Dec 19, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates after making a basket during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
December 20, 2017
(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday’s National Basketball Association games:
Bucks 119, Cavaliers 116
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s three-point play with 5.9 seconds left capped a 27-point night and halted a furious comeback attempt as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 119-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 39 points but wasn’t on the floor in the fourth quarter as Cleveland used a 24-2 run to dig out of a deep deficit. Jeff Green and Dwyane Wade scored nine each in the final quarter, finishing with 13 and 14, respectively.
Eric Bledsoe had a big night for Milwaukee, scoring 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including two 3-pointers, as the Bucks made 11 of 29 from distance and shot 52.4 percent overall.
Wizards 116, Pelicans 106
Bradley Beal scored 22 of his 26 points during the second half of a game loaded with massive point swings as Washington outlasted New Orleans.
Mike Scott had 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting for the Wizards, who rebounded from Sunday’s 106-99 loss to Cleveland. John Wall finished with 18 points and 10 assists.
Anthony Davis scored 22 of his 37 points in the first half for the Pelicans, who have dropped three of four. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Kings 101, 76ers 95
Zach Randolph, taking advantage of the absence of Joel Embiid, scored 27 points as Sacramento rallied for a victory over Philadelphia.
Buddy Hield added 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit to end a two-game losing streak. Frank Mason Jr. chipped in with 16 points.
Robert Covington scored 17 points to lead the Sixers, who lost their third straight and their seventh in eight games. Jerryd Bayless added 15 points, and Ben Simmons had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Embiid, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, missed his second straight game with lower back soreness. Philadelphia is 1-6 without Embiid this season.