Utah’s Donovan Mitchell scored 46 points and led the Jazz from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 115-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
Mitchell scored 19 points in the final 8:10 of the game, with his 28-foot jumper with 43.7 seconds putting Utah up 111-105. Mitchell could have made the game a bit less suspenseful, but missed two free-throw attempts with a three-point lead with 12.7 seconds left. He did make two free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining, helping seal the Jazz’s fourth straight win.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 43 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes, but missed three foul shots in the final 10 seconds.
Khris Middleton scored 29 points and Brook Lopez had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Bucks, whose seven-game winning streak was snapped.
Antetokounmpo powered a 23-4 run bridging the second and third quarters to put the Bucks back in front, 64-57. Time after time, he bullied Utah’s vaunted front line as he drove the lane and finished at the rim.
Facing one of the tallest lineups in NBA history with the five Bucks averaging more than 6-foot-10, the Jazz fell behind 11-0 and didn’t score until Mitchell hit two free throws with 8:41 left in the first quarter. Lopez had six blocked shots in the first six minutes of the contest as the Bucks led by as many as 14.
Pelicans 120, Nuggets 112: Jrue Holiday scored 29 points, Julius Randle had 28 and New Orleans rallied from 19 points down in the first half to hand Denver its second consecutive home loss. Frank Jackson added 16 points for the Pelicans, who were without Anthony Davis (rest) and E’Twaun Moore (thigh). Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray scored 20 points apiece for the Nuggets. After Isaiah Thomas hit a 10-foot floating jumper to put Denver up 49-30, New Orleans outscored the Nuggets 37-22 over a nearly 10-minute stretch during a 40-point second quarter to get back in the game. It was the eighth time this season the Pelicans have scored 40 or more points in a quarter.
Spurs 116, Thunder 102: LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds and San Antonio led for all but 30 seconds in dealing Oklahoma City its fourth straight loss. Rudy Gay added 22 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Spurs, who have won two in a row at home after going 1-7 on their annual Rodeo Road Trip.
Suns 118, Lakers 109: Deandre Ayton had 26 points and Devin Booker added 25 as host Phoenix defeated Los Angeles for the first time in four meetings this season. LeBron James had 27 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds and Brandon Ingram added 25 points for the Lakers.
Pistons 129, Cavaliers 93: Luke Kennard scored 26 points, Reggie Jackson added 24 and Detroit built a 33-point lead in the first half in Cleveland.
Magic 117, Pacers 112: Nikola Vucevic scored 27 points and Terrence Ross added 23 as visiting Orlando improved to 10-3 in its past 13 games and moved a half-game ahead of Charlotte for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Bojan Bogadnovic scored 25 points and Darren Collison finished with 23 points and 10 assists for Indiana.
Heat 117, Nets 88: Kelly Olynyk scored 25 points and Derrick Jones Jr. added 18 off the bench for host Miami. The 29-point margin represented th Heat’s largest win of the season and Brooklyn’s largest loss.
Grizzlies 111, Mavericks 81: Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Joakim Noah scored 12 points for visiting Memphis, which recorded its largest margin of victory this season. Luka Doncic scored 22 points for Dallas.
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