NBA wrap: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks nip Celtics to extend lead in Eastern Conference | NBA

It wasn’t fairly, however the Bucks earned their 98-97 victory over the Celtics in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Each the Bucks, the No. 1 group within the East, and the Celtics — the group many thought can be No. 1 by season’s finish — began out sloppy, seemingly shaking off the All-Star break cobwebs. However they each got here alive within the fourth quarter, swapping large defensive performs and clutch baskets to commerce the lead a number of instances within the ultimate few minutes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 30 and had 13 rebounds, made the play of the sport down the stretch, chasing down Jayson Tatum to emphatically block a layup.

However the Celtics battled again to tie the rating at 95 on a 29-footer from Al Horford with 54 seconds remaining. That set the stage for Bucks ahead Khris Middleton to knock down a 27-foot three pointer for the eventual sport winner.

The Celtics had one ultimate probability, however Kyrie Irving missed a possible game-tying shot as time expired.

Certain, it is just one sport, nevertheless it might show large for each groups on the finish of the yr as they jockey for playoff seeding. The Bucks (44-14) prolonged their lead over the second-place Raptors, whereas the Celtics (37-22) stay fifth within the East.

Studs of the Night time

LeBron James scored 29 and Brandon Ingram added 27 within the Lakers’ 19-point 111-106 comeback win over the Rockets.

Stephen Curry had 36 factors within the Warriors’ 125-123 win in opposition to the Kings.

Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic scored 27 (10-of-15 taking pictures) and pulled down 12 rebounds within the Path Blazers’ 113-99 win over the Nets.

Tobias Harris had 23 factors and 11 boards in Philadelphia’s 106-102 victory in opposition to the Warmth.

Dud of the Night time

Celtics guard Marcus Sensible had nearly as many turnovers (3) as factors (5), and hit solely two of his eight pictures.

Highlights

Stephen Curry throws down a dunk in opposition to the Kings, and judging from his exaggerated response afterward (await it), you’d suppose he’d by no means dunked in his life.

Dwyane Wade is up in years however nonetheless has the hops and timing for this candy block.

What’s Subsequent?

Jazz (32-25) at Thunder (37-20) 9:30 p.m. ET — Oklahoma Metropolis has received 11 of 13, with a red-hot Paul George (37.7 ppg in final 9 video games) and Russell Westbrook (11 straight triple-doubles) main the way in which. The balanced Jazz have seven gamers averaging in double figures, with Donovan Mitchell pacing the group with 22.four factors per sport. The sport will air on ESPN.

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