NBA roundup: Giannis, Bucks hold off Celtics

Giannis Antetokounmpo recovered from a slow start to score 30 points and grab 13 rebounds Thursday as the Milwaukee Bucks returned from the All-Star break to earn a 98-97 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics. Khris Middleton scored 15 points for the Bucks, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds remaining, and Malcolm Brogdon also finished with 15 points. The Bucks improved their NBA-best record to 44-14 while winning for the 15th time in their past 17 games and the ninth time over their past 10 games. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points and Al Horford added 21 for the Celtics. Irving had missed the last two games before the break with a knee strain, although he did play 25 minutes Sunday in the All-Star Game. Irving made a layup with 27.5 seconds left to cut Boston’s deficit to one, but he missed a wild left-handed shot for the win at the buzzer. 76ers 106, Heat 102 Tobias Harris scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Ben Simmons scored 21 points as host Philadelphia held off Miami. Boban Marjanovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season while Jimmy Butler added 18 points for Philadelphia. JJ Redick contributed 13 as the Sixers won without injured All-Star center Joel Embiid and reserve forward Furkan Korkmaz. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 19 points, Dion Waiters added 18 and Kelly Olynyk had 15. Trail Blazers 113, Nets 99 Jusuf Nurkic collected 27 points and 12 rebounds as Portland opened a season-high, seven-game road trip with a win at Brooklyn. Portland pulled away down the stretch on a night when All-Star Damian Lillard had a quiet scoring performance. Lillard finished with 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting but added eight assists to go along with eight rebounds. CJ McCollum scored 21 points for Portland. Reserve Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 17 points, but Brooklyn shot 39.1 percent from the field, missed 29 of 36 3-point attempts and lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Cavaliers 111, Suns 98 In his third game back since missing 50 games this season, Kevin Love scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Cleveland to victory over visiting Phoenix. Cedi Osman led Cleveland with 19 points. Ante Zizic finished with a double-double, scoring 15 and grabbing 12 rebounds. The loss was the 16th straight for the Suns, a franchise record. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 30 points, and Kelly Oubre Jr., who got his first start with the Suns since a December trade from Washington, added 23 points. —Field Level Media

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