Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 49 points, Khris Middleton had 26 and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks edged Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets 117-114 on Sunday.
Antetokounmpo also had eight rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots. He went 21 for 36 from the field, helping Milwaukee overcome a terrific performance by Durant. Antetokounmpo finished three points shy of his career-high, set against Philadelphia in March 2019.
The Bucks (40-24) won for the third time in four games to pull within 2 1/2 of the Nets (43-22) in the three-way battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is on top at 42-21, heading into its matchup with San Antonio on Sunday night.
Milwaukee hosts Brooklyn again on Tuesday night.
KINGS 111, MAVERICKS 99
DALLAS (AP) – Buddy Hield scored 27 points, Marvin Bagley III had 23 points, nine rebounds, and Sacramento completed a season sweep of Dallas.
All three games were in 15 days, in which the Mavericks finished with a 6-0 record against the other teams while going 0-3 for the second time in three seasons against the Kings.
Luka Doncic scored 30 points before getting ejected in the final minute after his second technical foul in another game without European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis, battling right knee soreness. Dallas sixth man Tim Hardaway Jr. missed his second game of the season with right ankle soreness.
But the Kings, 12th in the Western Conference and with little hope of reaching the 10th seed that would get them into the play-in tournament, we’re short-handed, too. Rookie Tyrese Halliburton was forced to leave in the third quarter with a left knee injury. The Kings already missing two other starters in De’Aaron Fox (COVID-19 protocols) and Harrison Barnes (left thigh injury).
76ERS 113, SPURS 111
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Joel Embiid had 34 points, and 12 rebounds, and Philadelphia held on to beat undermanned San Antonio.
Ben Simmons tipped in the game-winner off a miss from Embiid as time expired. Embiid had four points in overtime, all on free throws.
Seth Curry scored 22 points, and Dwight Howard added 14 as Philadelphia won its fourth straight to remain atop the Eastern Conference. Simmons finished with five points, six rebounds, and five assists in 35 minutes.
Lonnie Walker IV had 23 points to lead the Spurs, who lost their third straight. Keldon Johnson added 19 points, Rudy Gay had 18, and Gorgui Dieng 17. San Antonio was without four starters as Dejounte Murray and Derrick White missed the game due to injuries, and DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl sat out for rest.