Antetokounmpo, Bucks pull away late to beat Magic 121-99

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) tries to get control of a loose ball against the Orlando Magic on Monday in Orlando, Fla. The Bucks won, 121-99.

Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from a one-game absence because of a minor back injury and scored 22 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Orlando Magic, 121-99, on Monday night in Orlando, Fla.

Antetokounmpo, the reigning two-time NBA MVP, started slowly and battled through second-half foul trouble before coming alive in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee won a second straight and beat Orlando for a fifth consecutive time in the regular season.

Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, while reserve Bobby Portis played well for a second straight game, scoring 20 points.

Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the short-handed Magic, who have lost three straight since Markelle Fultz was lost to a season-ending knee injury. Aaron Gordon had 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds and contributed solid defense against Antetokounmpo.

Grizzlies 101, Cavaliers 91 — At Cleveland: Dillon Brooks scored 21 points and Memphis recovered after blowing a 16-point lead to beat Cleveland.

Hornets 109, Knicks 88 — At Charlotte, N.C.: Gordon Hayward scored 34 points and Charlotte beat New York for its fourth straight win.

Wizards 128, Suns 107 — At Washington: Bradley Beal scored 34 points and Washington snapped its three-game losing streak and won at home for the first time this season, beating Phoenix.

Hawks 112, 76ers 94 — At Atlanta: Trae Young scored 26 points, including the first three baskets of Atlanta’s dominant start to the second half, and the Hawks beat short-handed Philadelphia.

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