LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Brooklyn ahead to stay as the Nets beat Milwaukee, 119-116, on Tuesday afternoon to keep the Bucks from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with a career-high 26 points, while Antetokounmpo scored 16 points as he only played in the first half for Milwaukee, which has lost two of three seeding games.
Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said he wanted to get some of his Bucks rest at this point in the schedule.
“Thursday or whenever it is we play Miami we’ll be back to something more what I guess you’d consider normal and continue to build toward the start of the playoffs,” Budenholzer said.
With a playoff spot all but wrapped up, the Nets rested Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, and Caris Lavert, who scored 34 points in a win over Washington on Sunday. That allowed Jamal Crawford, 40, to make his Nets debut while playing in his first NBA game since April 9, 2019, for the Suns.
Crawford, the league’s oldest active player, checked in with 4:35 left in the first quarter, but left early in the second with an injured left hamstring and didn’t return. Crawford had 5 points and three assists in six minutes. His status for the Nets’ game against the Celtics on Wednesday night is up in the air.
“We’ll get him diagnosed and see what happens from there,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. “I’m telling you, I love having him around. It was awesome to see him on the floor tonight, and I look forward to him being on the floor again.”
Garrett Temple scored 19 for the Nets, Tyler Johnson and Justin Anderson each had 11.
For the Bucks, Kyle Korver scored 13 points, and Ersan Ilyasova had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Nets have a patchwork lineup but are fighting Orlando for seventh place in the East and putting more distance between ninth-place Washington as they try to avoid a play-in for the final postseason spot.
The Nets led, 94-88, at the start of the fourth, and the Bucks went on a 16-10 run to take their first lead of the second half at 107-104 on a 3-pointer by D.J. Wilson with 5:31 left. Sterling Brown’s 3 with 3:56 left put the Bucks up, 110-107.
Chris Chiozza scored on a reverse layup, then Luwawu-Cabarrot hit a 3 with 2:59 left to put the Nets ahead to stay.
Booker, Suns stay perfect
Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I’m happy for him, but he’d be the first one to tell you we’re not done,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said of Booker.
The Suns improved to 3-0 in the bubble as they chase a playoff spot.
“This is a fun team to be a part of and we’re having fun with it,” Booker said. “This whole experience . . . we just wanted to come down here and make some noise and that’s what we’re doing.”
Kawhi Leonard had tied the game with two free throws with 31.3 seconds to go. Ricky Rubio missed a shot after that and Ivica Zubac got the rebound, but he threw a bad pass that Mikal Bridges stole to give the Suns another chance.
Booker dribbled left before being cut off by Leonard. He turned the other direction and shot as George was closing, then crashed to the court as his teammates surrounded him to celebrate the victory.
“You pretty much [saw] the shot,” Leonard said. “He got to his spot.”
The Clippers’ Lou Williams had 7 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes in his restart debut after missing the first two games. Williams had to quarantine for 10 days after visiting a strip club in Atlanta after he was granted permission to leave the Disney bubble for a family member’s funeral.
He said he could have made a better decision, but that he thinks it became a bigger story that it needed to be because of where he went.
“At the end of the day, I was truly grieving two weeks ago,” he said. “I was thrown under the bus, and the attention was thrown to Magic City. If I went to a steakhouse or Hooters, it wouldn’t have been a story.”
Doncic makes history in OT win
Luka Doncic punctuated a historic triple-double by making the tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime and leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings, 114-110.
Doncic was sensational, finishing with 34 points, a career-high 20 rebounds, and 12 assists. At 21 years, 158 days, he became the youngest player to finish a game with 30 or more points, 20 or more rebounds, and 10 or more assists, shattering Oscar Robertson’s previous mark of 23 years, 12 days.
“We needed that,” Doncic said. “We played, I think, one of the worst games ever and we won. We didn’t play good. We still hang in there, help each other, never give up. I’m proud of the win.”
Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and seven rebounds before fouling out late in regulation.
It was the Mavericks’ first victory since arriving at Walt Disney World and allowed them to remain the only NBA to avoid three straight losses this season.
De'Aaron Fox scored 28 points and Buddy Hield had 21, but the Kings could not close out a game they controlled almost from the opening tip until the end of regulation.
“I thought we settled too much down the stretch instead of trying to put pressure on the rim,” Sacramento coach Luke Walton said.
