Milwaukee's GiannisAntetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James delivered exceptional scoring efforts as their conference-leading clubs stretched NBA win streaks to eight games yesterday.
Greek playmaker Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and added six assists to rally the Bucks over the visiting Utah Jazz 122-118.
"I'm just trying to get better," said Antetokounmpo. "Take it day by day, game by game and just get myself ready in games that matter the most.”
Four-time NBA MVP James scored 33 points and passed off 14 assists while Anthony Davis contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds to spark the NBA-leading Lakers in a 114-104 victory at San Antonio.
The Lakers improved to an NBA-best 15-2 to pace the Western Conference with Milwaukee atop the Eastern Conference at 14-3, the league's second-best record.
James made 13-of-24 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and his 12 in the fourth quarter helped the Lakers improve to 7-1 on the road.
Elsewhere, Toronto's Pascal Siakam had 25 points and seven rebounds and Fred VanVleet added 24 points and eight assists in the Raptors' 101-96 home victory over Philadelphia.
Sixers big man Joel Embiid was held scoreless for the first time in his career, the Cameroonian star missing all 11 of his shots from the floor, four from 3-point range, and three free throws.
"I can't have that type of production," Embiid said. "I never thought I would be talking about zero points in an NBA game but it is what it is."
Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum added 20 as the Boston Celtics edged visiting Sacramento, 103-102.
Bogdan Bogdanovic's 3-pointer gave the Kings a 102-101 edge but Boston's Marcus Smart answered with a layup to create the final margin.
The Kings, led by Buddy Hield's 41 points, lost after Bogdanovic missed a 3-point shot and Cory Joseph missed a last-second tip-in try.
Miami matched Toronto and Boston at 12-4 by defeating Charlotte, 117-100. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each had 21 points for the Heat.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over host Chicago, 117-94. The 35-year-old forward hit 10-of-20 from the floor, 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
Spencer Dinwiddie's jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining gave the Brooklyn Nets a 108-106 victory at Cleveland.
The Cavaliers had scored nine points in a row to equalize before Dinwiddie hit the last of his 23 points.
T.J. Warren scored 26 points to lead six double-figure scorers for host Indiana in a 126-114 win over Memphis.
Luke Kennard had game highs of 20 points and seven assists as Detroit defeated visiting Orlando, 103-88.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to spark Minnesota over host Atlanta, 125-113.
Chris Paul hit the go-ahead jumper with 36 seconds remaining in a 13-0 closing run for Oklahoma City in a 100-97 win at Golden State.*AFP
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