LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each had 33 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a huge early deficit to beat the Miami Heat 130-116 Thursday, clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Miami, playing without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic, led by 23 in the first half and led by six after three. The Bucks still trailed by a point with about five minutes remaining before using a 20-0 run, with three dunks from Antetokounmpo, to cruise to the victory.
Portland 125, Denver 115: Damian Lillard tied his franchise record with 11 three-pointers and scored 45 points, and the Trail Blazers moved closer to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference by beating the Nuggets. Lillard was 11-for-18 from three-point range, and he also had 12 assists.
Phoenix 114, Indiana 99: Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Suns continued their improbable run in Disney World, beating the Pacers to improve to 4-0 in the bubble and keep their Western Conference playoff hopes alive. The Suns pulled away with a 21-0 run that bridged the end of the the third quarter and the start of the fourth.
Sacramento 140, New Orleans 125: Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 35 points to help the Kings beat the Pelicans. De'Aaron Fox had 30 points and 10 assists and Harrison Barnes added 22 points for the Kings, who won for the first time in four tries since the restart.
L.A. Clippers 126, Dallas 111: Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to help the Clippers beat the Mavericks. Ivica Zubac had 24 points on 10-for-10 shooting and added 15 rebounds for Los Angeles.