All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks wore down the short-handed Indiana Pacers in a 142-133 victory Thursday night in Indianapolis.
Indiana dressed just 10 players due to injuries and didn’t have a defensive answer for Antetokounmpo, the two-time NBA MVP who made 14 of 18 shots from the field — six on uncontested dunks — and hit 11 of 16 free throws.
The Bucks moved within a game of the Brooklyn Nets for the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 playoff seed.
Khris Middleton added 22 points, Brook Lopez had 21, and Jrue Holiday finished with 20 points and 14 assists.
Pacers All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis came out after tweaking his left knee in the third quarter. Sabonis had 10 points, 14 assists and six rebounds when he sat down.
Bulls 114, Raptors 102 — At Chicago: Zach LaVine scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 20 and Chicago beat short-handed Toronto.
Heat 106, 76ers 94 — At Miami: Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Miami held onto the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference, beating Philadelphia.
Hawks 116, Magic 93 — At Atlanta: Bogdan Bogdanovich scored 27 points, Trae Young added 18 and Atlanta beat Orlando for its third straight victory.
Clippers 113, Hornets 90 — At Charlotte, N.C.: Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 19 points off the bench on five 3-pointers and Los Angeles handed slumping Charlotte its fourth loss in the last five games.
Knicks 102, Spurs 98 — At New York: Alec Burks scored a season-high 30 points in his return from a three-game absence and New York kept up its chase of home-court advantage in the playoffs by rallying to beat San Antonio.
Grizzlies 116, Kings 110 — At Memphis, Tenn.: Dillon Brooks scored 30 points and Memphis used a late rally to defeat Sacramento in the first of a back-to-back between the teams.
Nuggets 114, Timberwolves 103 — At Minneapolis: Nikola Jokic scored 16 of his 31 points in the first quarter, and Denver held off a second-half rally to beat Minnesota.