NBA ROUNDUP: 76ers rally from 18-point deficit to stun Bucks
NBA ROUNDUP: 76ers rally from 18-point deficit to stun Eastern-leading Bucks and snap Milwaukee’s 19-game winning streak, while league-worst Rockets beat Spurs to end losing run of 11 games
- Joel Embiid made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left to clinch a win
- Tari Eason matched his season high with 20 points to help Houston beat Spurs
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Joel Embiid made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Milwaukee 133-130 on Saturday, snapping the Bucks´ 16-game winning streak.
Milwaukee had the longest winning streak by any NBA team since the Phoenix Suns had 18 straight victories early last season.
The 76ers trailed 125-121 before James Harden, who scored a game-high 38 points, hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 left. After Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a shot from around the basket, Embiid sank a 3-pointer that gave Philadelphia its first lead of the second half.
After Jrue Holiday missed a 3-point attempt with 25 seconds remaining, the 76ers went 6 of 6 from the line the rest of the way to seal the victory.
Harden added 10 assists and nine rebounds. Embiid had 31 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Tyrese Maxey added 26 points and Georges Niang had 16.
Joel Embiid (L) made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left to clinch a win for the 76ers
Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a shot from around the basket before Embiid’s three-pointer
Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee. Brook Lopez and Holiday added 26 points apiece. Grayson Allen had 20, all in the third quarter.
The 76ers pulled off this comeback without a couple of key players.
Philadelphia´s Tobias Harris didn´t play in the second half due to left calf soreness and P.J. Tucker sat out the fourth quarter with back spasms. Harris scored three points in 13 minutes, while Tucker had two points in 19 minutes.
Milwaukee had built a 19-point lead in the second half thanks largely to Allen’s hot streak.
After going scoreless and attempting just one shot in the first half, Allen scored 20 points in the first 9 minutes, 19 seconds of the third quarter. He went 6 of 6 from 3-point range during that stretch.
Allen capped his third-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer that gave Milwaukee a 95-77 lead with 2:41 left in the third.
The 76ers erased nearly all of that deficit in about 5 ½ minutes.
Philadelphia trailed 99-85 at the end of three quarters but scored the first nine points of the fourth. The 76ers cut Milwaukee´s lead to 101-100 on Harden’s three-point play with 9:07 left.
Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee but wasn’t enough to win
Antetokounmpo responded with a three-point play that gave the Bucks some breathing room, but the 76ers kept coming and eventually tied the game at 108 on Niang’s 3-pointer with 6:23 left.
Milwaukee regained the lead as Antetokounmpo drove, scored and drew a foul on Embiid for a three-point play with 5:55 left.
Once again, the 76ers responded. And this time, they finally regained the lead and made sure it stuck.
CAVALIERS 114, PISTONS 90
Darius Garland had 21 points and seven assists, Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points and Cleveland routed Detroit.
Evan Mobley had 16 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots, Jarrett Allen scored 15 points and Caris LeVert had 11. The Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 16 games left.
All-Star starter Mitchell, who sprained a finger on his left hand in the third quarter, and Garland only played 24 minutes apiece as the Cavaliers swept the four-game season series with Detroit. The Pistons were held below 95 points in each.
Cleveland is 40-26 and leads surging New York by 1 1/2 games for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
`Marvin Bagley III had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit. The Pistons have the second-worst record in the NBA at 15-49. They have lost seven straight overall and seven in a row on the road.
Darius Garland had 21 points and seven assists to help Cleveland rout the Detroit Pistons
ROCKETS 122, SPURS 110
Tari Eason matched his season high with 20 points and Houston ended an 11-game losing streak, beating San Antonio.
Alperen Sengun had 16 points and K.J. Martin and Josh Christopher each added 14 points for the Rockets in the opener of a home-and-home series. Last in the NBA at 14-49, they hadn´t won since Feb. 1.
Devonte´ Graham had 28 points to lead San Antonio.
The teams will play again Sunday night in Houston to close a back-to-back set.
HEAT 117, HAWKS 109
Bam Adebayo scored 30 points and Miami held Trae Young to a season-low eight points in a victory over Atlanta.
Tyler Herro added 20 points, and Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin finished with 15 apiece for the Heat. They extended their lead over the Hawks to 1 1/2 games for seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Young was 2 for 13 from the field. Saddiq Bey had 22 points for Atlanta. The Hawks are 1-2 under new coach Quin Snyder.
Bam Adebayo (above) scored 30 points and Miami held Trae Young to season-low eight points
RAPTORS 116, WIZARDS 109, OT
Fred VanVleet made two 3-pointers in overtime and had 25 points to help Toronto beat Washington for a two-game split.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 26 points for the Raptors, and VanVleet had 10 assists. Toronto rebounded from a 119-108 loss Thursday night to move back ahead of the Wizards into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards. Bradley Beal added 21 points and 10 assists, but shot just 7 for 22 and missed a jumper that could have won it in regulation.
TIMBERWOLVES 138, KINGS 134
Anthony Edwards scored 27 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Sacramento 138-134 on Saturday night to snap the Kings’ winning streak at five games.
Edwards added eight assists to help Minnesota (34-32) win its third straight. Mike Conley scored 24 points and made two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to extend the lead to four.
Jaden McDaniels added 19 points, and Kyle Anderson nearly had a triple-double with 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Kevin Huerter scored 29 points for Sacramento (37-26). He made six three-pointers. De´Aaron Fox had 25 points and seven assists, and Domantas Sabonis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
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