The Milwaukee Bucks fought from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 127-125 on Monday night, with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring the game-winning layup with two seconds left in regulation.
Milwaukee won its eighth consecutive game after outscoring the Hornets 67-57 in the second half to complete a comeback after failing to hold a lead for over 34 minutes.
Miles Bridges of Charlotte attempted a heave at the buzzer, but it was blocked, giving the Bucks their sixth straight home victory.
Antetokounmpo scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out nine assists. For the Bucks, Khris Middleton added 21 points. LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets had a career-high 36 points, nine assists, and five rebounds. The Hornets were led by Kelly Oubre Jr., who scored 25 points.
A near-triple double for Giannis tonight!!
40 PTS | 12 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL pic.twitter.com/LtZDu3Xzmy
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 2, 2021
The Cavaliers defeated the Heat by a score of 111 to 85.
The streak is dead! #LetEmKnow
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 2, 2021
Thanks to Kevin Love’s game-high 22 points off the bench, Cleveland stopped a 20-game, decade-plus-long losing streak in Miami.
Duncan Robinson of Miami went scoreless after going 0-for-7 from the field. That put a stop to his 69-game string of making at least one three-pointer, which was the NBA’s second-longest current streak. Cleveland’s last victory at Miami occurred on Jan. 25, 2010.
Cleveland’s height of 6-11 troubled Miami. Jarrett Allen led the team with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. Cleveland won its third consecutive game thanks to Evan Mobley, a 7-foot rookie who scored 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. Tyler Herro led the Heat with 21 points after returning from a two-game absence.
The Nuggets beat the Magic 103-108.
In a spectacular return to the lineup, Cole Anthony had 24 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, and Franz Wagner made a go-ahead three with 1:45 remaining as host Orlando rallied to overcome Denver and snap a seven-game losing streak.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 2, 2021
At 106-103, Wagner’s 3-pointer gave the Magic their first lead of the game. To close off the scoring, Will Barton missed an off-balanced three from the left-wing, but Anthony made two free throws after being fouled on the rebound. Wagner led the Magic with 15 points, one of six players to reach double figures.
For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic had 18 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists, while Aaron Gordon had 17 points in his return to Orlando.
The Celtics won by a score of 88 to 87 for the 76ers.
Boston beat Philadelphia for the second straight game and sixth in the past seven, thanks to Jayson Tatum’s 26 points and 16 rebounds.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 2, 2021
For Boston, Dennis Schroder scored 13 points off the bench, Al Horford had ten points and eight rebounds, Robert Williams III scored ten points, and Jaylen Brown had nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Seth Curry led the 76ers with 17 points. Philadelphia lost for the ninth time in 12 games, with Shake Milton scoring 16 points off the bench and Boston-area native Georges Niang adding 12 points.
Hawks 114, Pacers 111
Atlanta beat Indiana in Indianapolis with Trae Young’s 33 points, his sixth straight game with 30 plus.
Pulled out the W‼️ pic.twitter.com/sjA7w7YC2K
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 2, 2021
Coach Nate McMillan has now won 700 games in his career, despite having to self-quarantine when his son, assistant coach Jamelle McMillan, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day. To conclude the game, Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon missed a potential game-tying jumper from the halfcourt.
Young was 13-for-27 from the field, including three 3-pointers, while also dishing out 10 assists and pulling down eight rebounds. Kevin Huerter had 19 points and four blocks, while John Collins had 14 points and four blocks. Indiana was led by Brogdon, who had 27 points and nine assists, and Domantas Sabonis, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Myles Turner scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and blocked two shots.
The Rockets won by a score of 114 to 110 in their game against the Thunder.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 2, 2021
Jae’Sean Tate scored a career-high with 32 points to lead Houston to a win over Oklahoma City.
Following a 15-game losing streak, the Rockets extended their winning streak to four games. The Thunder have dropped seven of their last ten games.
The Rockets beat the Thunder 41-29 in the fourth quarter, with Tate scoring 13 points and Armoni Brooks contributing 10 of his 18 points off the bench. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City, who scored a season-high 39 points on 12-of-26 shooting, had a fantastic night tarnished by Houston’s comeback.
The Wizards defeated the Timberwolves 115-107.
As host Washington pulled away from Minnesota, Bradley Beal scored four straight baskets to spark a late run, and Montrezl Harrell concluded a season-high 27-point night with a pair of dunks.
📝 GAME RECAP
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 2, 2021
The Wizards won their third game in a row after losing four of their previous five. Beal had 19 points, Daniel Gafford had 18, and Davis Bertans had 15.
For the Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns had a 34-point, 10-rebound double-double in their only loss in their last nine games.
139 for the Mavericks, 107 for the Pelicans.
As visiting Dallas picked up a season-high in points and dominated New Orleans, Luka Doncic scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 2, 2021
The Mavericks won for the second time in seven games, thanks to Kristaps Porzingis’ 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jalen Brunson’s 17 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 16 points. They made 68.7% of their shots from the field, including 18 of 34 3-point attempts. Dallas employed all 15 players, 13 of whom scored, for a total of 72 points from the bench.
Clippers 115, Kings 124
Back on Friday. pic.twitter.com/Ae624T08DF
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 2, 2021
Sacramento continues to have a good time in Los Angeles, winning for the second time in six days at Staples Center, this time easily.
For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox had a game-high 24 points, Terence Davis had a season-high 23, and Davion Mitchell had 20 points in a 141-137, three-overtime triumph over the Lakers last week in Los Angeles.
The Clippers’ reserves, Luke Kennard and Terance Mann, both scored 19 points, while Ivica Zubac added 17 for their third consecutive loss. The Kings have won four of their last five games against the Clippers in Los Angeles, while the Clippers have won 15 consecutive in Sacramento.