Budenholzer returns to Atlanta, Bucks rout Hawks 144-112
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Budenholzer’s first game against the team he coached for five seasons was no contest.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, and Khris Middleton scored 19 points while hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 19 points and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and eight assists.
Milwaukee (27-10) improved its NBA-best record and won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Bucks tied a season high for points in a game, equaling their total points against Sacramento on Nov. 4.
Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee starters did not play in the fourth quarter and got some rest before the Bucks’ showdown with Toronto on Saturday night.
The Bucks shot 55 percent from the field and were 14 of 40 from 3-point range.
Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with the team and his 2014-15 squad won 60 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals.
DeAndre Bembry led Atlanta with 19 points.
Jayson Tatum added 18 points, and Al Horford had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics won easily despite playing their second straight game with star guard Kyrie Irving sidelined by scratched corneas.
Dirk Nowitzki, who received two standing ovations, was scoreless and had two rebounds for Dallas. Celtics fans chanted “Dirk! Dirk!” in the final minute, hoping he would make a shot in what might have been his final appearance in Boston.
Hayward, coming off a season-high 35 points Wednesday night in a victory over Minnesota, was flirting with his first triple-double with the Celtics before going to the bench midway through the fourth quarter with Boston up by 22.
Oladipo had 36 points and seven rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 23 points and 12 rebounds in the first game of a five-game trip.
Chicago’s Zach LaVine hit a 3-pointer from the corner, but after time ran out in the extra period.
LaVine led Chicago with 31 points. He made two 3-pointers in the closing moments of regulation to tie it at 105 and send it overtime. He hit the first 3 with 17.3 seconds left from outside the left side of the arc, then knotted it with 3.9 seconds remaining from almost the same spot.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Paul George scored 37 points and Oklahoma City snapped a six-game losing streak to Portland.
Russell Westbrook added 31 points for the Thunder, who had also lost eight straight games at the Moda Center dating to February 2014.
Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 23 points and eight assists.
The Heat have won 12 of 17 to improve to 19-18. Josh Richardson added 18 points, James Johnson had 17 and Dwyane Wade scored 14. The Heat had lost each of their last four games in which they could have gotten over .500, where they last were on Oct. 27 at 3-2.
Washington’s Bradley Beal had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Wizards have lost eight straight.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ comeback victory over Orlando.
Taj Gibson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves recovered from a 19-point deficit midway through the second quarter with a 44-12 run through the 5:51 of the third quarter.
Nikola Vucevic had 22 points for Orlando, but just eight after the first quarter.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points and Utah dominated the second half, sending Cleveland to its eighth straight loss.
Cleveland (8-31) has the worst record in the NBA, with four of the losses in the streak coming by 20 or more points. Dowa a point at halftime, the Jazz outscored the Cavaliers 69-42 in the second half.
Emmanuel Mudiay had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks, who blew an early 17-point lead before rallying from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Enes Kanter scored eight of his 16 points down the stretch as the Knicks pulled away, ending their first win since Dec. 14 on an 11-3 run.
The Lakers dropped to 1-4 without LeBron James, who is sidelined with a left groin strain. Los Angeles also played without second-leading scorer Kyle Kuzma, who has a bruised back.
New York capitalized on the Lakers’ injuries to earn just its second win in 15 games.
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