Bucks beat Hawks 115-107 for 60th win


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 factors and Khris Middleton added 21 to ship Milwaukee to a methodical 115-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday evening, giving the Bucks 60 wins in a season for the primary time since 1981.

The Bucks, who’ve clinched the most effective document within the Jap Convention, led from the outset because the Hawks rested main scorers John Collins and Trae Younger.

Milwaukee led 85-72 coming into the ultimate interval, however Atlanta pulled to 101-98 on a drive by DeAndre’ Bembry with 3:28 left. Middleton countered with consecutive 3-pointers and Antetokounmpo related from past the arc to place Milwaukee up 110-98.

Alex Len had a career-high 33 factors for Atlanta, together with six 3-pointers.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Soaking within the franchise’s nostalgia of yesteryear, Stephen Curry scored 27 factors and helped Golden State clinch the Western Convention’s high playoff seed with a win in its ultimate regular-season sport at Oracle Area, beating Los Angeles for a fifth straight victory.

Kevin Durant added 16 factors and 7 assists, making six of seven area targets, as Warriors gamers opted to honor the previous by sporting throwback white “We Consider” jerseys worn throughout the 2007 playoff run that snapped a 12-year postseason drought.

A banner commemorating 47 years at Oracle was unveiled afterward and it’ll transfer throughout the bay to hold inside new Chase Heart in San Francisco the place the Warriors will play subsequent season.

Landry Shamet scored 17 factors with 5 3-pointers for a Clippers workforce nonetheless lacking Patrick Beverley due to a proper hip pointer. Los Angeles dropped right into a seventh-place tie with San Antonio within the West by shedding its third straight. Now, the Clippers play the Jazz within the regular-season finale Wednesday and with numerous eventualities very effectively might be returning to Oracle subsequent weekend for Sport 1 within the first spherical of the playoffs.

Draymond Inexperienced simply missed a triple-double with 10 factors, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in Golden State’s seventh win over the past eight video games and fifth in a row at dwelling.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 30 factors to guide Portland previous a Denver workforce that rested its high three scorers after securing home-court benefit within the first spherical of the playoffs.

Al-Farouq Aminu added 23 factors and 11 rebounds for Portland, which held onto fourth place within the Western Convention with two video games remaining. The win snapped a six-game shedding streak to the Nuggets.

Gary Harris had 18 factors for Denver, which performed with out Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray.

The Path Blazers obtained again CJ McCollum, who was out for 10 video games with a left knee harm. Coach Terry Stotts stated earlier than the sport that his minutes can be restricted, however McColllum performed 25 minutes and had 9 factors.

Champions of the Northwest Division, the Nuggets are assured not less than the No. Three seed within the West and may clinch the second seed with two extra wins.


HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 30 factors in simply three quarters as Houston broke its NBA document by making 27 3-pointers in a win over Phoenix.

Eric Gordon led the 3-point brigade by tying a profession excessive with eight, Harden added 5, P.J. Tucker had 4 and Danuel Home three.

Gary Clark tied the document with a bit of over three minutes to play and Houston missed the subsequent 4 earlier than Austin Rivers broke it with 1:09 remaining. The Rockets have made 26 twice this season with the final time coming Tuesday at Sacramento.

Jamal Crawford had 27 factors off the bench for the Suns with rising stars Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre out for the season with accidents.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 20 factors and Joe Harris added 19, main Brooklyn again into the NBA playoffs for the primary time in 4 years.

The Nets moved into place to clinch when Miami misplaced in time beyond regulation at Toronto earlier within the day. It’s additionally the primary time since 2014-15 the Nets haven’t posted a shedding document.

Domantas Sabonis completed with 17 factors and 12 rebounds to guide the Pacers. Thaddeus Younger scored 16 in a sport coach Nate McMillan promised to intently monitor the minutes his gamers logged.

LAKERS 113, JAZZ 109

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 32 factors and short-handed Los Angeles snapped Utah’s seven-game successful streak.

The Lakers, beset by accidents all season, dressed solely 10 gamers and performed eight. Caldwell-Pope, considered one of 5 Lakers in double figures, scored 18 factors throughout the fourth quarter as Los Angeles rallied for its second consecutive win. JaVale McGee added 22 factors and Alex Caruso had 18 factors and 11 assists.

It was an enormous loss for the playoff-bound Jazz, who fell two video games behind Portland for the fourth seed within the Western Convention and home-court benefit within the first spherical. Rudy Gobert led Utah with 21 factors and 10 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell scored 19.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ian Clark scored 31 factors with a career-best seven 3-pointers, Elfrid Payton had 12 of his 25 factors within the ultimate 3½ minutes and New Orleans beat Sacramento.

Jahlil Okafor added 23 factors and 14 rebounds to assist the Pelicans cease a three-game skid whereas beating the Kings for the third time in 4 conferences this season.

