LOS ANGELES — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and paced the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to a 135-127 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
It was the ninth time that Antetokounmpo has had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game, best in the league. He has accomplished the feat in eight of his last nine games. Antetokounmpo was 12-for-17 from the field, but only one-for-six on 3-pointers.
The Bucks have won five straight, nine of their last 10, and completed the road trip with a 3-0 mark. Milwaukee has won eight of its last nine against the Hawks.
Eric Bledsoe added 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Bucks. It fell just short of his season high of 31.
Atlanta tried to rally in the fourth quarter by scoring 44 points. The Hawks used a 13-1 run to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 126-119 with 2:10 left on a basket by DeAndre Bembry. But Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown emerged from a timeout to hit a 3-pointer and re-establish the double-digit lead. The Hawks never again got closer than seven.
The loss was the fourth straight for Atlanta, which returned home after going 1-4 on a West Coast road trip.
Atlanta was led by rookie De’Andre Hunter, who scored a career-high 27 points — nine more than his previous best — and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. He was perfect on three 3-point field goals.
Trae Young added 25 points and eight assists and Cam Reddish scored a career-high 17 points.
Milwaukee wasted an early 10-point lead but led 34-26 after one quarter. Atlanta, behind rookies Hunter and Reddish, paced the Hawks to a 61-58 halftime lead. Milwaukee scored 38 points in the third quarter for a 96-83 lead.
Milwaukee completes a back-to-back at home on Thursday against Portland. Atlanta plays again on Friday when the Hawks face Detroit.
SIMMONS SINKS 1ST CAREER TREY
Joel Embiid had 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while Ben Simmons hit the first 3-pointer of his career, and the Philadelphia 76ers overturned a 17-point deficit on their way to a 109-104 victory over the visiting New York Knicks on Wednesday.
Simmons added 18 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who earned their second win in a row. Tobias Harris scored 14 points, Mike Scott had 12 and James Ennis III had 11.
The Sixers improved to 5-0 at home and have won nine straight overall against the Knicks.
Marcus Morris scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Julius Randle and Frank Ntilikina scored 17 points each for the Knicks. New York has alternated losses and wins the past five games.
Scott’s fourth 3-pointer, with 1:27 remaining, gave the Sixers a 99-95 lead, and Morris missed a jumper on the Knicks’ next possession. Embiid then made a trey from the top of the key for a 102-95 advantage to help seal the win.
Simmons hit his much-anticipated 3-pointer with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter, and the crowd exploded. Simmons had missed the first 17 treys of his career before connecting from the corner. It was his lone long-distance attempt of the night and his first 3-point try of the season.
A 16-4 run by the Knicks put them ahead 41-36 with 7:21 left in the second.
Embiid — who has already received a two-game suspension earlier this season for a brawl with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns — and Morris got tangled up with 1:43 left in the half and had to be separated by the officials. Morris was given a flagrant-1 foul.
The Sixers took a 53-51 advantage into the locker room.
DONCIC POWERS MAVS PAST WARRIORS
Luka Doncic scored 22 of his game-high 35 points in the first quarter Wednesday night as the host Dallas Mavericks made quick work of the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors in a 142-94 thrashing.
Doncic ran up his 35 points in only 26 minutes, hanging around just long enough to record a second straight triple-double with a game-high-tying 10 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists.
According to ESPN, the 25:30 total that Doncic played was the least court time for a player in a 30-point triple-double in NBA history.
Tim Hardaway Jr. went 4-for-4 from 3-point range on a 20-point night against his dad’s former team, and the Mavericks shot 22-for-38 (57.9 percent) on 3s en route to their third straight win during a four-game homestand featuring the last six NBA champions.
Rookie Eric Paschall led Golden State with 22 points.
Coming off a career-best, 42-point performance in a triple-double Monday against San Antonio, Doncic made five 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Mavericks take 8-0, 26-7 and 39-12 leads. — Reuters