Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, Khris Middleton had 18 and the Bucks beat Toronto 105-92 on Thursday night, ending the Raptors’ home winning streak at 10 games.
“It’s big for us but we’ve got to stay humble, keep working hard, keep working on our game and keep moving forward,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know we’re going to be back here eventually.”
D.J. Wilson scored a career-high 16 points, Eric Bledsoe had 14 and Milwaukee wrapped up the season series with its third victory in four meetings with Toronto. The NBA-leading Bucks (37-13) have a 1½-game lead over the Raptors (37-16) in the Eastern Conference.
The victory ensures Milwaukee will have the best winning percentage in the East through Sunday, meaning Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer will represent the conference at the All-Star Game.
Pascal Siakam scored 28 points and Kawhi Leonard had 16 for the Raptors, who had not lost at home since Dec. 9 to the Bucks.
Spurs 117, Nets 114: Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points and San Antonio rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn for its 16th straight home victory over the Nets. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, including a critical three-point play in the final minute, and 13 rebounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence because of a sore left knee. Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll had 18 points each for the Nets.
Pistons 93, Mavericks 89: Andre Drummond had 24 points and 20 rebounds and host Detroit rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat shorthanded Dallas. The Mavericks were without rookie Luka Doncic, who sat out with left ankle soreness. Blake Griffin had 24 points for the Pistons.
Magic 107, Pacers 100: Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Orlando beat visiting Indiana, handing the Pacers their fourth straight loss. Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic. D.J. Augustin had 20 points, including nine free throws in the final 1:26. Orlando broke a four-game losing streak and snapped an eight-game skid against Indiana. Myles Turner had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers.
All-Star reserves: The Warriors’ Klay Thompson was one of 14 players named as reserves for the All-Star Game. Others on the Western Conference team: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Aldridge and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. The Eastern Conference reserves: Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Griffin and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic. Oladipo was chosen despite being out for the season with an injury. Doncic didn’t make the cut, denied in his bid to be the first rookie since Griffin in 2011 to be picked for the game. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert both fell short, as did the Clippers’ Tobias Harris, Phoenix’s Devin Harris and rebounding leader Andre Drummond of Detroit.
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