Lakers even series with Rockets
LeBron James had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Anthony Davis added 34 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers evened their Western Conference semifinal series by beating the Rockets 117-109 on Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The Lakers opened a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 41 points in the third quarter to fall behind and then regrouped behind some high-flying plays by James to pull away again.
James Harden scored a team-high 27 points for the Rockets, who made 22 threepointers. But Russell Westbrook shot only 4-for-15 while scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
James had a dunk to open the fourth and tied the game with another dunk on a lob during an 8-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead for good. They put it away later with a 9-0 burst, featuring two baskets from Davis, to make it 113-101.
Bucks survive without Giannis
Even with Giannis Antetokounmpo missing most of the game with a sprained right ankle, the Bucks extended their season to a Game 5 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 118-115 victory in overtime against the Heat. Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 36 points in the third quarter, then made a huge three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime.
Miami still leads the series 3-1 but will surely spend the next two days lamenting how this one got away. The Heat gave up 12 straight points in the fourth quarter, wasting what was an eight-point lead in a closeout game.
Bam Adebayo had 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Heat.
Antetokounmpo had 19 of Milwaukee’s first 30 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the floor. But he aggravated his sprained right ankle with 10:18 left in the second quarter as he tried to drive past Andre Iguodala.
Nuggets star Jokic (wrist) questionable
Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic is questionable for Game 3 against the Clippers with a sprained right wrist.