Bucks rally to beat Clippers for 5th straight victory

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and sparked a closing 9-0 run to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 early yesterday for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Bucks won for the first time in 11 games this season when trailing after three quarters.

Kawhi Leonard’s potential tying three-point attempt bounced off the front rim with about four seconds left. Khris Middleton got the rebound and sealed it with two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining.

After Leonard’s jumper gave Los Angeles a 100-96 lead with 4:01 left, the Clippers didn’t score again.

LAKERS 117, WARRIORS 91

LeBron James scored 19 points in his 1,300th regular-season appearance to help Los Angeles rout Golden State.

The defending NBA champions had dropped five of six since Anthony Davis suffered a right calf strain on February 14, but have won their last two.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers. PHOTO: AP

SUNS 118, TIMBERWOLVES 99

Devin Booker scored 21 of his season-high 43 points in the third quarter to carry Phoenix past Minnesota for its 14th win in last 17 games.

Booker hit 15 of 26 shots from the floor, repeatedly blowing by his defenders for smooth pullup jumpers and traffic-beating, twisting layups for the 13th 40-point game of his six-year career.

CELTICS 11, WIZARDS 110

Jayson Tatum made two twisting, driving baskets in the final 15 seconds and finished with 31 points, helping Boston overcome Bradley Beal’s 46-point night for Washington.

Kemba Walker scored 21 points for the Celtics, and Daniel Theis had 20 points and nine rebounds. Boston, which beat Indiana on Friday, has won consecutive games for the first time since late January.

GRIZZLIES 133, ROCKETS 84

Justise Winslow scored 20 points and Memphis pounded Houston for the Rockets’ 11th straight loss.

In just his fourth game back after missing more than a year because of a hip injury, Winslow — playing in his hometown — had his best scoring night since October 2019.

Houston has its longest losing streak since a 15-game skid in November and December 2001.

KNICKS 109, PISTONS 90

Julius Randle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and New York beat Detroit to move above .500.

At 18-17, the Knicks have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and have won seven of their last nine games. The Knicks were last above .500 this far into the season since they were 54-28 at the end of 2012-13, according to SportRadar.

HEAT 109, HAWKS 99

Kendrick Nunn scored 24 points and Miami extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to six games, beating Atlanta to get back to .500.

Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami improve to 17-17. The Heat were without Jimmy Butler because of inflammation in his right knee.