Khris Middleton scored a career-high 51 points as the Milwaukee Bucks recorded a franchise-record 88 first-half points, while holding off a second-half surge to beat the visiting Washington Wizards 151-131 on Tuesday night.
Despite playing without reigning Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed the contest to rest a sore right shoulder, Milwaukee burst to a season-best 42 first-quarter points.
The victory was the Bucks’ ninth straight, and Milwaukee improved the best record in the NBA to 41-6. Washington fell for the sixth time in eight games despite Bradley Beal scoring a season-high 47.
The 88 points smashed Milwaukee’s previous season high of 76 first-half points set just 12 days ago prior in a 128-123 defeat of the Boston Celtics, and it marked a league high dating back to Houston’s 90 at Phoenix on Nov. 16, 2017.
Toronto Raptors 130 – 114 Atlanta Hawks
Serge Ibaka had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 24 points and nine rebounds, and Toronto defeated visiting Atlanta for its season-best eighth consecutive win.
Kyle Lowry had 12 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists to become Toronto’s all-time leader in assists with 3,772, passing Jose Calderon (3,770).
John Collins had 28 points and 12 rebounds,while Trae Young added 18 points and 13 assists for Atlanta, which has lost 10 consecutive games against Toronto. Former Raptor Vince Carter, who received a video tribute and a standing ovation, scored 10.
Phoenix Suns 133 – 104 Dallas Mavericks
Devin Booker scored 32 points and Deandre Ayton added 31 as Phoenix got off to a hot start, and then used a big third quarter to finish off a blowout road victory over Dallas.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 19 points and Mikal Bridges added 13 as the Suns won their fourth road game in their past five tries primarily due to a 48-point third quarter.
Luka Doncic scored 21 points for the Mavericks, who lost for the third time in their past five games and dropped their second consecutive home game.
Other NBA results
Philadelphia 76ers 115 – 104 Golden State Warriors
Memphis Grizzlies 104 – 96 Denver Nuggets
Boston Celtics 109 – 101 Miami Heat
New Orleans Pelicans 125 – 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Charlotte Hornets 97 – 92 New York Knicks