Bucks drub Pistons behind Giannis’ 43

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    ATTACK MODE: Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives off Detroit Pistons guard Saddiq Bey. REUTERS PHOTO

    Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 43 points— including a career-high 30-point first half— as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the visiting Detroit Pistons 125-115 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    He added nine rebounds and four assists, while Khris Middleton contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Jrue Holiday had 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals and D.J. Augustin added 11 points and six assists. The teams will play once again in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

    Derrick Rose had 24 points and eight assists to lead Detroit. Jerami Grant also scored 24 points, while Svi Mykhailiuk, Sekou Doumbouya and Wayne Ellington added 13 apiece.

    The Pistons played without starter Blake Griffin, who was rested with the team playing its third game in four days. Point guard Killian Hayes departed in the third quarter with a hip injury.

    In other games, it was the Mavericks 113, Rockets 100; Sixers 118, Hornets 101; Warriors 137, Kings 106; Magic 103, Cavaliers 83; Heat 118, Thunder 90; Celtics 126, Raptors 114; Pacers 118, Pelicans 116; Knicks 113, Hawks 108.

    Mavericks 113, Rockets 100

    Luka Doncic produced a 30-point triple-double, his first of the season, while Tim Hardaway Jr. repeatedly drilled timely perimeter shots as Dallas held off host Houston.

    Doncic, who sat in a loss at Chicago on Sunday with a quad contusion, finished with 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to pace the Mavericks. Hardaway scored 30 points off the bench on 8-of-10 3-point shooting.

    Christian Wood led the Rockets with 23 points and seven rebounds, but the guard trio of James Harden (21 points, 10 assists), Eric Gordon (20 points) and John Wall (14 points, four assists) shot a combined 14 of 39.

    Sixers 118, Hornets 101

    Tobias Harris scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures— including all five starters— as host Philadelphia defeated Charlotte.

    Joel Embiid added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Danny Green contributed 13 points, and Ben Simmons had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who won their fourth in a row and 13th straight over the Hornets.

    Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey added 11 points each and Dwight Howard grabbed 13 rebounds off the bench. Shake Milton scored 10 points.

    Warriors 137, Kings 106

    Stephen Curry followed up a career-best 62-point effort with 30 more in just 31 minutes, propelling host Golden State to a second straight run-away win while ending a three-game losing streak to Sacramento.