NBA 2022-23 roundup: Antetokounmpo helps Bucks beat Knicks 119-108, move to 4-0

Milwaukee (4-0) is the NBA’s last remaining unbeaten team as the Bucks are capitalizing on an early season-high, six-game homestand.

Antetokounmpo scored nine points during an 18-0 run that gave the Bucks a 24-point lead in the third quarter. 

Antetokounmpo scored nine points during an 18-0 run that gave the Bucks a 24-point lead in the third quarter.  | Photo Credit: AP

Milwaukee (4-0) is the NBA’s last remaining unbeaten team as the Bucks are capitalizing on an early season-high, six-game homestand.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as the Milwaukee Bucks remained unbeaten with a 119-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo scored nine points during an 18-0 run that gave the Bucks a 24-point lead in the third quarter. The Knicks got the margin down to nine in the final two minutes but couldn’t get any closer.

Milwaukee (4-0) is the NBA’s last remaining unbeaten team as the Bucks are capitalizing on an early season-high, six-game homestand.

Brook Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, while Bobby Portis had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Grayson Allen scored 17 points, Jrue Holiday 16, Jevon Carter 14 and George Hill 12.

RJ Barrett scored 20 and Julius Randle had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who also had seven players in double figures.

TIMBERWOLVES 111, LAKERS 102

MINNEAPOLIS: Anthony Edwards scored 16 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Rudy Gobert added 22 points and 21 rebounds, and Minnesota handed Los Angeles its fifth straight loss to open the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth and D’Angelo Russell had 11 points for Minnesota, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

LeBron James scored 28 points for Los Angeles, which was without Anthony Davis due to low back tightness. Russell Westbrook came off the bench for the first time since his rookie season and chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds.

With his eighth field goal of the night, LeBron James recorded his 1,135th career 20-point game, passing Karl Malone for the most such games in NBA history.

CAVALIERS 132, CELTICS 123, OT

BOSTON: Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert each scored 41 points to help Cleveland rally past Boston.

The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and overcame a 75-point first half by the Celtics to earn its fifth straight win.

It was LeVert’s best game since joining the Cavs at the trade deadline last season, when he never figured out his role because of injuries. His previous high for Cleveland was 32 points last season against Dallas.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led Boston with 32 points apiece. The Celtics shot 51% against the NBA’s second-rated defense, but also had 19 turnovers.

SPURS 129, BULLS 124

SAN ANTONIO: Keldon Johnson scored 33 points, spoiling a milestone evening for former teammate DeMar DeRozan and leading San Antonio past Chicago.

DeRozan scored 33 points, becoming just the 50th player in NBA history to reach 20,000.

The victory came hours after San Antonio waived Joshua Primo, shockingly cutting ties with the No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA draft.

Jakob Poeltl added 21 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio, who improved to 4-2 in what is supposed to be a rebuilding season.

PACERS 127, WIZARDS 117

WASHINGTON: Tyrese Haliburton had 25 points and 12 assists, Myles Turner added 27 points and Indiana beat Washington.

Assistant Lloyd Pierce was coaching the Pacers because Rick Carlisle had a previously scheduled event recognizing his daughter as cheer captain on her senior night. Buddy Hield scored 25 points for Indiana, which led by as many as 20 points in both the second and third quarters.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards (3-2) with 31 points but finished with only four assists, snapping a streak of 21 games in which he had at least five. Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points.

76ERS 112, RAPTORS 90

TORONTO: Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 44 points, carrying Philadelphia without Joel Embiid to a victory over Toronto.

Embiid sat out because of a sore right knee. A five-time All Star and the reigning NBA scoring champion, Embiid is averaging 27.6 points and 10 rebounds in five games.

De’Anthony Melton and Tobias Harris each scored 13 points and Harden had 11 as the 76ers led from wire-to-wire and won for the second time in six games, splitting a pair north of the border against their Atlantic Division rivals.

Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 rebounds, O.G. Anunoby scored 19 points and Scottie Barnes had 13 for the Raptors, who lost for the first time in three home games. Toronto’s 90 points were a season low.

MAGIC 113, HORNETS 93

ORLANDO: Pablo Banchero had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Orlando got its first victory of the season.

Mo Bamba had 19 points and six rebounds, Wendell Carter Jr. added 15 points and five rebounds, and Bol Bol had 11 points and seven rebounds for Orlando, which had opened the season with five straight losses. The Magic led by 32 points in the third quarter.

Gordon Heyward scored 18 points to lead Charlotte, which shot 38.4 percent in losing for the third time in five games.

HAWKS 136, PISTONS 112

DETROIT: Trae Young had 36 points and 12 assists in just three quarters and Atlanta overcame Cade Cunningham’s career-high 35 points to beat Detroit for the second time in three nights.

Dejounte Murray had 26 points for Atlanta, which outscored the Pistons 67-45 in the second half. Onyeka Okongwu added 16 points, Aaron Holiday scored 14 and De’Andre Hunter chipped in 12.

Cunningham added nine rebounds and eight assists despite foul trouble but the Pistons dropped their fifth straight. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and Isaiah Stewart had 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit.

NUGGETS 117, JAZZ 101

DENVER: Bones Hyland made seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points, DeAndre Jordan hit the second 3 of his 15-year NBA career, and Denver beat Utah.

Michael Porter Jr. added 22 points and 13 rebounds and Nikola Jokic had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while shooting just 3 of 10 from the field for the Nuggets, who were blown out in their season opener against the surprising Jazz.

Denver was 17 for 37 on 3-pointers, none as surprising as Jordan’s heave from the left wing late in the third quarter. The 34-year-old Jordan had been 1 for 12 in his career on 3s in 984 previous NBA games, with the lone make coming with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2014-15 season. Jordan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Conley scored 14 for the Jazz, who entered 4-1.

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