Kings rally over Lakers

Bogdan Bogdanovic made a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night in the Lakers’ first game this season without LeBron James.

Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and De’Aaron Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds. Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six threes.

James was held out with a groin injury, ending his games-played streak at 156. The four-time MVP was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors on Christmas when he slipped while going for a loose ball.

Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back.

Bogdanovic, who had 11 points through three quarters, sparked the comeback with 12 points in the fourth, including two buckets from beyond the arc.

Following a timeout, Bogdanovic got the ball outside the arc and launched a 27-footer over the 7-foot-1 Chandler for the game-winner.

Rockets 127, Celtics 113: James Harden thinks he should be in the MVP discussion again this season and showed why.

Harden had 45 points and six assists, Clint Capela added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and host Houston picked up its eighth win in nine games.

Harden, who was playing on a bruised left calf, had 17 points in the first quarter and finished 11-for-26 from the field, including 9-for-18 from beyond the arc.

Eric Gordon scored 20 points for Houston, which shot 48 percent while improving to a season-high four games above .500. Houston finished 18-for-45 from long range.

Bucks 112, Knicks 96: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 25 points and host Milwaukee rolled to its sixth win in seven games. The Bucks swept the home-and-home series, having won at New York 109-95 on Christmas.

Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical foul, but remained in the game after a brief altercation midway through the fourth quarter with Enes Kanter, who was ejected.

“I think it’s one of his strengths,” said Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer. “We’ve talked about during this season, there can be frustration when things are missed, or you see things certain ways. He just tends to keep his focus, keep his composure, go to the next play.”

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