 in Milwaukee.
Sunday night NBA results
|Los Angeles Clippers 100-105 Bucks Milwaukee|
|Washington Wizards 110-110 Boston Celtics|
|New York Knicks 109-90 Detroit Pistons|
|Memphis Grizzlies 133 – 84 Houston Rockets|
|Golden State Warriors 91-117 Los Angeles Lakers|
|Atlanta Hawks 99-109 Miami Heat|
|Phoenix Suns 118 – 99 Minnesota Timberwolves|
Los Angeles Clippers 100-105 Bucks Milwaukee
Antetokounmpo scored 36 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, becoming the second player in Milwaukee history to score 35 or more points in four straight games.
The Bucks, who won their fifth straight game, ended the contest in a 9-0 run.
Leading 101-100 after a pair of free throws from Antetokounmpo, the Bucks regained possession after a missed jumper by Paul George. After a timeout, the Bucks spun the ball around the perimeter and fed Antetokounmpo, who passed Marcus Morris Sr and made an emphatic one-handed dunk with 10.3 seconds left.
Leonard had a chance to equalize on the other end, but his three-point pointer hit the front of the rim and bounced off Khris Middleton, who was fouled 2.1 seconds from the end. Middleton hit both free throws to seal the victory.
Leonard finished with 25 points and nine rebounds as the Clippers used a 13-0 run to take a 73-70 lead at the end of the third. But the Clippers shot 0 for 7 in the 4:01 final of the game.
Washington Wizards 110 – 111 Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 31 points, including the winning Bucket with 4.7 seconds left, as the shorthanded Boston Celtics edged out the visiting Washington Wizards 111-110.
Kemba Walker had 21 points and Daniel Theis added 20 for the Celtics, who won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 24-25 to tie their record at 0.500. Boston played without All-Star Jaylen Brown (left knee pain).
Bradley Beal scored 46 points but missed his chance to win the game with a second to go. He finished 16 of 29 with 11 free throws. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Davis Bertans scored 20 as the Wizards lost for just the second time in their last nine games.
Washington was ahead 106-98 before a 7-0 streak put Boston at one with 1:33 to go. After Robin Lopez and Beal pulled the Wizards back by five with 46.9 seconds left, Tatum struck twice to bring the Celtics’ deficit down to one.
Washington regained possession, but Beal went out of bounds below the rim to prepare for Tatum’s game winner.
New York Knicks 109-90 Detroit Pistons
Julius Randle had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the visiting New York Knicks recorded their third straight victory passing the Detroit Pistons 109-90.
RJ Barrett provided 21 points and five rebounds, while Alec Burks contributed 16 points off the bench. Derrick Rose, who was traded by the Pistons earlier this month, had 14 points and five assists for New York against his former team.
Immanuel Quickley scored 12 points for the Knicks and Nerlens Noel added eight points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Jerami Grant led the Pistons, who have lost three in a row, with 21 points and eight rebounds. Wayne Ellington contributed 15 points off the bench. Josh Jackson added 12 points and Saddiq Bey added 10 points for Detroit.
Atlanta Hawks 99-109 Miami Heat
Kendrick Nunn scored a team-high 24 points as the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to six games with a 109-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Miami received 16 points and 13 rebounds from Bam Adebayo, while Precious Achiuwa and Tyler Herro each have 14 points. Goran Dragic, starting his first game for Miami since Feb.5, had 13 points.
South Florida native John Collins returned home and tallied 34 points with 10 rebounds to lead Atlanta. Collins had 19 points in the third, his career high for a quarter. His 34 points were one short of his season record.
Atlanta also got 20 points and 14 rebounds from Clint Capela. NBA leader in offensive rebounds, Capela had nine of his boards on missed shots from his own team.
Hawks star Trae Young, who entered the game averaging 27.8 points, was held to just 15. He missed his first five shots and only had six points up to 6: 04 to play fourth.
Jimmy Butler, who leads Miami in scoring, assists and steals, missed the game with an inflammation in his right knee. The Heat are now 4-9 without Butler this season and 13-8 when playing.
Memphis Grizzlies 133 – 84 Houston Rockets
With Brandon Clarke and Justise Winslow to the beat of a strong performance off the bench, the Memphis Grizzlies earned a 133-84 victory over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.
Clarke produced a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double while Houston native Winslow really enjoyed coming home with 20 shooting 8-for-12 points in his fourth game this season. The Grizzlies amassed 85 bench points, including 32 in the first half.
The Grizzlies sailed despite a suspended game from guard Ja Morant and a modest contribution from center Jonas Valanciunas, who notched his fourth foul with just under nine minutes left in the first half and recorded just 13 minutes. Morant finished with six points on the 2-for-8 shot.
John Wall scored 14 points for the game, but missed 12 of 16 shots and failed to register a rebound or assist. The Rockets shot 27.7% overall and finished 4 for 45 behind the arc with Wall, Gordon and House combining to shoot 0 for 16 on 3 points.
Golden State Warriors 91-117 Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the visiting Golden State Warriors 117-91.
James, who also had six rebounds, hit 7 of 12 shots, including 3 of 5 to 3 points in 24 minutes at the season low. He and the Lakers starters rested the entire fourth quarter.
Markieff Morris contributed 13 points and eight rebounds, Alex Caruso also scored 13 and Dennis Schroder had 12 points and six assists for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Talen Horton-Tucker had 11 points off the bench.
Stephen Curry, who entered the game averaging 29.9 points per game, had just 16 points, seven assists and three steals as the Warriors came to a three-game winning streak. Curry missed five of the seven three points he attempted.
The Warriors lost Draymond Green late in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle. Green, who recorded a career-high 19 assists in Friday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets, finished with six points and two assists in 13 minutes.
Phoenix Suns 118 – 99 Minnesota Timberwolves
Devin Booker scored a season-high 43 points on 15 of 26 shots to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 118-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
Deandre Ayton scored 22 points on 9 of 11 shots and had 10 rebounds as the Suns won for the 14th time in their last 17 games.
Dario Saric scored 13 points off the bench and Chris Paul added 11 points and tied his season record of 15 assists for Phoenix.
Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, who own the worst NBA 7-28 record.
Jake Layman had 11 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight straight games, the worst of the season, as well as 14 of their last 16.
Minnesota are 0-4 under new coach Chris Finch and allowed an average of 129.5 points during the period.