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Bucks overcome the Spurs in NBA

Bucks overcome the Spurs in NBA
Michael Beasley scored 28 points as the Bucks rallied to beat the Spurs 109-107.

Michael Beasley scored a season-high 28 points in place of an ill Giannis Antetokounmpo, as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-107.

Kawhi Leonard had 30 points for San Antonio, who had their nine-game NBA home winning streak snapped.

It was a victorious night for the Bucks' Australian contingent of Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker over compatriot Patty Mills from the Spurs.

Dellavedova, who is being eased back from a hamstring injury, had four points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Rookie Maker managed five points and an assist in his 12 minutes while Mills had two rebounds and five assists.

'I think this game showed a lot of character and resilience,' Beasley said.

'It showed that we are working. We are trying to get better at late-game situations.'

Meanwhile, Gordon Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to help the Utah Jazz beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-92.

Hayward had 22 points and went back and forth with James during a decisive third quarter.

James brought the Cavs back from a 15-point halftime deficit before Hayward drove the lead back to 14.

Hayward had 11 points while the Jazz used a 16-0 run midway through the quarter to lead 74-60.

The Cavs had a 17-0 roll after halftime thanks an aggressive James and his 13 third-quarter points.

Trey Lyles had eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers, in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz hold on.

James finished with 29 points and Kyrie Irving added 20 for the Cavs.

In other matches, James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his second straight triple-double as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 for their ninth straight win.

John Wall has scored 26 points, including a game-winning baseline jumper with 5.9 seconds left, as the Washington Wizards scored a 101-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points, Kyle Lowry had 24 and the Raptors ended the Boston Celtics' four-game winning streak with a 114-106 victory.

Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 10 assists, Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks won their season-high seventh straight game with a 117-97 victory over the skidding Brooklyn Nets.

Stephen Curry had 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 28 points and the Golden State Warriors picked it up late to beat the Miami Heat 107-95.

While Sacramento defeated Detroit 100-94 and Portland beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-87.

- AAP