Antetokounmpo’s double-double helps Bucks avenge loss to Cavaliers
Star scores 26 points, grabs 10 rebounds
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.