NBA update: Antetokounmpo scores 23 as Bucks beat Bulls

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his return from a back injury, and Milwaukee cruised to a win at Chicago.

Khris Middleton finished with a team-high 25 points for Milwaukee, which won its third straight game. Guard Eric Bledsoe returned from a right leg injury and scored 15 points in 16 minutes of limited action.

Bulls guard Zach LaVine scored a team-high 19 points despite missing 16 of 23 shots. Lauri Markkanen added 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 10 points and 11 boards.

Washington Wizards 123 – Miami Heat 105

Jordan McRae scored 29 points and Garrison Mathews added 28 points to help hosts Washington cool off Miami, who entered the day with the league’s longest active winning streak at five games.

Garrison Mathews (24) scored his career-high 28 points as the Wizards shocked the Miami Heat

Ian Mahinmi added a career-high 25 points — including 2 of 3 on 3-pointers — for the Wizards. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 27 points, and Bam Adebayo added 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Wizards, who entered the game having lost nine of 11 games, took control in the second quarter when Mathews had 20 points. Washington overcame the absences of seven injured players, most notably two-time All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal (sore right knee), who leads the team in scoring (27.8 points) and assists (6.7).

Beal had played 194 consecutive games before missing the past two contests.

Minnesota Timberwolves 122-115 Brooklyn Nets

Shabazz Napier scored eight of his season-high 24 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a nine-game home losing streak, with a 122-115 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Napier (13) dribbles the ball in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Target Center.

Rookie Jarrett Culver added a career-high 21 points for the Wolves, who made 7 of 10 shots in overtime and shot 40.4 percent overall. Keita Bates-Diop added 15 points, and Robert Covington contributed 14.

Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng collected 11 points and 20 rebounds, while starting in place of Karl-Anthony Towns — who has a sprained left knee — for the seventh straight game.

Spencer Dinwiddie led all scorers with 36 points on 12-of-31 shooting for the Nets, who blew a five-point lead in the final two-plus minutes of regulation and lost their third straight game.

Other results

Phoenix Suns 122 – 116 Portland Trail Blazers

Utah Jazz 104 – 81 Detroit Pistons

Atlanta Hawks 101 – 93 Orlando Magic

 

Chidi Nwoke.