MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and Khris Middleton added 21 to send Milwaukee to a methodical 115-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, giving the Bucks 60 wins in a season for the first time since 1981.
The Bucks, who have clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, led from the outset as the Hawks rested leading scorers John Collins and Trae Young.
TRAIL BLAZERS 115, NUGGETS 108
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 30 points to lead Portland past a Denver team that rested its top three scorers after securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Al-Farouq Aminu added 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which held onto fourth place in the Western Conference with two games remaining. The win snapped a six-game losing streak to the Nuggets.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 30 points in just three quarters as Houston broke its NBA record by making 27 3-pointers in a win over Phoenix.
Eric Gordon led the 3-point brigade by tying a career high with eight, Harden added five, P.J. Tucker had four and Danuel House three.
Gary Clark tied the record with a little over three minutes to play and Houston missed the next four before Austin Rivers broke it with 1:09 remaining. The Rockets have made 26 twice this season with the last time coming Tuesday at Sacramento.
NETS 108, PACERS 96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Joe Harris added 19, leading Brooklyn back into the NBA playoffs for the first time in four years.
The Nets moved into position to clinch when Miami lost in overtime at Toronto earlier in the day. It’s also the first time since 2014-15 the Nets have not posted a losing record.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 32 points and short-handed Los Angeles snapped Utah’s seven-game winning streak.
The Lakers, beset by injuries all season, dressed only 10 players and played eight. Caldwell-Pope, one of five Lakers in double figures, scored 18 points during the fourth quarter as Los Angeles rallied for its second consecutive win. JaVale McGee added 22 points and Alex Caruso had 18 points and 11 assists.
THUNDER 132, TIMBERWOLVES 126
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists to help Oklahoma City remain a half-game ahead of San Antonio for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Paul George also scored 27 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter for the Thunder.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds as San Antonio extended Cleveland’s losing streak to nine games.
The Spurs recently clinched a postseason spot for a NBA record-tying 22nd year in a row, but they don’t yet know who they’ll play in the first round. San Antonio came into the day in eighth place, which would mean an early matchup with defending champion Golden State. However, the Spurs can still move ahead of Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers as they own tiebreakers with both teams.
HEAT 109, OT
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and Toronto further dented Miami’s fading playoff hopes.
Norman Powell matched his season high with 23 points, Danny Green scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and OG Anunoby had 12 as Toronto won its fourth straight over the Heat.
DETROIT (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 31 points in the first half to help Charlotte build a big lead and cling to its chances of rallying for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Walker had 11 points in the first quarter and nine in the second, lifting the Hornets to a 60-42 lead. He also had plenty of help as reserve Frank Kaminski scored a season-high 24 points and Jeremy Lamb had 17 points off the bench as the Hornets won their third straight.
BOSTON (AP) — Terrence Ross had 26 points, Nikola Vucevic added 25 points and 12 rebounds and Orlando clinched its first playoff berth in seven years.
Evan Fournier added 24 points for Orlando, which last made the postseason during the 2011-12 season. The Magic also got their first regular-season sweep over Boston since 1996-97.
MAVERICKS 129, GRIZZLIES 127, OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Salah Mejri scored a career-high 19 points, including the tying basket in regulation and the first seven points of overtime to lead Dallas.
Mejri, who had nine rebounds and four blocks, was 7 of 12 from the floor and made a pair of 3-pointers. Trey Burke led the Mavericks with 24 points, 14 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Justin Jackson and Dorian Finney-Smith added 16 points apiece, and Finney-Smith grabbed 12 rebounds.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mario Hezonja scored a career-high 30 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 44 seconds left, and New York beat Washington at home for the first time in six years.
Luke Kornet added 17 points and Kevin Knox had 16 for the Knicks, who would have tied the franchise record with a 65th loss had they not rallied from a 10-point deficit after three quarters.