Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, and the visiting Bucks rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to beat the Heat 113-98 Friday night.
Antetokounmpo also had 16 rebounds and nine assists for Milwaukee, who became the first team in NBA history to trail by at least 20 points at the half and win by more than 11. Khris Middleton scored 21 and Eric Bledsoe had 17 for the NBA-best Bucks, who improved to 52-17.
Milwaukee outscored Miami 71-36 in the second half.
Justise Winslow had all of his 20 points in the first half for Miami, which had its lead over Orlando and Charlotte for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference trimmed to just one game.
76ers 123, Kings 114: Joel Embiid had 21 points and 17 rebounds and made some big plays on both ends of the court late in the fourth quarter, and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points in host Philadelphia’s win over Sacramento. Tobias Harris and JJ Redick each added 19 points, and Ben Simmons contributed 18 for the 76ers, who won their third in a row to pull even with idle Indiana for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points apiece for Sacramento.
Trail Blazers 122, Pelicans 110: Damian Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading scorer in Trail Blazers history as visiting Portland beat New Orleans. Lillard passed LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) on the team’s list, giving him 12,584 and leaving only Clyde Drexler ahead of him with 18,040. New Orleans’ Julius Randle had a career-high 45 points and 11 rebounds.
Rockets 108, Suns 102: James Harden had 41 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and host Houston outlasted Phoenix. The Rockets had trouble putting away the Suns, who have won just 16 games this season, and trailed for much of the night as they struggled from long range, making just 11 of 40 3-pointers. Devin Booker had 29 points for the Suns.
Hornets 116, Wizards 110: Kemba Walker scored 28 points and visiting Charlotte held on over Washington in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte. Bradley Beal, who had 15 points in a loss at Charlotte last Friday, had 23 by halftime and finished with 40 points.
Spurs 109, Knicks 83: LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat host New York to extend its season-best winning streak to seven games. New York, which was without injured point guard Dennis Smith Jr., lost its eighth straight.
Pistons 111, Lakers 97: Andre Drummond had 19 points and 23 rebounds, and visiting Detroit took advantage of LeBron James’ absence, beating Los Angeles. Los Angeles played at Toronto the previous night. The Lakers were also without Lonzo Ball (left ankle), Tyson Chandler (neck), Brandon Ingram (right arm) and Lance Stephenson (toe).
Clippers 128, Bulls 121 Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, Montrezl Harrell added 26 and host Los Angeles rallied against Chicago in a third quarter that saw both coaches ejected. Los Angeles opened the quarter with a 19-4 run and the lead reached 18 shortly before Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Bulls coach Jim Boylen were kicked out when they began arguing with 1:10 remaining after Boylen felt Harrell was too aggressive on an offensive foul. Lou Williams added 18 points for the Clippers. Zach LaVine led Chicago with 31 points.
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