New Straits Times
Fighting Bucks stop slide
MILWAUKEE: Giannis Antetokounmpo registered 35 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit to post a 118-110 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at the Bradley Center.
Eric Bledsoe contributed 22 points and seven assists as Milwaukee halted a four-game slide. Jabari Parker scored 13 points, Tyler Zeller andJohn Henson had 11 apiece and Khris Middleton scored 10.
Skal Labissiere hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining as Sacramento squandered a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter and escaped with a narrow win over visiting New York.
The Kings needed Labissiere’s 14th career 3-pointer in 38 career attempts because they gave up a 24-5 run after appearing to be in command in the opening minutes of the fourth.
Austin Rivers scored 27 points and drilled a 3-pointer with 33.8 seconds left to give host Los Angeles the lead for good in a win over Brooklyn.
Caris LeVert came off the bench to score 27 points for Brooklyn, while DeMarre Carroll hit for 20, going 6-for-11 on 3pointers.
Three other reserves had big scoring games for the Nets, with Joe Harris adding 19 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 15 and Dante Cunningham 14.
DeMar DeRozan canned a 3pointer and converted a threepoint play in the final three minutes, enabling host Toronto to hold off Charlotte.
Charlotte had cut a 13-point deficit to 88-86 with 5:11 left on a three-point play by Jeremy Lamb, but the Raptors’ cornerstone backcourt of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry kept the visitors at bay.
Jrue Holiday scored 30 points and Nikola Mirotic added 24 as New Orleans beat host Dallas to capture their eighth straight win.
Holiday and Mirotic combined for 13 points during a 15-2 run early in the fourth quarter that gave the Pelicans a comfortable lead after Dallas had pulled to within 91-87 at the beginning of the period.
Victor Oladipo finished with a game-high 33 points as Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak against host Washington.
Oladipo, who grew up in nearby Silver Spring, Md., scored 19 in the first half as Indiana never trailed and took a 10-point halftime lead.
Taurean Prince scored 22 points, including a go-ahead 3pointer with 8.6 seconds to play, to help Atlanta nip visiting Phoenix.
TJ Warren scored a game-high 35 points and gave the Suns a 112110 lead with a layup with 20.8 seconds to play. Prince got to the left wing on the Hawks’ ensuing possession and hit a tough, leanin 3-pointer for the win. It was Prince’s sixth 3-pointer of the day, a career-high.
Devin Booker scored 20 points for the Suns, but missed a contested baseline jumper as time expired.