An­te­tok­oun­mpo stars as Bucks stun Cava­liers

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Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo tied a ca­reer high with 34 points and the Mil­wau­kee Bucks stunned the Cleve­land Cava­liers 118-101 on Tues­day night. An­te­tok­oun­mpo added 12 re­bounds and five as­sists while Mil­wau­kee ended Cleve­land’s four-game win­ning streak. Jabari Parker had 18 points and Michael Beasley had 17 off the bench for the Bucks. LeBron James had 22 points for the Cava­liers, who fell to 13-3. Kyrie Irv­ing added 20 points. Mil­wau­kee led by 22 points in the fourth quar­ter and cruised past the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, who benched their starters mid­way through the fi­nal pe­riod. The Bucks outscored Cleve­land by 14 points in the third quar­ter. Cleve­land rode hot early shoot­ing to a 14-point first quar­ter lead, but Mil­wau­kee closed on a 10-0 run and trailed by only two at the end of the pe­riod. The hot hands of An­te­tok­oun­mpo and Beasley sparked Mil­wau­kee in the se­cond quar­ter as the Bucks built an ad­van­tage of eight points be­fore lead­ing 58-54 at the half.

NETS 127, CLIP­PERS 122, 2OT

Sean Kil­patrick scored 31 of his ca­reer-high 38 points after the third quar­ter and Brook­lyn stopped a seven-game los­ing streak with a dou­ble-over­time vic­tory over Los An­ge­les. The Clip­pers started the game with­out Blake Grif­fin, ended it with­out the ejected coach Doc Rivers and dropped their third straight game by blow­ing an 18-point lead. Chris Paul had 26 points, 13 as­sists and 10 re­bounds for the Clip­pers, but the best guard on the floor in crunch time was Kil­patrick, who also had a ca­reer-best 14 re­bounds. Brook Lopez added 27 points for the Nets. DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 21 points and 23 re­bounds for the Clip­pers, who rested Grif­fin, their lead­ing scorer.

MAGIC 95, SPURS 83

Serge Ibaka had 18 points and Or­lando took ad­van­tage of a sloppy night by San An­to­nio to snap the Spurs’ nine-game win­ning streak. San An­to­nio com­mit­ted a sea­son-high 19 turnovers in its worst scor­ing per­for­mance of the sea­son. The Spurs have four home losses in the first two months of this sea­son after fall­ing just once at AT&T Cen­ter in 2015-16. Evan Fournier scored 13 points and Nikola Vuce­vic had 12 to help the Magic snap a four-game skid. Or­lando en­tered hav­ing lost eight of 11, but they were looser and more fluid than San An­to­nio from the start. The Spurs’ turnovers re­sulted in 19 points for the Magic. Kawhi Leonard had 21 points for San An­to­nio and LaMar­cus Aldridge added 16.

PEL­I­CANS 105, LAK­ERS 88

An­thony Davis had 41 points and 16 re­bounds, help­ing New Or­leans dom­i­nate short-handed Los An­ge­les. Jrue Hol­i­day scored 22 points in his first start this sea­son and Omer Asik had 10 points and 11 as­sists while New Or­leans snapped a two-game skid. The Lak­ers ex­pected to be health­ier with for­ward Julius Ran­dle re­turn­ing to the lineup fol­low­ing a three-game ab­sence be­cause of a hip in­jury, but about two min­utes into the game, start­ing shoot­ing guard Nick Young was car­ried off with a strained right Achilles ten­don. Lou Wil­liams scored 16 points for the Lak­ers and Ran­dle fin­ished with 12, but Los An­ge­les was in a 20point hole by the se­cond quar­ter.

JAZZ 120, ROCK­ETS 101

Gor­don Hay­ward scored a sea­son-high 31 points, help­ing Utah beat Hous­ton for its sea­son-best fourth straight win. Utah started strong en route to a sea­son high for scor­ing. Rod­ney Hood had 10 points dur­ing a 20-5 firstquar­ter run after trail­ing 16-9, and Hous­ton never led again. Hood fin­ished with 19 points.Rudy Gobert recorded his 11th dou­ble­dou­ble of the sea­son with 16 points, 14 re­bounds and three blocks. Hay­ward had seven as­sists and five re­bounds. James Har­den scored 26 points but was an in­ef­fi­cient 8 for 23 from the field. He also had seven as­sists and five re­bounds, while Eric Gor­don scored 24 points off the bench.

PISTONS 112, HORNETS 89

To­bias Har­ris scored 24 points, Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope and Mar­cus Mor­ris each had 18 points and Detroit beat Char­lotte for its third straight win. Ish Smith added 13 points wh­hile Detroit shot 49 per­cent from the field. Kemba Walker had 23 points for the Hornets, who were play­ing their fourth game in five nights. The Pistons hadn’t played since Satur­day and looked much fresher through­out the game in snap­ping Char­lotte’s two-game win­ning streak. Detroit took a 10-point lead into the fourth quar­ter after Cald­well-Pope knocked down a pair of 3-point­ers late in the third. Things got sloppy from there with the Hornets turn­ing the ball over fre­quently on bad passes, and the game quickly turn­ing into a blowout. —AP

LOS AN­GE­LES: In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, Dar­ren Sharper looks to­ward his at­tor­ney, Blair Berk, dur­ing an ap­pear­ance in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court in Los An­ge­les. The for­mer NFL foot­ball star’s tour of shame and pun­ish­ment reached its con­clu­sion in the Los An­ge­les court­room where he first ad­mit­ted drug­ging and rap­ing women in sev­eral states. Sharper was sen­tenced Tues­day to 20 years in prison. — AP

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