NBA roundup: Rockets beat Bucks 110-99 for 17th straight victory
James Harden scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-99 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight victory.
The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.
Eric Gordon scored 18 points for Houston and had two momentum-swinging 3-pointers in the third quarter. Chris Paul had 16 points and 11 assists.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points for Milwaukee.
Toronto 121, at Detroit 119, OT: DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, then fed Fred VanVleet for the tiebreaking jumper from the left corner with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Toronto past Detroit.
The Raptors became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season.
With the score tied late in overtime, Detroit’s Reggie Bullock missed from the perimeter. DeRozan pushed the ball up the court and found VanVleet open in the corner. His shot from just inside the 3-point line gave Toronto the lead. Blake Griffin had 31 points for Detroit.
Cleveland 113, at Denver 108: LeBron James scored 39 points, including nine down the stretch, and had 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who squandered a 16-point lead. James made one off-balanced shot after another in the waning minutes. The Nuggets didn’t take their first lead until 8:35 remaining
Utah 104, at Indiana 84: Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell added 20 points and six assists in Utah’s victory over Indiana.
The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games. Ricky Rubio gad 18 points and seven assists for Utah, and reserve Jae Crowder added 16 points.
Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points.
at Chicago 119, Memphis 110: Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn added 21 apiece and Chicago handed Memphis its 15th straight loss,
Memphis’ Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans 114, at Sacramento 101: Anthony Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter, and the Pelicans matched a franchise record with their 10th victory in a row. The five-time All-Star remained in the game briefly before being taken to the locker room. X-rays were negative.
at Lakers 108, Orlando 107
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