Bucks beat Nuggets to finish gruelling schedule stretch
The Milwaukee Bucks have been road warriors in November and they overcame the Nuggets 121-114 in Denver on Sunday.
The Bucks took their show on the road once more, roughly 24 hours after losing in overtime to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Playing their sixth game in 11 days, and fifth in eight, you would have expected the Bucks to be out of gas. Instead, they beat a very good Nuggets squad in a matchup of 9-3 teams.
Center Brook Lopez led the way with 28 points, hitting eight-of-13 three-point shots.
For a team that would have had every excuse to be tired – which often leads to poor shooting – Milwaukee were hot from the field, shooting 57 per cent overall and 50 per cent beyond the arc. Giannis Antetokounmpo (22 points), Khris Middleton (21) and Malcolm Brogdon (20) all scored 20 or more points.
Five of the Bucks' six games in that 11-day stretch were road games, including stops at Boston, Portland and Golden State. The Bucks finished 3-3 in that brutal run of games, their toughest schedule stretch of the season. Milwaukee now get a couple of days off before beginning a six-game homestand on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Harden hot for Rockets
One night after a dreadful shooting performance against the Spurs, James Harden was firing on all cylinders against the Pacers on Sunday. Harden scored 40, hitting nine-of-20 shots (including eight-of-18 three-pointers) to key the Rockets' 115-103 victory.
The Knicks hit only five of 28 three-point attempts (17.9 per cent) in a 115-89 loss to the Magic.
Chandler produces again
Tyson Chandler won the game for the Lakers with a last-second block.
Charlotte Hornets 113-103 Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets 115-103 Indiana Pacers
Orlando Magic 115-89 New York Knicks
Milwaukee Bucks 121-114 Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers 100-94 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 107-106 Atlanta Hawks
Warriors at Clippers
The Warriors (11-2) will face their second game without Stephen Curry, who is out with a groin strain. The Clippers (7-5) have won three of four games, including an impressive overtime win against the Bucks on Saturday.