Doncic-less Mavs wins Bucks 18 times, despite Gianni Antetokounmpo’s 48

The Dallas Mavericks ended the Milwaukee Bucks’ win in 18 games after a 120-116 NBA win.

Despite the absence of injured star and MVP contender Luka Doncic, the Mavericks stopped the red-hot Bucks on Monday.

Neither Yannis Antecunbo’s 48 points and 14 rebounds were enough to prevent the Bucks from attempting the defeat for the first time since November 8th.

The Bucks (24-4) have been their longest winning streak since a franchise-record 20 consecutive wins in 1970-71.

Seth Curry and Kristaps Porzingis inspired the Mavericks (18-8) with 26 points on the road in Milwaukee.

The Rockets rally sets a franchise record

Russell Westbrook (31 points) and James Harden (28 points) combined as Houston Rockets overturned a 25-point deficit atop the San Antonio Spurs 109-107. It is Houston’s biggest franchise comeback that rose 23 points below the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers.

Pascal Siakam had 33 points and Kyle Lowry sent 20 points and 11 assists to lead the Toronto Raptors to the dismal Cleveland Cavaliers 133-113.

Rookie Ja Morant scored 20 points and delivered 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies cooled down the Miami Heat 118-111.

CJ McCollum scored 30 points, Damian Lillard finished with 27 and Carmelo Anthony added 23 as the Trail Blazers brought the Phoenix Suns 111-110. Paul became the second player in NBA history with 18,000 points, 9,000 assists and 2,000 steals.

Zach LaVine’s 39 points couldn’t stop the Chicago Bulls 109-106 from falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were led by Chris Paul with 30 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs get a little off the bench

It was another difficult night for the Cavaliers (6-21), who lost seven of eight games in December. None of the players in the team reached double digits.

Lillard with a critical three-point play

The Blazers’ guard came big when his team needed him most. With 25.6 seconds left and Portland 110-108, Lillard made a bucket and foul to put the Blazers ahead and for good.

The results of Monday

Washington Wizards 133-119 Detroit Pistons
Toronto Raptors 133-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks 120-116 Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Thunder 109-106 Chicago Bulls
Houston Rockets 109-107 San Antonio Springs
Memphis Grizzlies 118-111 Miami Ther
Portland Trail Blazers 111-110 Phoenix Sun.

Lakers in the Pacers

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers roll in Indiana for Tuesday’s clash with the Pacers. The Lakers (24-3) have won seven, while the 18-9 Pacers are looking for their fourth consecutive victory.

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