PHOENIX. – Devin Booker scored 20 of his team-high 36 points in a 47-point first quarter for Phoenix on Sunday as the host Suns took advantage of the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo to thump the Milwaukee Bucks 140-131.
The Bucks announced before the game that an MRI exam taken on Antetokounmpo’s left knee, injured in Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, showed no significant damage, but that the Most Valuable Player candidate would be held out of at least two games nonetheless.
The Bucks (53-11) have lost two in a row for the first time this season and three of their past four. Milwaukee, which had gone 9-0 after its previous nine losses — winning by an average of 17.0 points — completes a three-game trip with a visit to Denver on Monday.
The absence was Antetokounmpo’s seventh of the season. Milwaukee fell to 5-2 in those games after winning their first five without last year’s MVP.
In other games, it was Brooklyn 110, Chicago 107; New Orleans 120, Minnesota 107; LA Lakers 112, LA Clippers 103; Oklahoma City 105, Boston 104; Miami 100, Washington 89; Indiana 112, Dallas 109; Orlando 126, Houston 106; Cleveland 132, San Antonio 129 (OT), New York 96, Detroit 84; and Toronto 118, Sacramento 113.
Lakers 112, Clippers 103
In Los Angeles, Anthony Davis had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Lakers snapped the host Clippers’ six-game winning streak.
LeBron James added 28 points, nine assists and seven boards for the Lakers, who won their fourth straight and 11th in 12 games. Avery Bradley scored a season-high 24 points, connecting on six 3-pointers. Kyle Kuzma finished with a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.
Paul George led the Clippers with 31 points and Kawhi Leonard had 27. Montrezl Harrell added 20 points for the Clippers, who lost for the first time to the Lakers in three contests this season. – Reuters