Nets bolster playoff hopes with win against Bucks

D’Angelo Russell had 25 points and 10 assists, and the visiting Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 133-128 on Saturday to improve their positioning in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Brooklyn (40-40) made 19 3-pointers and placed eight players in double figures. Caris LeVert had 24 points. The Nets, who had dropped four of five, moved into sixth place in the East. Orlando also is 40-40, and Detroit is a half-game back with a 39-40 record.

No. 1 playoff seed Milwaukee played without MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf injury).

76ers 116, Bulls 96: Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 23 for visiting Philadelphia, which played without Jimmy Butler (back tightness) but ended a three-game losing streak and bumped its lead over Boston for the No. 3 seed in the East to two games.

JaKarr Sampson led Chicago with 29 points.

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