Greece’s Antetokounmpo powers Bucks over Cavaliers
Greek forward upstages Cavs star James in thrilling encounter
Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo capped a 27-point performance on a three-point play with 5.9 seconds remaining to spark the Milwaukee Bucks over visiting Cleveland 119-116 in an NBA thriller yesterday morning (Singapore time).
The Cavaliers were led by 39 points from LeBron James as Cleveland made a furious fourth-quarter rally only to fall short at Milwaukee's Bradley Center.
The Bucks (16-13) snapped a three-game losing streak overall and had dropped their past five meetings with Cleveland, which used a 24-2 run to battle back. Dwyane Wade had 14 points and Jeff Green 13 but each had nine in the fourth quarter.
Eric Bledsoe added 16 points for Milwaukee, who trailed 113-112 after James scored six points in a row late in the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee's Tony Snell followed with a three-pointer and Antetokounmpo added a three-point play to help deliver the victory.
"You've got to play to the last minute. I got the ball in my hands and I was able to do it," the Green standout said.
"We wanted to play tough defensively and move the ball offensively. That's what we did and that's why we got the win."
Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova returned to Milwaukee's starting line-up after missing 15 games with left knee tendinitis.
Elsewhere, Sacramento forward Zach Randolph took advantage of the absence of Philadelphia scoring and rebound leader Joel Embiid to produce 27 points as the visiting Kings rallied to defeat the 76ers 101-95.
The Sixers fell to 14-16 and 1-6 without Embiid, who is struggling with a sore lower back.
Sacramento's Buddy Hield scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit to end a two-game losing streak.
Meanwhile, Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Mike Scott added 24 to power the Washington Wizards over visiting New Orleans 116-106.
John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for the Wizards while Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with a game-high 37 points. - AFP