Milwaukee Bucks of America super star, Giannis Adetokunbo (Antetokounmpo) was again in top form and helped his side surge to another victory in USA’s National Basketball Association (NBA) league, megasportsarena.com reports.
On a night when all eyes were again on the Nigerian-born Greece international, Antetokounmpo surged in overtime, netting 10 of his 32 points to lift The Bucks to a thrilling 109-105 win over Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
The NBA’s Eastern Conference leaders exploded out of the gates against third-placed Milwaukee to lead 45-31 at half-time, before Antetokounmpo, who finished with 15 rebounds and five assists, led a second-half revival.
The Bucks forced the game into overtime with a 28-19 surge in the last quarter before the NBA’s reigning and back-to-back most valuable player asserted his authority to seal victory for his side, with Donte DiVincenzo adding 20 points and Jrue Holiday got 19.
Tobias Harris led an even effort from the 76ers with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Danny Green scored 18 and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 15 boards; while same night in the NBA, James Harden excelled with his 11th triple-double of the season to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 125-115 win at Indiana Pacers.
Harden, who has turned the Nets into one of the form teams in the competition since arriving in January, had 40 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to lift the under-strength Brooklyn, who were without Kyrie Irvin, Kervin Durant and Blake Griffin.
Joe Harris had 19 points for The Nets, who sit between The 76ers and Bucks in the upper reaches of the Eastern Conference table, while Jeff Green and Tyler Johnson had 15 each, while Malcolm Brogdon had 24 points for Indiana and Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds plus 11 assists.
Elsewhere, Cleveland Cavaliers ended a four-game losing streak to bring St Patrick’s Day pain to Boston Celtics with a 117-110 win, with Collin Sexton scoring 29 points and Darius Garland adding 25.
Cleveland led throughout and held a 55-38 advantage at half time but had to hold off a second-half fight-back by Boston led by Jayson Tatum, who finished with 29 points, and Jaylen Brown, who had 28.
Larry Nance Jr had 18 points and 10 rebounds for The Cavs, while Sacramento Kings won 121-119 at the Washington Wizards, the Detroit Pistons beat the visiting Toronto Raptors 116-112, the San Antonio Spurs won 106-99 at the Chicago Bulls.
Golden State Warriors won 108-94 away to Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets won 129-104 at home to Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies edged aside visiting Miami Heat 89-85, and Dallas Mavericks won at home against Los Angeles Clippers, 105-89.