NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores 49 For The Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 49 points on Sunday as hosts the Milwaukee Bucks won the Brooklyn Nets 117-114.

Antetokounmpo, who missed Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls with an ankle injury, delivered the dunk that put the Bucks ahead for good with 7:57 left. The 49 points were the third-most of his career and his most since he scored 50 points against the Utah Jazz on November 25, 2019.

Khris Middleton had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Bucks maintained its hopes of finishing first in the Eastern Conference for the third straight season. Milwaukee closed within 2 1/2 games of the second-place Nets and within three games of the East-leading Philadelphia 76ers.

Durant tied a season-high with 42 points but missed a pair of potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds, including a shot that glanced off the rim just before the buzzer.

DeAndre Jordan finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving scored 20 points.

Miami Heat 121- 111 Charlotte Hornets

Miami Heat Power Forward Bam Adebayo (13) goes for a rebound during NBA game against the Charlotte Hornets

Bam Adebayo recorded 20 points and 10 assists as the visiting Miami defeated Charlotte for the first time in three meetings this season.

Kendrick Nunn scored in 19 points, while Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic each recorded 18 points for the Heat. Dewayne Dedmon had 14 points, while  Duncan Robinson scored 10 points as Miami won its third game in a row. Butler had eight rebounds and eight assists.

P.J. Washington led Charlotte with 21 points, while Miles Bridges chipped in 15 points. Terry Rozier had 14 points and Jalen McDaniels got 12 points.

The Hornets lost for the third time in their past four games.

Toronto Raptors 121- 114 Los Angeles Lakers

Cameroon’s Pascal Siakam (43) shoots during NBA Basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers

Pascal Siakam finished with 39 points and 13 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry recorded a season-high 37 points and added 11 assists as Toronto dealt Los Angeles its sixth loss in the last seven games.

Kyle Kuzma came off the bench to lead Los Angeles with 24 points. In his second game back from a high-ankle sprain, LeBron James finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, although he departed with 6:42 left due to soreness in the ankle.

Andre Drummond totaled 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Davis finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who are among three teams tied for fifth in the Western Conference.

Other NBA results 

Philadelphia76ers 113 – 111 San Antonio Spurs

New York Knicks 122 – 97 Houston Rockets

Sacramento Kings 111 – 99 Dallas Mavericks

Portland Trail Blazers 129 – 119 Celtics

Phoenix Suns 123 – 120 Oklahoma City Thunder

Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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