Mon, 11 Dec 2023

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points in the Milwaukee Bucks' 135-110 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans, while Ja Morant posted a triple-double and the Memphis Grizzlies came from behind to beat the Indiana Pacers 112-100 on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo was five points shy of his career-high set in a 123-113 victory over the Washington Wizards earlier this month. The Greek star shot 20 of 26 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and went 7 of 12 on free-throw attempts. He also grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bucks handed the Pelicans their eighth straight loss.

The Bucks never trailed and won their fourth straight as they opened a four-game home stand, also reaching the 130-point mark for the fifth time in their last seven games. Jrue Holiday scored 17, and Brook Lopez added 15 for the Bucks.

Playing without its top three scorers, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, New Orleans could not match the Antetokounmpo-led Bucks offense.

Antetokounmpo went 8 of 9 for 18 points in the opening period, only one fewer than New Orleans' scoring total, helping the Bucks set up an 18-point cushion.

Antetokounmpo collected 29 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, powering the Bucks to an unassailable lead. This was Antetokounmpo's 10th game this season with at least 40 points.

Alvarado led the Pelicans with 18 points, while Trey Murphy III and Jonas Valanciunas had 16 each.

Morant contributed 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists as Memphis recovered from a lackluster first half to snap its five-game losing streak. It was Morant's second straight triple-double and fifth of the season.

The Pacers led by as many as 19 in the first half, and they had a 62-50 advantage at the break.

The Grizzlies outscored Indiana 30-17 in the third to retake the lead and broke the game open with a 13-2 run to start the fourth.

Rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored 27 points for the Pacers, who also got 16 points from Aaron Nesmith and 15 from Myles Turner.

In Charlotte, Terry Rozier scored 31 points and the Hornets stopped Miami's three-game winning streak with a 122-117 victory over the Heat.

Cedi Osman tied his career high with 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Los Angeles Clippers 122-99.

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