Paul George finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Reggie Jackson added 23 points as the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to five games with a 117-109 victory on Tuesday over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
Nicolas Batum had 22 points, making 6 of 8 from 3-point range, as the Clippers improved to 2-1 over the Trail Blazers this season. They have not lost since falling 111-92 at Portland on Oct. 29.
Damian Lillard scored 27 points for the Blazers, while Norman Powell added 23 as Portland remained winless on the road this season in five tries. The Blazers, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end, were playing the opener of a four-game road swing.
Lillard, who entered shooting just 24.7 per cent from 3-point range through 10 games, was 4 of 13 from a distance (30.8 per cent). The six-time All-Star is a career 37.3 per cent shooter from the 3-point range. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Blazers.
Bucks 118, 76ers 109
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 16 rebounds to lift Milwaukee past host Philadelphia.
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Grayson Allen added 25 points, and Bobby Portis contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Bucks were missing Khris Middleton (COVID-19), Brook Lopez (back) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle).
Tyrese Maxey led the depleted Sixers with 31 points while Georges Niang added 21 and Shake Milton 20. Andre Drummond compiled his second double-double in as many nights with 17 points and 20 rebounds.
Jazz 110, Hawks 98
Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points to lead five Utah players in double digits en route to a home win over struggling Atlanta in Salt Lake City.
Utah's defense, led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, also had a big night, holding the Hawks to just 18 points in the fourth quarter and 43.5 per cent shooting overall. The Jazz also held Kevin Huerter and Trae Young scoreless in the final quarter after they scored 28 and 27 points, respectively, in the first 36 minutes.
Atlanta, amid a tough four-game Western Conference road trip, dropped its fifth straight game. The Jazz, meanwhile, began a five-game homestand on the right note after playing seven of their first 10 games on the road.