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Giannis & Bucks top Clippers for 14th straight win, LeBron's Lakers down Blazers

By Sacha Pisani
Giannis Antetokounmpo

LA, December 7: The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to 14 games as birthday boy Giannis Antetokounmpo inspired a 119-91 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Friday's NBA showdown was one-sided in Milwaukee, where the Bucks (20-3) led by as many as 41 points thanks to Antetokounmpo's 21st double-double of the season.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo – celebrating his 25th birthday – scored 27 points and 11 rebounds in under 30 minutes to down Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers on home court.

Giannis delighted to emulate Michael Jordan

Leonard had 17 points for the Clippers (16-7), while star team-mate Paul George added 13.

Elsewhere, LeBron James and Anthony Davis guided the Los Angeles Lakers to a 136-113 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.

James put up 31 points and Davis contributed a team-high 39 points as the Lakers (20-3) claimed their 11th successive road win.

Butler's triple-double ignites Heat

Jimmy Butler posted 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds – his second triple-double of the week – as the Miami Heat downed the Washington Wizards 112-103. The Heat are 9-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

The Detroit Pistons edged the Indiana Pacers 108-101 thanks to 25 points and 22 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Blake Griffin added 25 points.

Nikola Jokic recorded a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds but the Denver Nuggets still lost 108-95 to the Boston Celtics.

Nance struggles

Larry Nance Jr. played a game-high 41 minutes in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 93-87 defeat against the Orlando Magic. While he collected 11 rebounds, Nance managed just four points on two-of-10 shooting from the floor. The 26-year-old also missed all three of his three-point attempts.

LeBron the magician

Somehow, James – surrounded by three Blazers players – made this shot in Portland.

Friday's results

Orlando Magic 93-87 Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons 108-101 Indiana Pacers Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Charlotte Hornets Miami Heat 112-103 Washington Wizards Golden State Warriors 100-98 Chicago Bulls Oklahoma City Thunder 139-127 Minnesota Timberwolves (OT) Boston Celtics 108-95 Denver Nuggets Milwaukee Bucks 119-91 Los Angeles Clippers San Antonio Spurs 105-104 Sacramento Kings (OT) Los Angeles Lakers 136-113 Portland Trail Blazers

Cavaliers at 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers (15-7) are 10-0 on home court and they will be looking to preserve that perfect record when the Cleveland Cavaliers roll into town on Saturday. After a shock loss to the Wizards in the American capital, the 76ers are seeking a response against the 5-16 Cavs.

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Story first published: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12:20 [IST]
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