Saturday, March 25, 2023

NBA roundup: Giannis Antetokounmpo pours in 41 in Bucks’ win

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points and tacked 12 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks clinched a 141-131 win over host Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis on Friday night.
In a scoring effort for Milwaukee, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton complemented Antetokounmpo with 23 and 17 points, respectively. Seven Bucks players scored in double figures, including Brook Lopez (15), Pat Connaughton (14), Jevon Carter (12) and Grayson Allen (13).
Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points, closely followed by Buddy Hield with 22 points. Rookie Bennedict Mathurin also contributed 21 while TJ McConnell added 19. The Pacers were without Tyrese Haliburton for the ninth straight game.
Hield, the NBA leader in 3-point shots, led all players with 5-for-9 shots from beyond the arc.
Timber Wolves 111, Grizzlies 100
Anthony Edwards amassed 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota to a win over the tumbling Memphis in Minneapolis.
Kyle Anderson had a season-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. D’Angelo Russell recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Timberwolves, who have won 10 of their last 14 games to go a game over .500 in the season. Minnesota opened its six-game home grandstand by recording its eighth win in its last nine games at the Target Center.
Memphis native Ja Morant contributed 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to his fourth triple-double of the season. He has eclipsed the 20-point platoon in 12 straight games. Dillon Brooks scored 17 points, Brandon Clarke added 15, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 14 for the Grizzlies. However, Memphis committed 21 turnovers en route to extending its losing streak to five games in the season.

Thunder 112, Cavaliers 100
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points to help Oklahoma City beat visiting Cleveland for their sixth win in their last eight games.
Darius Garland had 31 points and 13 assists to lead the Cavs, who have lost four of their last six games. Evan Mobley added 23 points and 11 rebounds. Cleveland played without Donovan Mitchell for the second straight season and with a groin strain for the fifth time in six games. Mitchell aggravated the injury in Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks.
Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game with eight assists, three of them in the fourth quarter. Jalen Williams added 17 points.

Heat 110, Magic 105
Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 29 points, including a crucial one with 1:29 remaining that helped lift Miami beyond the Orlando visit.
Butler also finished with six rebounds and six assists. Bam Adebayo delivered his own strong all-around game to complement Butler, scoring 20 points, hitting a game-high seven assists and nabbing six rebounds. Strus ended with 17 points off the bench. Gabe Vincent added another 11 points in reserve duty. Caleb Martin scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high with seven rebounds to help Miami secure their third straight win and fourth in their last five games.
Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony all scored 19 points on a difficult offensive night for the Magic. Orlando shot just 33 of 69 from the floor and committed 20 turnovers.

Warriors 129, Raptors 117
Stephen Curry posted a game-high 35 points and contributed 11 assists on a stunning passing game at the Golden State as the Warriors thwarted San Francisco with high-percentage shooting.
Klay Thompson contributed 29 points and Donte DiVincenzo hit Curry with 11 of Golden State’s 40 assists, helping the Warriors win a second straight series to complete a three-game homestand.
Fred VanVleet had 28 points, Scottie Barnes 24 and Pascal Siakam 21 for the Raptors, who lost OG Anunoby in the second quarter to a left wrist injury.


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