NEWS DIGEST – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe added 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks routed the visiting Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
Antetokounmpo made 17 of 21 field-goal attempts, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range, as Milwaukee beat the Wizards for the second time in less than a week.
The Bucks, who shot 60.2 per cent (56 of 93) and made 19 of 30 3-pointers, have won 11 of their past 12.
Bradley Beal scored 30 for the Wizards, who allowed a season-high point total in losing their third straight. Thomas Bryant had 26 points and 14 rebounds for Washington while Tomas Satoransky had 16 points and 10 assists.
Golden State made 24 of 25 shots bridging the second and third quarter, breaking open a close game en route to a shellacking of short-handed San Antonio in Oakland, Calif.
The Spurs elected to rest their top two scorers, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, in the second game of their eight-game “Rodeo Trip,” with the second half of a back-to-back looming Thursday night against the Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore.
The Warriors scored 49 points in the third quarter, giving them 115 for three periods, the most ever allowed through three quarters in the Gregg Popovich era in San Antonio.
Klay Thompson had 26 points and Kevin Durant 23 for the Warriors, who won for the 13th time in their last 14 games.
Final scores Warriors 141, Spurs 102.
With James Harden leading the way in scoring for a 33rd consecutive game, visiting Houston turned a second-quarter eruption into an easy victory over Sacramento.
Harden posted 36 points on 13-of-26 shooting and extended his streak of consecutive 30-plus-point games to 28. He hit 8 of 13 3-point attempts after entering play having shot 31.9 percent from deep over his previous 12 games.
Gerald Green (25 points) and Eric Gordon (20) helped shoulder the scoring load for Houston, shooting a combined 15 of 31. Buddy Hield scored 20 points for Sacramento while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Frank Mason added 13 apiece.
Final scores Rockets 127, Kings 101.
D’Angelo Russell totaled 27 points and 11 assists as Brooklyn stopped a three-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Denver.
Russell shot 10 of 23 from the field, including 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, and posted his sixth double-double of the season.
The All-Star guard also recorded at least 25 points and 10 assists for the second time in his career as the Nets won for the 14th time in their past 16 home games since Dec. 7.
DeMarre Carroll contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Nets shot 51.1 percent, handed out a season-best 36 assists and withstood some shaky moments in the final minutes.
The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic recorded his 10th triple-double of the season by totaling 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Denver lost its second straight after winning six in a row.
Final scores Nets 135, Nuggets 130.
Rookie of the Year favourite Luka Doncic recorded the third triple-double of his career and shook off poor shooting to produce late fireworks as host Dallas defeated Charlotte.
Doncic, just 3 of 16 from the floor with under four minutes to play, came up with a nifty finish at the rim and drew the foul for a three-point play.
He then followed up with a 3-pointer to put the Mavs ahead for good, 94-88, in a game that wasn’t pretty but was mostly close throughout.
Final scores Mavericks 99, Hornets 93.
The 19-year-old Slovenian finished with a team-high 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting — just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc — and added 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
His total floor game stole the spotlight from All-Star Kemba Walker, who led the Hornets with 30 points.
Julius Randle returned from a six-game absence to score 31 points and lead a balanced New Orleans offense in a win at Chicago.
Randle, who had been sidelined by an ankle injury, was joined in double figures by Cheick Diallo (18 points), Jrue Holiday (18 points and 11 assists), Jahlil Okafor (13 points) and Darius Miller and Kenrich Williams (12 points each) as the Pelicans won for just the second time in eight games.
The Pelicans chose not to play All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who requested a trade last week while sidelined by a finger injury that has since healed enough for him to be cleared to play.
For Chicago, Lauri Markkanen had 30 points and 10 rebounds while Zach LaVine added 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Final scores Pelicans 125, Bulls 120.
Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points, and Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 12 rebounds as Utah had more than enough to beat visiting Phoenix, which took its 12th consecutive defeat.
Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles added 15 points each for the Jazz, who have just two victories in their past four games but are 11-3 over their past 14 contests dating to Jan. 9. Ingles had 11 assists.
Josh Jackson scored 27 points for the Suns, picking up the slack in the back court in the absence of Devin Booker, who did not play because of a tight right hamstring.
Final scores Jazz 116, Suns 88. (Reuters/NAN)