NBA roundup: Bucks cruise past the defending champs

Giannis Antetokounmpo tied a career high with 34 points and the host Milwaukee Bucks surprised the Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-101, on Tuesday night. 

Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds and five assists as Milwaukee ended Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. 

Jabari Parker had 18 points and Michael Beasley had 17 off the bench for the Bucks. 

LeBron James had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 13-3. Kyrie Irving added 20 points. 

Milwaukee led by 22 points in the fourth quarter and cruised past the defending champions, who benched their starters midway through the final period. The Bucks outscored Cleveland by 14 points in the third quarter. 

Cleveland rode hot early shooting to a 14-point first-quarter lead, but Milwaukee closed on a 10-0 run and trailed by only two at the end of the period. Antetokounmpo and Beasley sparked Milwaukee in the second quarter as the Bucks built an advantage of eight points before leading 58-54 at the half. 

Orlando 95, at San Antonio 83: Serge Ibaka had 18 points and the Magic took advantage of a sloppy night by the Spurs to end a four-game skid and end San Antonio’s nine-game winning streak. The Spurs, who got 21 points from Kawhi Leonard, committed a season-high 19 turnovers. They shot only six for 19 in the third period, turning the ball over four times while being outscored 30-21. 

Detroit 112, at Charlotte 89: The Pistons won their third in a row as Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each had 18. Kemba Walker had 23 points for the Hornets, who were playing their fourth game in five nights. Detroit’s Andre Drummond was ejected in the second quarter after being assessed a flagrant-2 foul for elbowing Hornets center Roy Hibbert in the back of the head.

at Utah 120, Houston 101: Gordon Hayward collected 31 points and the Jazz had a season high in scoring while earning their fourth straight win. Utah had a 20-5 first-quarter run after trailing 16-9, and the Rockets never led again. Houston’s James Harden scored 26 points. 

at New Orleans 105, Lakers 88

at Brooklyn 127, Clippers 122 (2OT)

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