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کد خبر: 320875تاریخ: 1401/1/20 14:15
Bucks eye second seed after routing Pistons in NBA
Bucks eye second seed after routing Pistons in NBA
The Milwaukee Bucks edged closer to securing second seeding in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on Friday with a 131-101 rout of the Detroit Pistons.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists as the Bucks improved to 51-30 to tighten their grip on second place in the table, AFP reported.

Milwaukee will clinch the No. 2 spot with a win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland today, while the Boston Celtics must beat the Memphis Grizzlies in their final game to have any chance of snatching second place.

The Bucks led from start-to-finish, romping into a 30-8 lead after the first quarter and dominating thereafter, racing into a 32-point lead at one stage in the third quarter.

Antetokounmpo was one of six Bucks players in double figures, with Brook Lopez finishing with 17 points and Khris Middleton 15 points.

George Hill, Pat Connaughton and Jrue Holiday all chipped in with 10 points apiece.

In other games with play-off ramifications on Friday, the Brooklyn Nets scored a crucial 118-107 win over Cleveland to leapfrog over the Cavaliers into seventh place overall.

It means that if Brooklyn win their final regular season game today against the eliminated Indiana Pacers, the Nets will host a home game in the play-in tournament on Tuesday — possibly against Cleveland — where a direct route into the playoffs will be on offer.

Kevin Durant's 36-point display led the Nets to victory on Friday, with Kyrie Irving and Bruce Brown finishing on 18 points apiece.

Brown narrowly missed a triple double, with eight assists and 10 rebounds.

Darius Garland led the Cavaliers scorers with 31 points.

 

Comeback in fourth

 

Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton sealed the victory off a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise record with their 64th victory, The Associated Press reported.

Mikal Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 Phoenix run in the fourth quarter to tie it at 98. His dunk and three-point play with 46 seconds remaining gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.

The Jazz didnt score a field goal — nine straight misses — for almost seven minutes in the fourth quarter. Utah has lost 16 games where it held double-digit leads this season.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell had 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Suns long ago wrapped up the top seed in the NBA — and showed why they look like the team to beat.

The Suns finished with a franchise-record 32 road wins and become the first NBA team since 1969-70 New York Knicks to finish with a better road winning percentage than every other teams home winning percentage. The Jazz are currently in the fifth spot in the Western Conference but could possible fall to sixth on the final night of the season.

Jordan Clarkson beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to give Utah a 92-75 lead entering the fourth quarter, where the Jazz have been one of weakest finishers among playoff teams and the Suns have been the best.

 


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