Harrison Barnes scored 29 factors for Sacramento in its ultimate dwelling sport. De’Aaron Fox added 24 factors and 11 assists, whereas Marvin Bagley had 19 factors and 14 rebounds.

New Orleans prevented the Kings from celebrating their first 40-win season at dwelling since 2005-06. Sacramento (39-42) can nonetheless attain 40 wins by beating Portland on the highway Wednesday.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 factors, 10 rebounds and 15 assists to assist Oklahoma Metropolis stay a half-game forward of San Antonio for seventh place within the Western Convention.

Paul George additionally scored 27 factors and Dennis Schroder had 14 of his 21 within the fourth quarter for the Thunder.

Karl-Anthony Cities led Minnesota with 35 factors, whereas Andrew Wiggins scored 24 and Dario Saric added 23. Tyus Jones scored 10 factors and tied his profession excessive with 13 assists.


CLEVELAND (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 factors and 13 rebounds as San Antonio prolonged Cleveland’s shedding streak to 9 video games.

The Spurs just lately clinched a postseason spot for a NBA record-tying 22nd yr in a row, however they don’t but know who they’ll play within the first spherical. San Antonio got here into the day in eighth place, which might imply an early matchup with defending champion Golden State. Nonetheless, the Spurs can nonetheless transfer forward of Oklahoma Metropolis and the Los Angeles Clippers as they personal tiebreakers with each groups.

DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills added 14 factors apiece for the balanced Spurs, who turned again each Cleveland problem within the second half. Mills made three 3-pointers in a two-minute span early within the fourth quarter to finish any probabilities of the Cavs rallying.

Rookie Collin Sexton and Brandon Knight scored 16 every for Cleveland, and the Cavs celebrated the upcoming retirement of ahead Channing Frye all through the sport.


TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 23 factors and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 22 factors and Toronto additional dented Miami’s fading playoff hopes.

Norman Powell matched his season excessive with 23 factors, Danny Inexperienced scored seven of his 21 factors in time beyond regulation and OG Anunoby had 12 as Toronto received its fourth straight over the Warmth.

Dwyane Wade scored 21 factors and James Johnson had 18 for the Warmth, who’ve misplaced a season-high 4 straight.


DETROIT (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 31 factors within the first half to assist Charlotte construct an enormous lead and cling to its probabilities of rallying for a playoff spot within the Jap Convention.

Walker had 11 factors within the first quarter and 9 within the second, lifting the Hornets to a 60-42 lead. He additionally had loads of assist as reserve Frank Kaminski scored a season-high 24 factors and Jeremy Lamb had 17 factors off the bench because the Hornets received their third straight.

Ish Smith scored 20 factors to guide Detroit, which has misplaced 4 straight to presumably plummet from being a sixth-seeded workforce to lacking the postseason for a 3rd consecutive yr and the ninth time in a decade. Blake Griffin had 16 factors on 5-of-18 capturing, Andre Drummond had 15 factors and 23 rebounds and Wayne Ellington scored 14 factors.


BOSTON (AP) — Terrence Ross had 26 factors, Nikola Vucevic added 25 factors and 12 rebounds and Orlando clinched its first playoff berth in seven years.

Evan Fournier added 24 factors for Orlando, which final made the postseason throughout the 2011-12 season. The Magic additionally obtained their first regular-season sweep over Boston since 1996-97.

Even with the loss, the Celtics clinched not less than the fourth seed and home-court benefit within the first spherical of the playoffs when Brooklyn beat Indiana.

Kyrie Irving had 23 factors for Boston. Al Horford completed with 18 factors and Gordon Hayward added 16 off the bench.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Salah Mejri scored a career-high 19 factors, together with the tying basket in regulation and the primary seven factors of time beyond regulation to guide Dallas.

Mejri, who had 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, was 7 of 12 from the ground and made a pair of 3-pointers. Trey Burke led the Mavericks with 24 factors, 14 within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation. Justin Jackson and Dorian Finney-Smith added 16 factors apiece, and Finney-Smith grabbed 12 rebounds.

Delon Wright had his second consecutive triple-double with 20 factors, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the Grizzlies. Justin Vacation paced Memphis with a career-high 30 factors.


NEW YORK (AP) — Mario Hezonja scored a career-high 30 factors and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 44 seconds left, and New York beat Washington at dwelling for the primary time in six years.

Luke Kornet added 17 factors and Kevin Knox had 16 for the Knicks, who would have tied the franchise document with a 65th loss had they not rallied from a 10-point deficit after three quarters.

They’d misplaced 9 straight at Madison Sq. Backyard to the Wizards since their final victory on April 9, 2013, however Hezonja introduced New York again with some large performs within the ultimate interval.

Jeff Inexperienced had 19 factors and Thomas Bryant scored 17 for the Wizards, who have to beat Boston on Tuesday of their ultimate sport to keep away from a 50-loss season.


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