An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s dou­ble-dou­ble helps Bucks avenge loss to Cava­liers

Star scores 26 points, grabs 10 re­bounds

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo col­lected 26 points, 10 re­bounds as the host Mil­wau­kee Bucks posted a 127-105 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Sun­day.

Ge­orge Hill and Khris Mid­dle­ton each had 17 points, and Brook Lopez scored all 14 of his points in the first half for the Bucks, who avenged a 107102 set­back to the Cava­liers on Wed­nes­day. An­te­tok­oun­mpo sat out that con­test with an an­kle in­jury, but he made his pres­ence felt on Sun­day by shoot­ing 11-for-16 from the floor and adding seven as­sists and four blocks.

Tony Snell fin­ished with 12 points, but played spar­ingly af­ter col­lid­ing with Cleve­land’s Cedi Os­man mid­way into the third quar­ter.

Kevin Love high­lighted his 20-point per­for­mance with four 3-point­ers and added 19 re­bounds for the Cava­liers, who fell to 6-30 away from home. Jor­dan Clark­son scored 19 points, and rookie Collin Sex­ton added 18 in the loss.

• Lou Wil­liams scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quar­ter, Danilo Gal­li­nari added 26 points and hit the goa­head 3-pointer with 4:12 re­main­ing as the surg­ing Los An­ge­les Clip­pers ran their win­ning streak to five games with a 124-113 vic­tory over the host New York Knicks, who reached 60 losses. Wil­liams scored 12 points in Los An­ge­les’ 21-9 game-end­ing run by hit­ting two 3-point­ers, two jumpers, and two free throws. Gal­li­nari reached 20 points for a ca­reer-high ninth straight game.

• Bo­jan Bog­danovic ex­ploded for 35 points while team­mates Myles Turner and Do­man­tas Sabo­nis recorded dou­ble-dou­bles as the host In­di­ana Pac­ers avenged last week’s loss to the Den­ver Nuggets with a 124-88 romp in a duel of teams bat­tling for NBA play­off po­si­tion­ing. The win al­lowed the Pac­ers (45-29), com­ing off a four-game road los­ing streak that in­cluded a 102-100 de­feat in Den­ver on March 16, to so­lid­ify their stand­ing as the No. 4 team in the East­ern Con­fer­ence with just eight games re­main­ing.

• Jeremy Lamb’s des­per­a­tion 48foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the vis­it­ing Char­lotte Hor­nets a 115-114 vic­tory over the Toronto Rap­tors. Af­ter the Rap­tors trailed by 14 points less than a minute into the fourth quar­ter, Kawhi Leonard gave them the lead on a jumper with 45 sec­onds left, then made a block at the other end. But the Hor­nets had one big play left in them, and they won their third straight game. Kemba Walker scored 15 points and added 13 as­sists and eight re­bounds for the Hor­nets.

• James Har­den scored 28 points and the Hous­ton Rock­ets clinched a play­off berth with a 113-90 vic­tory over the host New Or­leans Pel­i­cans.

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