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Jrue Holiday converted a short jump into a three-point play with 1:32 remaining, then added a driving hoop 33 seconds later Saturday night, allowing the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to stop a Sacramento rally. Kings to a 129-128 win with no MVP Candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday’s personal five-point burst capped a 33-point night, the best of the season. The Bucks led 118-105 after an inning by Brook Lopez with 6:48 left. But despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings made a brisk late push, scoring 14 of the next 15 points to tie the game at 119 on a 3-pointer by Terence Davis with 2:06 to play. . Davis, who shared the Kings honors with De’Aaron Fox with 27 points, had a pair of 3s in Sacramento’s frenzied late run. Fox added a three-point play, while Buddy Hield made the rest of the score with a dunk and a triple. Lopez added 26 points, Bobby Portis 18 and Khris Middleton 16 for the Bucks. Donte completed 14 rebounds, the game’s maximum, with 12 points. Buddy Hield finished with 19 points and Tyrese Haliburton had 12 points and 11 assists for the Kings. 76ers 122, Timberwolves 113 Tobias Harris scored 32 points and Joel Embiid added 24 on his return from a 10-game absence to lead host Philadelphia to a victory over Minnesota. Embiid added eight rebounds and three blocks in his first game since bruising his left knee in Philadelphia’s 127-101 win over the Washington Wizards on March 12. Shake Milton and Ben Simmons each scored 14 points and Seth Curry contributed 13 for the 76ers, who have won 12 of their last 15 games. Philadelphia shot 50.6 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from 3-point range to win its eighth consecutive meeting with Minnesota. Mavericks 109, Wizards 87 Luka Doncic finished with 26 points, Jalen Brunson came off the bench to score 19 and visiting Dallas closed out a five-game road swing with a win at Washington. All five Mavericks starters scored in double figures, including Tim Hardaway Jr. with 16 points. He made back-to-back 3s in the fourth quarter that extended Dallas’ lead to 19 points and effectively nullified Washington’s comeback efforts. Robin Lopez came off the bench to score 18 points on 8 of 9 shooting and Raúl Neto added 16 points for the Wizards. The NBA’s leading scorer, Bradley Beal, missed his fourth straight game due to a hip contusion. Pacers 139, Spurs 133 (overtime) TJ McConnell hit a jump shot with the shot clock running out with 17.8 seconds left in overtime as part of his 18-point performance as Indiana edged host San Antonio in overtime. Overtime was tied at 130 with 3:46 to play until Indiana pulled away down the stretch, with Turner making three free throws and McConnell making a pair of shots. Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 26 points, with Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday adding 18 each. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for San Antonio, which has lost two in a row and seven of its last nine games. Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray each scored 20 for the Spurs. Jazz 137, Magic 91 Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and led Utah‘s three-point blitz with six in a win over Orlando in Salt Lake City. Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 17 points, while Jordan Clarkson threw 15 off the bench for the Jazz to win their ninth consecutive game overall and 22nd in a row at home. Utah set an NBA record with 18 triples in the first half, beating the 2018 Golden State Warriors (17). Wendell Carter Jr. led the Magic with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Chuma Okeke added 16 points. The Magic did not have Michael Carter-Williams (non-Covid disease), Otto Porter Jr. (pain in the left foot), Khem Birch (non-Covid disease) and Karim Mane (right hamstring). Trail Blazers 133, Thunder 85 CJ McCollum scored 20 points in just 26 minutes as host Portland swept through Oklahoma City to win for the eighth time in the last 11 games. Damian Lillard added 16 points in 25 minutes as the Trail Blazers led as many as 52 points. Portland’s margin of victory is the largest of the season. Kenrich Williams (NYSE 🙂 scored 18 points and backup teammate Tony Bradley contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City, which lost for the fifth time in the last six games. Knicks 125, Pistons 81 Julius Randle added 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds and visiting New York built a 26-point lead in the first quarter and earned a victory over Detroit. Reggie Bullock shot 22 points, including six triples, as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak and completed a three-game sweep of the season series. Jerami Grant’s 16 points led the Pistons. Hamidou Diallo added 14 points and Cory Joseph contributed 10 in the loss. Heat 115, Cavaliers 101 Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson each had 18 points to lead a balanced scoring effort by host Miami in a victory over Cleveland. Adebayo, who also had 11 rebounds and five assists, posted his 24th double-double of the season when seven Heat players scored in double figures to help secure their fourth straight win. Robinson continued his torrid shooting streak, making 6-of-9 3-pointers. Robinson hit at least four 3s for the sixth straight game and is shooting 54.5 percent (30-of-55) from long range in that stretch. –Field level media