Kelly Oubre Jr. had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and the Suns rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks 114-105 on Monday night in Phoenix.
“We can’t back down when a team goes on a run,” Oubre said. “We’ve got to make our own, too, coming back at them.”
Devin Booker added 22 points and Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 12 rebounds, including a key layup with 35.8 seconds to play that gave the Suns, the last-place team in the Western Conference, a four-point lead.
All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 for the Bucks, who have lost two straight games for the first time this season. Milwaukee shot 36.8 percent.
“It’s kind of hard to think we lost to Phoenix twice,” Antetokounmpo said. “But they played better than us. They came out there and set the tone.”
The Bucks led by 16 in the first half, only to trail by three in the third quarter.
Kings 115, Knicks 108: Buddy Hield scored 28 points and Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best game with Sacramento as the Kings beat visiting New York. Harry Giles added 17 points for the Kings before being ejected. Hield had seven assists and six rebounds to help the Kings end a three-game losing streak. Sacramento remained three games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Barnes’ scoring output was his highest in eight games since being acquired from Dallas at the trade deadline. Alonzo Trier scored 29 points in 30 minutes off the bench for the Knicks.
Clippers 113, Lakers 105: Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 as the Clippers dealt another blow to the Lakers’ fading playoff hopes. Gallinari led six Clippers scoring in double figures while they comfortably maintained a lead over their Staples Center co-tenants down the stretch. The Clippers (37-29) took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games. LeBron James scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo had his 32nd career triple-double, but the Lakers took their ninth loss in 12 games. Rondo had a season-high 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Spurs 104, Nuggets 103: DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 as host San Antonio withstood Denver’s closing rally. The Nuggets fought back from 21 down and held the Spurs scoreless over the final 2½ minutes, getting the final nine points to cut the margin to one, but missed three shots in the last 16.2 seconds. Jamal Murray missed a 3-point try with 16.2 seconds to go and another shot five seconds later, but the Nuggets maintained possession both times as the Spurs tipped the ball out of bounds. Murray finished with 25 points and Jokic had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Denver in its third consecutive loss.
Pelicans 115, Jazz 112: Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle each scored 30 points to rally visiting New Orleans. Anthony Davis had 15 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters for the Pelicans. Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver scored 20 points apiece off the bench to lead the Jazz. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 19 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine assists. After trailing most of the way, the Pelicans finally erased Utah’s lead late in the fourth quarter as Randle sparked a 22-2 run.
Nets 127, Mavericks 88: DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Rodions Kurucs had 19 and Brooklyn snapped a three-game losing streak with an easy win over visiting Dallas. Caris LeVert added 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 16 on a night when the Nets shook up their starting lineup but were fueled by their reserves. The 39-point margin was their most lopsided victory at home — and matched their biggest win overall — since moving to Brooklyn in 2012. Dwight Powell scored 20 points and Luka Doncic had 16 for the Mavericks.
Heat 114, Hawks 113: Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Miami won its season-high third straight home game by topping Atlanta. Josh Richardson scored 19 points and Justise Winslow added 18 for the Heat. Vince Carter scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Hawks. Kent Bazemore had 18 and Trae Young finished with 14 points and eight assists.
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