Bucks hold off struggling Heat, 91-84
Brandon Knight made three 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes to cap his 20-point effort, and the Milwaukee Bucks downed the slumping Heat 91-84 on Sunday night.
Jabari Parker added 13 points for the Bucks (5-5), who started 5-21 last season. Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia each scored 11. Milwaukee beat Miami for the first time in the teams’ last 10 meetings, including playoffs.
Mario Chalmers scored 18 for Miami (5-5), which was again without Dwyane Wade and lost its third straight. Shawne Williams had 13 points for the Heat, who got 11 from Norris Cole and 10 apiece from Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Shabazz Napier.
Bosh shot 2 for 17 from the field, dropping him to 12 for 49 in his last three games. In games where he’s taken at least 10 shots, Bosh has shot worse only once – a 1-for-18 night at Chicago in 2011.
The Heat struggled again from the foul line, shooting 13 for 22 and are now 21 for 40 from the stripe in their last two home games.
The Heat closed to 78-74 on Williams’ third 3-pointer of the night with 3:41 left. But Miami couldn’t get a stop on the ensuing trip and after Bosh blocked Antetokounmpo’s shot near the rim, Milwaukee controlled the rebound and got the ball to Knight, who ensured that the contest ended in favour of Milwaukee with his efforts.
Warriors beat Lakers 136-115 despite Kobe’s 44
The Golden State Warriors got off to such a fast start, they gave Kobe Bryant no other choice but to keep shooting the ball to keep the Los Angeles Lakers within striking distance.
Stephen Curry had 30 points and 15 assists, Marreese Speights added 24 points, and the Warriors cruised to a 136-115 victory Sunday night despite 44 points by the 36-year-old Bryant.
Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacific Division-leading Warriors, who are off to an 8-2 start in Kerr’s first season. Klay Thompson, who had 41 points in a win against the Lakers on Nov. 1, finished with 18 in the rematch.
Bryant, who sat out the fourth quarter with Los Angeles down by 36 points, was 15 for 34 from the field in 31 minutes – two nights after he played sick against the Phoenix Suns and missed his first 10 shots before finishing 1 for 14 with nine points.
Jordan Hill had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, off to a franchise-worst 1-9 start despite Bryant’s 27.3-point scoring average. Four players scored in double digits in the first half for Golden State en route to a 74-55 lead, including Speights with a team-high 16.
Results: Golden State Warriors 136 LA Lakers 115; Houston Rockets 69 Oklahoma City Thunder 65; Milwaukee Bucks 91 Miami Heat 84; Denver Nuggets 93 New York Knicks 109
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