NBA recap: Bucks, Magic wins highlight night of underdogs


Posted at Nov 30 2016 01:52 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a 118-101 rout of the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Photo by Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports

MANILA, Philippines — On paper, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs were primed for a cruise day on Tuesday in the NBA.

Instead they encountered rough waters against inferior opponents and came away with disastrous results.

Giannis Antetokounmpo equaled a career high of 34 points shooting 13 of 19 from the field to go with 12 rebounds and five steals to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the visiting Cavaliers 118-101.

Jabari Parker added 18 points and Michael Beasley finished with 17 to lead three Milwaukee bench players in double-figure scoring.

The Bucks (8-8) led by as many as 22 points, 103-81 early in the fourth quarter, in a surprisingly easy victory against the defending champion and East-leading Cavs (13-3).

LeBron James scored 22 points for Cleveland, which missed 25 of 39 three-point attempts.

In San Antonio, Serge Ibaka scored 18 points to lead the Orlando Magic past the Spurs 95-83.

The Magic (7-11) took advantage of a cold-shooting night by the hosts, who shot 36.8 percent from the field (28 of 76).

The Spurs (14-4), whose four losses came at home, were led Kawhai Leonard's 21 points.

In Brooklyn, Sean Kilpatrick exploded for a career-high 38 points as the Nets survived a strong performance by two Clippers All-stars to win 127-122 in double overtime.

Chris Paul finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 21 points and 23 rebounds, but the Clippers couldn't finish off the lowly Nets even after leading by as many as 18 points.

Brooklyn has been looking for an offensive sparkplug from its back court with Jeremy Lin (hamstring) sidelined.

Kilpatrick has been providing that of late, averaging 24.7 points and shooting 47.2 percent (34 of 75) from the floor over the past four games. He also finished with a career-best 14 rebounds against the Clippers (14-5), who have lost three straight and are 1-3 in this current road trip.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, there was less than a 1-percent chance for the Spurs, Clippers and Cavaliers to all lose on the same day.

In other games, the Utah Jazz routed the Houston Rockets 120-101, the Detroit Pistons dumped the Charlotte Hornets 112-89 and the New Orleans Pelicans demolished the Los Angeles Lakers 105-88.

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