Dallas scored the final 6 points in regulation to force overtime, then tied the score again at 102 when Tim Hardaway Jr. made three free throws with 3:10 to play.
Doncic broke the tie with a short basket and the Mavericks scored the next 5 points and never trailed again.
“I believe we had seven stops in a row to end regulation, which was huge,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It was a guts win.”
Warren (32) leads Pacers to third straight win
T.J. Warren scored 32 points to send the Indiana Pacers past the Orlando Magic, 120-109, for their third consecutive victory.
Warren has topped the 30-point mark in each game at Walt Disney World, starting with his 53-point outburst in the opener. He has 119 points (39.7 per game) in the restart.
“I’m just really in rhythm,” Warren said. “Really picking my spots and really just staying efficient. It was an all-around team effort and I’m just doing my part, doing what I’m capable of doing.”
Myles Turner added 21 points for the Pacers.
Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, whose season-best, five-game winning streak ended. Aaron Gordon added 20 points for Orlando, which is trying to claim its second straight playoff appearance for the first time since a six-year run ended in 2011-12.
The Magic never had a chance Tuesday, though.
“I can’t even tell you how disappointing it is,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said.
“We played a mindless game, mindless.”
Trail Blazers deny Rockets
Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets.
The Blazers led by one before Lillard made one of two free throws. Anthony’s 3 then extended the lead to 107-102 when less than a minute to go.
Lillard added two free throws and Anthony, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds, made one in the final minute to secure the victory for Portland, which is fighting for a playoff spot.
James Harden led Houston with 23 points and nine assists on a night he was slowed by foul trouble. Jeff Green added a season-high 22 points as the Rockets lost for the first time in the bubble after winning their first two games.
The Blazers were up by 6 midway through the final quarter after CJ McCollum and Lillard made consecutive baskets. But Green scored all Houston’s points in a 7-1 spurt that tied it at 98 a minute later.
McCollum finished with 20 points as the Blazers pulled within 1½ games of eighth-place Memphis.
Lakers secure top seed
Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds as and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs Monday night by beating the Utah Jazz, 116-108.
The Lakers (51-15) own a six-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and have five seeding games let before starting their first playoff run since 2013.
“If you’re winning enough games to secure the No. 1 seed, you’re building the right habits that are going to be necessary for you to win in the playoffs,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Obviously we have bigger aspirations than the No. 1 seed, but we are proud of the accomplishment and we’ll enjoy it while we’re getting ready to get our group ready for the playoffs.”
Utah (42-25) has clinched a playoff berth and is fifth in the West, a half-game behind Houston and a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City as of Tuesday morning.
Davis’s final basket resulted in a 4-point play with 42 seconds left, as he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Rudy Gobert and made the ensuing free throw to give the Lakers a 114-104 lead.
Utah’s Donovan Mitchell answered with a 4-point play of his own that cut the margin to 114-106 with 36 seconds remaining, but the Jazz couldn’t get any closer. Davis made two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to wrap up the scoring.
LeBron James scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 11, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 10 for the Lakers.
Mitchell scored 33 and Mike Conley had 24 for Utah. Gobert added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz.
The Lakers were coming off a 107-92 loss to Toronto in which Davis shot just 2 of 7 and scored 14 points. Davis was much more active Monday right from the start, as he scored 13 points and shot 6 of 14 in the first quarter alone.
Davis had 24 points by halftime, marking the 20th time this season he’s scored at least 20 points in a half.
“Coach just told me to be more aggressive,” Davis said. “He felt like, and I felt like too, that I just kind of played into Toronto’s defense, accepted the double-team. I was making the right plays, but I still have to be aggressive at the same time.”
Grizzlies’ Jackson done for season
The Memphis Grizzlies will be without forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. for whatever remains of this season after he hurt his left knee.
The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Jackson was injured when he landed awkwardly after making contact with an opponent while contesting a shot. Further evaluation found a meniscus tear in his left knee.
Jackson is expected to make a full recovery.
The Grizzlies, 0-3 in their seeding games, have a two-game lead over Portland and San Antonio for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
Jackson, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2018 draft out of Michigan State, is second on the Grizzlies with 17.4 points per game. Jackson scored 33 points in the Grizzlies' opening loss to Portland in the seeding games.